With eczema, the barrier function of the skin does not work properly, so whatever is applied soaks in deeper which may trigger itching and flare ups. The skin is also prone to losing both natural oils and water which may lead to cracking and flaking. What is your eczema skin care routine?
Choosing cleansers that do not strip the skin and dry it out is very important. If your skin feels tight after using a particular product then, it’s not the right cleanser for you.
When I am cleansing my sensitive skin I keep the following in mind:
- I use a cleansing soap bar without fragrance like Avocado or Shea Butter Soap. When my eczema is flaring up, I limit the use of soap to reduce irritation.
- Keep water lukewarm. Hot water may feel good, but it dries out the skin.
- Keep Showers short.
- Gently cleanse and avoid vigorous scrubbing.
- Lightly pat myself dry with a towel and moisturise with Raw Shea Butter.
Moisturizing within three minutes while the skin is still slightly damp helps seal in moisture.
Regular use of moisturizer (as often as necessary) keeps skin moisturized and prevents flare-ups.
How do you cleanse your sensitive skin?