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5 Things To Avoid If
You Have Eczema


Eczema is
one of the most common skin concerns that affects people from all ages, both male
and female and is usually chronic. The symptoms of eczema include (but are not
limited to) very dry, tight skin, formation of dry, red patches and blisters on
the skin, frequent rashes, itchy skin, etc.

While it is
true that with 
certain lifestyle and diet changes you can keep eczema under
control, there are also things that make it worse and have to be avoided at all
costs. Since I’ve been struggling with dermatitis (a form of eczema) my entire
life I’d like to share with you (based on my personal experience) 5 of the most
common eczema triggers that are sure to make your skin feel “unhappy”.

Hot Showers & Long Baths

If you have
eczema, you are probably familiar with the rule
“Moisturize right after you get out of the shower!”. Since when you have eczema the lipid barrier of the skin is disrupted, dermatologists suggest
applying rich, hydrating cream in order to preserve more moisture inside the cells.

Sadly, after
taking a hot bath, even the most nutrient rich moisturizer, will not be able to
restore the moisture levels in your skin, neither your lipid barrier. Hot water
literally melts the sebum your skin produces and washes it away, leaving you
skin without its protective layer of lipids.

Similar thing
happens when you spend more than 10-15 minutes under the shower/in the bath
tub (even when the water is not very hot). Because water is actually dehydrating
for your skin, every time you indulge on a nice, relaxing bath/shower your skin
becomes dry and tight (especially if you live in a region where the water is
heavy).

Reducing the
amount of time you spend in the bathroom is crucial for keeping the symptoms
of eczema under control.

Harsh Cleansers

Strong detergents,
be it in shampoos, shower gels or soaps are your worst enemy. They break down
the natural lipid mantel of the skin, leaving the skin dehydrated and
unprotected. Ingredients like 
sulfates literally strip your skin off (not to
mention they increase its irritability and make it more susceptible to external
damage and infections).

If you have
eczema, I’d recommend switching to organic cleansers or at least ones that are
not loaded with sulfates.

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Scratching Your Skin

This one is
tough. I’ve been there and I know it. When your skin itches, you just can’t
control your hands.

Finding a
way to resist the urge to scratch, though, is sure to make your life with
eczema way easier. Scratching causes further damage to the skin and aggravates any
pre-existing inflammations. Scratching
vigorously leads to the formation of wounds that are basically “open doors” for
bacteria and viruses to enter your body. Not to mention, that when these wounds
start healing the urge to scratch doubles (when tissues heal, they scratch).

Now take your
hands of your skin, go to Pinterest and find some DIY crafts to occupy yourself
with – a better way to use your hands, trust me.

Stressing Out

Even though
it’s pretty much impossible to remove all stress from your life, reducing its
levels will help you feel more relaxed. When you are nervous and anxious, you
are more likely to give in to the urge to scratch. There are many ways to reduce stress, but until you find your own, you may have to experiment with
some stuff – yoga, meditation, deep breathing,
running, dancing, going out with friends (no beer/wine included – both increase
the levels of histamine in your body, hence make eczema worse), etc.

Plus, most
of the things that stress us out are basically things we can’t change/do anything
about, hence the energy we put into worrying about them is practically wasted.
Use your energy for something better.

Synthetic Clothing

Wearing
clothes made of synthetic fiber (and wool, in my case) is the worst I could do
to my skin. From all triggers listed in this article, this particular one, is
the one that always flared-up my eczema to an extent where I literally wanted
to “take my skin off”.

After switching
to organic cotton and loose-fitting clothes (keep in mind – the tighter the clothes, the more
the rubbing) my skin feels great. It is no longer irritated and I have less
swollen, red patches.

Lastly, I’d
like to mention that finding your own personal eczema triggers takes some time.
The ones mentioned here are the most common ones, but since we are all
different, so are the external factors that irritate our skin. Listen to your
body carefully and it will tell you everything. 

What makes your eczema worse? What helps your skin feel better? Tell us in the comments below – let’s share experience! 

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