Did you know that there are multiple types of eczema? Atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema and although more common in children, the condition can also develop for the first time in adults. It’s not the nicest of conditions, causing the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It can also be a chronic condition meaning for a long-period people affected can float between periods where symptoms are less noticeable and huge flare-ups where widespread inflammation occurs. What a pain!
But how can you scratch that itch without doing so literally? How can you reduce the symptoms AND prevent future atopic eczema outbreaks? Here are five tips to help those suffering from atopic eczema.
Avoid over washing or spending too long in the bath or shower
We’ve spoken about this before and we can’t tell you the importance of keeping it short and sweet in the tub when you have dry skin or a condition such as atopic eczema. Using hot water or sitting and chilling for 15+ minutes in the bath or shower will strip your skin of its protective oils and fats. Without your protective oils, your skin barrier becomes weaker making it harder for your skin to retain water, a leading cause of atopic eczema flare-ups. Whenever the water content in skin cells falls below 10% it results in irritation – keep it short and get moisturising while the skin is still damp to ensure that you’re replacing that moisture. Our Body Milk works a dream, just saying!
It seems obvious but atopic eczema sufferers are still guilty of having a good scratch to satisfy the urge and that is absolutely the worst mistake they can make. As much as there are creams and ointments to soothe, as well as techniques such as mirror scratching, we’re firm believers in mind over matter. Keep your hands busy and reduce the urge. Sometimes scratching can become a habit – don’t fall for it.
There are many things that could set off an eczema flare and everyone is different. Your triggers might not be the same as someone else you know. Keep an eye on your body and find out what causes your skin to react.
Stress can be a huge trigger for atopic eczema and can worsen flare-ups. To counteract stress, why not try meditating? Focus on a word or sound as you practice deep breathing. Apps like Headspace are great for allowing you to get some breathing space.
Find the products that work for you
At Gallinée, our Body Milk, Hand Cream and Hydrating Face Cream have been tested for atopy-prone skin and guess what? They’ve been working. Smoothed, soothed and comfortable, skin is left feeling soft and fresh. At Gallinée, we take care of your good bacteria and help it to thrive on your skin by using ingredients that encourage the right kind of bacteria. That means that the weakened microbiome is built back up and atopic eczema flare-ups are reduced significantly.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing
Fabrics that are too rough, tight, or just itchy in general can trigger eczema. Clothes that are too warm or heavy can make you sweat and cause irritation to atopic eczema sufferers. Opt for soft clothes made from high-quality materials that are gentle on your skin and loosely-fitted. The oversized look is bang on trend, okay?
Do you suffer from atopic eczema? Always seek medical advice from a doctor if you are experiencing problems for the first time and discover the best route for you going forward. We love to hear from eczema sufferers who use our products – get in touch if we’ve helped you.