How to Manage Eczema?

How do I manage eczema?

Hi guys, today I would like to tell you how do I manage eczema. Some of you might have read an article about my allergy to methylisothiazolinone, where I mention that I’ve got eczema caused by my allergy. even though it’s not the most glamorous topic to rise, I still want to share my tips to manage eczema at home, so it doesn’t flare up.

How do I manage eczema?

As I was told by the doctor at NHS, eczema is something that will stay with me forever now. Even though I still hope it’s gonna go away at some point of my life, until it happens I need to manage it. Eczema is not the most comfortable skin condition. When it flares up I hardly can work and stay calm. I’ve noticed that eczema affects my mood, stress levels and the way I can communicate with people. When I feel uncomfortable – itchy – I just, sometimes, can’t deal with it. So I figured I need to find a way to calm down the eczema and see how I can manage it on my own.

Know your eczema triggers

First, comes first. To manage eczema and feel comfortable you need to know what is the cause of your eczema. I’m very glad to find out that I’m actually allergic to methylisothiazolinone and Cobalt(II) chloride. Even though it doesn’t sound too optimistic to have an allergy, I’m happy to know what causes my skin condition. So what do I do to avoid eczema flare up? I went through all my beauty, skincare, makeup and cleaning products and cut everything that would have my allergens in the ingredients list. This is a very major help. After I’ve stopped using particular products, I felt a big relief. I’d say knowing your eczema triggers is 80% of success.

Moisturise and protect itchy skin

My doctor prescribed moisturisers and emollients for me to use on my skin. She told me to use them every day and let my skin absorb them. even though I can’t say it gives me a very good result, I still do what she said as I don’t want to feel more uncomfortable, irritated and stressed.

Don’t scratch eczema patches

To be honest I barely manage to scratch myself when my skin is very irritated and itchy. This one is very complicated to manage. Sometimes irritation gets so bad that you can’t stop yourself itching. But, you need to understand that when your skin is already feeling bad you don’t want to make it worse. Just try to calm down and switch your attention. I’m a very bad example of managing this, but I’m trying because I know when I scratch myself it only gets worse.

Keep sweating to a minimum to avoid eczema flare-ups

I’ve noticed that my eczema gets worst if I’m sweating or being in a very warm or hot climate. Therefore I’m trying to walk slowly, be less active on the hit and refresh myself with cool showers or swimming when possible.

Wear cotton and comfortable clothes and underwear

I feel like wearing clothes made of natural fabrics, such as cotton is very important for me. When my eczema flares up, I only go for loose clothes. This way I feel much more comfortable as there is anything to irritate my skin even more. I’ve noticed when I wear clothes made of artificial fabrics with colourants, it could scratch my skin. Also, I sweat a bit more in poor quality clothes, so this addresses us to the previous point.

Avoid stress or at least try

You’re more likely to have flare-ups when you’re under stress. So, if you are stressed, try to have some rest and apply de-stressing techniques such as yoga, long walks at the park, playing with pets, meditation etc.

Reduce shower temperature

First of all my doctor only allows me to take a shower once a day. Before I would take a shower in the morning and in the evening. She recommended to reducing a water temperature to a comfortable room temperature and avoiding a hot bath. High temperature can cause an eczema flare ups, unfortunately. When you’re done, pat dry and apply moisturiser while your skin is still damp. She doesn’t recommend scrubbing skin too… Oh so sad…

Protect your skin

This one is very actual for me because my allergens are very commonly used in the environment. So the easy examples would be shower gels for methylisothiazolinone (*almost all of them I can’t use) and keys or door handles for Cobalt(II) chloride. So what do I do to manage eczema while outside? I never use any shower gels at somebody’s place, restaurant, hotels etc. Sometimes I may take a tiny sample bottle of hand wash with me. If I don’t have it, I just avoid washing my hands. I know, it’s horrible not to wash my hands before food for example, but I better don’t wash them than have eczema flare up in 20 minutes time. Unfortunately, with Cobalt(II) chloride is more difficult to avoid handles and keys, other metal things. So, I just avoid wearing cheap jewellery and cover my keys with transparent nail varnish.

So, these are my tips on how do I manage eczema by myself. I hope you have found this blog post useful. And I hope even more that you don’t have to face eczema or allergy in your life!

