7 Tips to Help You Deal with Eczema

Eczema sucks. I should know, I’ve had atopic eczema for the past 13 years. During these 13 years, I keep on learning how to care for my skin during a flare up.

Here are some tips that have really helped.

Discover your Trigger

First off, everyone’s eczema has different triggers. Usually seeing a doctor will help you figure what triggers your eczema episode.

A dermatologist I saw way back when helped with diddly squat, so I did the research and discovered what triggered mine. Primarily, stress and weather changes.

So I know to always have my eczema kit prepped when the seasons change e.g. November-ish, March-ish, June-ish. Climate change is real guys.

Watch Out for Potential Irritants

Stick to fragrance free skincare when you are dealing with eczema and any other form of sensitive skin.

Any form of fragrance - synthetic or natural (essential oils) can make the flare up worse.

It's rare, but preservatives like methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylhexylglycerin and phenoxyethanol may cause further inflammation in some eczema patients.

So if you're using something like a lotion with any of these as part of your daily routine, set it aside until the flare up has healed.

Gently Wash

Whatever you use to wash your skin, stay away from harsh surfactants and sulfates like Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

This might work well if your moisture barrier is intact, but when the barrier is weak, it could irritate your skin even more.

For facial eczema, you can use an oil cleanser instead of your usual foaming cleanser.

For body eczema, use SLS free soaps, gentle shower gels or shower oils.

Reduce Exfoliation

The moisture barrier protects the skin by reducing water loss and preventing microbial contamination.

When you have eczema, the skin has a weak moisture barrier. You don’t need to make it any weaker with exfoliation.

Exfoliate less frequently, and when you do exfoliate, use gentle exfoliants like PHAs, damp, clean face towels or peeling gels .

Repair the Moisture Barrier

Above, I mentioned that skin with eczema has a weak moisture barrier. You need to restore the barrier so the skin can heal.

Load up on facial skincare with repairing ingredients like centella asiatica, niacinamide, cholesterol and ceramides.

In addition to the ingredients above, for the body, slather on creams and oils which have healing ingredients like lactic acid, urea and oats.

Hydrate Effectively

If your eczema is on the body, like mine, take a lukewarm NOT hot shower. Also, don’t wash your face with hot water or steam. The heat will dry your skin even more.

After that lukewarm shower, make like the Flash and quickly towel-dry. Apply body lotion or butter on damp skin.

My current favorite is adding squalane to the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Cream.

If the eczema is on your face, layer your skincare. Start with light water based products before applying creams or oils.

For example, cleanse, then apply hydrating mist then a hydrating serum. On top of that use a facial oil or the best of the best, Vaseline/NIVEA petroleum jelly in the blue tub.

Basically, you’re getting as much hydration as you can and sealing it in with the oil.

Slather on the Snail

Welcome to the world of healing Asian skin care. I actually discovered this accidentally while on a weekend getaway.

I usually apply hydrocortisone to calm down a random itchy eczema flare up.

This time, I forgot to carry the hydrocortisone. So I applied my snaily facial moisturizer on the patch instead. Oh the relief!

Digging into it, I realized the antimicrobial nature of snail mucin definitely helped. I usually use snail gel for light acne and overall tone but it’s now a staple in my eczema skincare too.

Of course this is anecdotal, but hey, if it worked for me, it might just work for you. You know how desperate eczema makes us.

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