Learn here how to keep your skin moisturized to soothe the itching and dry skin occurring during eczema.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition marked by extremely dry skin being prone to inflammation, cracking and oozing. The triggers of dry skin are wind, low humidity, cold temperature and harsh skin products. Therefore, it is important to keep your skin moisturized to avoid extreme dryness. Here we have rounded up a simple eczema’s moisturizing guide for that:
Choose Your Moisturizer Carefully:
Ointments are common type of moisturizer used for eczema. Generally, they are oilier than other topical products. They are good for sensitive skin and ease your burning sensation. They lock the moisture efficiently. Petroleum jelly and mineral oils are good examples of ointment.
Cream contains more percentage of oil after ointment, making them efficient for locking moisture. Plus, they are not as greasy as ointment due to the less percentage of oil than the latter. Make sure to choose the cream according to your skin type.
Lotions have very less percentage of oil. As they have more water content, they evaporate quickly and contain preservatives that can irritate your broken skin. If you are not comfortable with a lotion, applying an ointment can provide you relief.
Wet wraps are useful when eczema turns severe as they keep skin moist and moisturized for longer. Plus, they provide a cool soothing effect to ease the burning sensation.
So, these are the ways to keep your dry skin moisturized to lessen eczema’s effect. However, it is equally important to follow the precautions while using them.
- Use topical medications (if any) before your moisturizer.
- Apply the moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing, so that the moisturizer can be locked.
- It is better to use moisture at night, before going to your bed
- Non-perfumed and colorless moisturizers are best for sensitive and eczema affected skin.
- Wash your hands before applying the moisturizer to avoid the germs being passed on to your skin.
- Briskly rub the moisturizer between your hands and then use over the skin in downward motion. Avoid rubbing it in circular motion or by going up and down.
- Use moisturizer on your hands every time they come into contact with water.