If you’ve ever struggled with eczema you’ll know how irritating it can be, literally! There’s no cure but you can learn how to treat it correctly so that it doesn’t affect your life.
I’ve been told that as a baby I had pretty bad eczema, mainly in my skin creases. As an adult, I have struggled with really bad eczema on my lips, neck, hands and arm creases.
The dryness around my mouth started to appear again and got to the point where the sides of my mouth started to crack. It was super painful to eat or even talk but not only that, it shatters your confidence.
My first point of call was a chemist who recommended a ‘special lip balm’, no help what so ever. After months of suffering through trial and error of different eczema remedies and products with no like I decided to see a dermatologist.
You will have to go to your GP to get a referral to see a dermatologist.
I wish I had gone to see a dermatologist about my eczema sooner. The dermatologist prescribed me with two ointments, Diprosone and Advantan. These prescribed treatments helped to clear up my eczema along with the help of some natural remedies.
Rather than letting eczema control your life try this list of tips and natural remedies to keep your eczema at bay.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
It’s taken a lot of research, trial and error and many trips to the dermatologist to really understand my skin.
A dermatologist will examine your skin and ask you questions to help identify the triggers possibly causing your eczema. A professional will be able to properly diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatments for you.
Take everything people tell you with a grain of salt, always do your own research and never use medical treatments for too long.
STOP SPRAYING PERFUME ONTO YOUR SKIN
Avoid putting irritants like harsh soaps and perfumes directly onto your skin. Always spray perfumes onto clothing instead of your neck and wrists.
MANAGE TEMPERATURES AT HOME
We can’t control the weather but we can control the temperature in our homes.
I know how incredible a nice hot shower is before bed, however, it’s terrible for your skin. Hot showers strip your skin of all it’s natural oil and removes that protective barrier. Take warm-cool showers and keep them short.
Avoid using soaps, harsh scrubs, and exfoliating tools. They will just irritate your skin further, opt for a fragrance-free and calming body wash instead.
ALWAYS ADD MOISTURE BACK INTO THE SKIN
After washing your face or showering always add moisture back into your skin to avoid eczema. Applying a nice moisturiser right after a shower will help it to soak in.
I like to use no fragrance skincare on my face and body and vaseline on my lips. Vaseline is great because it has so many benefits for your skin. It acts as a protective barrier between your skin and the elements.
PICK YOUR CLOTHES WISELY
Unfortunately, eczema is often irritated by the clothing we wear. Wools and other synthetic fibers can cause itchiness and flare-ups.
Opt for cotton clothing, which is a lot nicer on the skin. I noticed recently my legs were getting aggressively itchy recently and realised it was because I was regularly wearing tight-fitting jeans.
This caused my eczema to flare up on my legs, so avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes.
If you have any tips that you use to help keep your eczema at bay, you can share them in the comment section.
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Brooke Lindsay x