Moisturizing is essential for an eczema-prone skin. Here we have listed the types of moisturizers you can use to heal skin dryness.
Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a repetitive skin inflammation causing sensitive, itchy, dry skin that turns into red and raised patches. An estimated 35 million American have eczema, including 1-3% of adults and 10-20% of children. Extreme dryness makes your skin prone to eczema as it causes cracking, flaking oozing. Dry skin is triggered by low humidity, cold temperature and collagens, perfumes and soaps.
It simply means that you need to keep your skin moisturized to avoid an occurrence of eczema. Here we have listed the simple ways to keep your skin moisturized.
Ointments are the common moisturizer type and are widely used for eczema. They are rich in oil content than other moisturizer. Therefore, you don’t feel burning sensation when you applied it to your sensitive skin. Good thing is that they lock in the moisture efficiently. Petroleum jelly and mineral oil are the common types of ointment.
Creams has high amount of oil and good in locking the moisture inside the skin. However, they are not greasy as ointments due to the less oil content than the latter. Choose the cream that is compatible to your skin and read the guidelines given on the pack.
Lotions are low in oil contents and contain more water, leading to their quick evaporation. Besides, they may irritate your skin due to the preservatives. Therefore, you should choose the lotion that can go well with your skin.
Wet wraps keep the skin moist to soothe intense itching and inflammation. It is very simple—soak wrap in warm water and apply it onto the affected parts of the skin.
What to Look for In a Moisturizer?
Many moisturizers claim to have aloe vera as their main ingredients. This is because aloe vera has anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and wound healing properties.
Ceramides improves the skin barrier and protects the moistness of the skin.
Colloidal oatmeal is important moisturizer’s component as it eases inflammation and itch. It is the one of the few natural components being verified by US FDA as skin protectant.
Things You Must Know While Using Moisturizer:
- Apply moisturizer after your topical or prescribed medications
- Apply a thick layer of moisturizer within 3 minutes after shower to lock in the moisture.
- Apply moisturizer at night, before going to the bed.
- Prefer non-perfumed and colorless moisturizer.
- Make sure to clean your hand before taking out the moisture to avoid contamination.
- Briskly rub moisturizer between your hands followed by an application in up to down motion. Avoid applying it in circular motion or by going up and down.
- Do not rub the skin intensely – this can increase irritation.
- Use moisturizer on your hands every time they come into contact with water.
- Don’t scratch your itchy skin as it can worsen the inflammation
- Apply the moisturizer several times a day, especially when your skin feels dry and itchy.