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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