Hello my fellow eczema sufferers!
Eczema is itchy inflammation of the skin that can appear on all areas of the body. It usually first appears in early childhood (how I loved going to the doctors all the time as a kid even though I wasn’t sickly) and can be chronic and long-lasting or only in flareups. I get the latter meaning that my eczema is very mild but it is prone due to certain circumstances. I find that heat especially humidity is my biggest trigger.
I hated summer as a kid. I hated hot weather that would flare up my face and a nice 3 hours at the beach or sun would result in a minimum of 3 days of my face – red, dry and itchy. It just wasn’t worth the pain.
So I feel your struggle and as I’m writing this with an insanely itchy face, I thought I would share with you a few of my tips on how to deal with an eczema flareup.
Simplify your skincare routine
LESS IS MORE. I literally strip down to the basics of a cleanser and moisturiser when I have a flare up episode. Eczema is quite an irritating skin condition and I would try to leave my face as bare possible and avoid increasing the risk of irritation.
If eczema or irritation is something you frequently suffer, avoid fragranced skincare. It will be life-changing. Often the fragrance does not enhance the quality of the product and only increases the chance for irritation.
Invest in a good cleanser & don’t wear makeup when dealing with an eczema flareup
Luckily I had work training the 3 days immediately after that weekend so I’m taking that time working from home and shunning myself from the outside world. I know you may feel super gross. I feel super gross and super ugly but you’ll be surprised that people do not care.
They’re not going to notice that large rash on your face. I honestly would avoid makeup if you can. I use Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser since I have oily skin and it’s suitable for people with eczema but I would also look into CeraVe. I have heard great things about their products but they are more suitable for people with dry skin.
Moisturise your skin
Eczema leaves me with dry, flaky, red patches that are super itchy. It is important to moisturise your skin. I’ve been using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and it does a really good job in keeping my skin hydrated and moisturised. You can apply this to your face and body (I find that my eczema only affects my face).
Use non-prescription and prescription anti-itching products
I picked up DermAid Soft 1% Cream. This is an over the counter cream but does not require a prescription making it super easy to obtain. It only is meant to be used for short-term use and only on affected areas but it may be the miracle that you need. DermAid contains hydrocortisone. This helps so much with reliving pain and itchiness and overall, reducing skin inflammation. However, it is a steroid cream and has adverse effects mainly thinning, thickening and darkening of the skin through long-term use. I find DermAid super drying (I feel like my skin is being stretched) so don’t forget to moisturise.
Another cream I used to help eczema is Elocon. This is a prescription cream meaning you will have to see a doctor but this is a miracle cream. My eczema completely goes away using this but I would use it sparingly. It is a lot stronger than DermAid and should not be used on the face. It also is a steroid cream so only use this sparingly.
Wear comfortable clothing
As a long-term (or should I say life-long) eczema sufferer, I always try my best to wear comfortable clothing. Cotton and linen are going to be your best friends.
Think of clothes that are loose and less likely to cause friction. I sweat a lot and when I’m working out at the gym, I always think about comfort first. I try wearing loose singlets and tops whenever I can.
Be mindful of your triggers
When I was a child, I had eczema flareups a lot more often. It was important to understand why this was happening because it was really upsetting. No one else seemed to have this issue – why was this only happening to me?
We ended up going to a dermatologist and it was so needed. We found out that I was allergic to dust. I mentioned earlier that hot, humid weather is my trigger but ironically, cold weather is also a common trigger for eczema sufferers. Other common triggers include food, stress and fragrances. Find out what triggers you and learn to reduce your exposure to these triggers.
Never feel ashamed to ask for help and seek answers.
DON’T ITCH YOUR FACE OR BODY
The most important advice I can I give. I know it hurts, I know it itches but please try to resist if you can. Itching your skin can increase inflammation and irritation and lengthen the healing process.
Think of short-term pain for long-term gain. Yes, we all wish we could scratch our faces because it would feel soooooo good. But wouldn’t we want our eczema rashes to go away as quickly as possible? I always think that the first couple of days is rough. I’m going to struggle and hate everything but it will all go away. Your eczema flare up will go away too!
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