Other substances to avoid are:
- Fragrance, which is present in many commercial skin care products. Fragrance allergy or sensitivity is very common in people with eczema. People with eczema are advised to look for products that are “fragrance-free”
- Certain antibacterial ointments like neomycin and bacitracin, which are also common allergens.
- Anything that uses formaldehyde, isothiazolinone, cocamidopropyl, and betaine para-phenylenediamine as an ingredient. These chemicals may sound foreign or alien but can actually be found in many commonplace items – from baby wipes and soap to temporary tattoos, leather dyes, and vaccines.
Be careful and check the labels for these ingredients.
Guide to Managing Eczema Flare-Ups
Because there is no cure for eczema, following this guide will help you manage it and prevent flare-ups.
Identify and avoid triggers. Because each type of eczema has a different trigger, you must immediately identify and avoid them to prevent your condition from worsening.
Moisturize regularly. Dry skin causes flare-ups so moisturizing at least twice a day can help prevent that.
It is best to apply lotion right after bathing. Make sure to pat the skin dry with a towel. Rubbing will cause more irritation.
Lukewarm and short baths. Long, cold showers or baths tend to dry the skin more.
Lukewarm water is best. Hot baths can also dry the skin and cause more itchiness.
Gentle skincare products. As stated before, anything harsh may cause irritation and flare-up and must be avoided.
Dry carefully. People with eczema have sensitive skin and must be careful when patting the skin dry to prevent any skin damage or irritation.
While eczema is not dangerous by itself, it can be very disruptive to your daily life. Fortunately, it can be manageable if treated immediately. Immediately seek help once signs of eczema flare appear to prevent further complications due to skin infections.
Learn more about Eczema here.