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39 Comments

  1. 26th May 2016 / 7:16 am

    Thanks for sharing your tips on your skin condition. I actually have rosacea, mild…but my skin gets irritated under too much sun, or when it is very cold too. I use so many of the tips you listed.

    xx,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

  2. Filipa Jackson
    26th May 2016 / 7:42 am

    I personally don’t suffer with eczema, but my brother does… it’s tough! Thanks for the tips on how to deal with it

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  3. 26th May 2016 / 11:36 am

    Thanks so much for these awesome tips. I sometimes break out in small patches of eczema especially in summer so these tips will be very helpful to me for the next time I get an outbreak!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  4. 26th May 2016 / 11:51 am

    My mom suffers with eczema, so while I haven’t experienced it myself, I know that it truly is something that affects your everyday life. You’re so positive + this tips are great! You look gorgeous in the photo!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • 26th May 2016 / 2:06 pm

      thank you so much dear! x

  5. 26th May 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Great tips! It’s great that you’re sharing this, it looks like a problem that can really affect a person’s life. You look stunning!

    http://www.fineclic.com

  6. 26th May 2016 / 3:23 pm

    Great tips! I had it really bad all over my body and cut out meat and dairy entirely for about 6mths and it went away. Since then, I eat them perhaps once or twice a week a most, red meat once a month and it hasn’t returned; it’s been about 2 years. Thanks for sharing, girlie, and I hope you have a great day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • 26th May 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Oh Jalisa, did the doctor say it was because of dairy and meat? i probably should cut these too… I’m actually surprised how many people have eczema, I had no idea it was so common. It’s terrifying…

  7. 26th May 2016 / 3:23 pm

    I don’t have eczema but this was still a very interesting read! My friend has it actually so I will be passing it on to her! Thanks for sharing, lady!

    Xox Dana Ivy // http://www.iadorewhatilove.com

    • 26th May 2016 / 3:38 pm

      hi Dana, thank you so much. I hope your friend will find it useful x

  8. Uzo O
    26th May 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Thanks dear for sharing this , i didnt know the temperature in shower contributes to it , really glad i stopped by to read this.

    http://www.stylenbeautylounge.com

    • 26th May 2016 / 6:08 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful Uzo x

    • 26th May 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Oh I hope she will get better x

  9. Tenz
    26th May 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Such an informative post!
    I used to suffer with eczema when I was a lot younger and it can be such an aggravating and frustrating condition.
    Tenz
    http://www.shesabouthatlife.com
    xxx

    • 26th May 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Oh it’s very frustrating ?

  10. 26th May 2016 / 8:51 pm

    This was a really interesting read, thank you for sharing your insights on this topic! I sometimes had eczema as a child but for some reason that seems to have disappeared when growing up!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • 26th May 2016 / 8:58 pm

      That’s good news! I hope mine will dissapear too x

  11. 26th May 2016 / 9:28 pm

    You have a lot of great tips, love. I’m glad that you learned to manage eczema of yours 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  12. 26th May 2016 / 11:13 pm

    Fantastic tips, so interesting! You always look perfect 🙂

    xoxo ❤
    Melania | modeintechnicolor.blogspot.com

  13. 27th May 2016 / 3:31 am

    These are really helpful tips! I suffer from eczema myself since I was very young at around 2 years old. It’s been a constant in my life, and I can really relate with how difficult it is to manage and control. I’ve been contemplating creating a post on this as well. I was wondering, how did you figure out what ingredients exactly caused your eczema to flare up? For me, I only know of fabric and materials as such that irritates my skin, but I haven’t pinpoint exactly which ingredients and chemicals I can’t use yet. Also, moisturizing definitely helps me a lot! I use Cetaphil, virgin unrefined coconut oil, and Aveeno and they all really help. It did take some time for it to really have an effect. It’s so nice to read a post like this that I relate so strongly with. Thanks for sharing!!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

    • 27th May 2016 / 7:55 am

      Hi Andrea, OMG poor girl… From 2 years, so it’s like almost all of your life! I really wanted to share this, because when I just found out about eczema I couldn’t cope with it properly. I had to learn myself what makes it flare up etc. I truly hope this post is useful for other girls/boys out ghere who suffer from eczema.

      I found out after a patch test. Doctor told me that my eczema is caused by allergy and have sent me for testing. You can read more here: http://www.yukovablog.co.uk/methylisothiazolinone-allergy/ This is how it all started!

      I hope you will find out what causes your eczema! X

  14. 27th May 2016 / 5:52 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing with us.
    Happy Friday.
    Xo, Raysa

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