Eczema

May, 2012 by WellSkin | Posted under: Articles
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Characterized by dry skin and inflammation, eczema is a common, non-contagious skin condition that occurs in about 15-20% of the population.1 Although eczema can be recurrent and unpredictable, there are certain things you can do to minimize the severity and the frequency of your eczema flare-ups.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Applied directly after bathing, moisturizers like Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream can be an effective way to keep your skin moist and well hydrated to
help prevent against recurrent flare-ups.2 For added hydration, ask your pharmacist to mix in Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream with 10 % glycerin or hydrated petrolatum to help protect against eczema triggers, such as sweating.

2. Avoid steaming hot baths

Because hot water can strip your skin of natural moisture making it dry and sensitive, it can also worsen eczema. Take warm showers and baths and avoid using harsh cleansers and soaps. To help protect and replenish your skin’s moisture barrier and to prevent dry skin, you can also add a drop of a moisturizer like Glaxal Base cream to your bath water.

3. Wear the right clothing

Wearing synthetic clothing can be uncomfortable and may lead to eczema flare-ups. Try to wear light, cotton clothing as much as possible and be sure to add a second rinse cycle to your laundry to remove any excess soap or detergent.

4. Keep environmental stressors and emotional stress at bay

Sometimes stress is inevitable but it’s important to try and keep your stress levels in check. Although stress itself does not directly trigger eczema, it can bring on a tendency to itch or scratch your skin. Stress can also lead to making unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, which may be associated with triggering eczema. Stay clear of any other factors that may play a role in triggering your eczema such as fragrances, harsh skin care ingredients, soaps, and detergents.

Follow these helpful preventative steps and take control of your eczema!

Remember you are not alone! There are many others out there that share in your desire to take charge of eczema flare-ups.

1. The Eczema Society of Canada (https://eczemahelp.ca/what.html)
2. Rogers Healthcare Group, Rogers Publishing, The Medical Post (May 2012 issue) & L’Actualité Medicale (May 2012 issue)