Protect Your Skin From Eczema Flare-Ups

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Let’s talk a little about dry skin; actually extremely dry skin called eczema.  Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash.  The problem is that most people’s exterior layer of skin acts as a protective barrier, but in people who suffer from eczema the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness.  This allows irritants to be able to reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flare-ups.

Eczema has affected by my children and me.  My twins suffer from eczema, more so when they were infants.  The most common places they get eczema are on their legs and, actually on their butt.  Since there is a lot of itching involved, having it on their butt is a very bad place to have it!  My oldest daughter and I get it on our hands during the cold winter months.  In fact, if I ever let it go too long my skin actually cracks and bleeds which can be quite painful.

It is estimated that eczema affects 35 million Americans, 1 – 3% being adults, and 10 – 20% being children.  Seventy percent of cases start in children younger than 5 years old, and about 60% of infants who have eczema continue to have one or more symptoms in adulthood.

Some common triggers for eczema are irritants like soaps and fragrances, wool, rough textures, cold and dry weather, and heat and sweating.  The signs and symptoms of eczema are dry, itchy, red, and inflamed skin.  It typically affects children’s face, particularly the area around the eyes and the inside of elbows and back of the knees.  In adults, it usually affects their neck, elbows and back of knees.

Here are some great seasonal tips from Dr. Peter Lio, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology & Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology.

For the Fall:

Seasonal allergies in the fall may also trigger eczema flare-ups.  Going back to school is a stressor for many which can also trigger eczema in some, while others have eczema flare-ups due to a change in weather to drier, cooler weather.

  • If you suffer from seasonal allergies, checking with a doctor and using medications such as an antihistamine could help.
  • If school stress is the tripper, then trying to meet with the teachers early on in the year to help keep up with the schoolwork may help to reduce the changes of last minute stress.
  • If the change in weather is your trigger then sticking with a regular skincare routine with routine bathing and moisturizing, as well as topical medications is what you need to help keep your eczema in check.

For the Winter:

Facing the cold and dry weather outside with forced heat inside may put your skin at high risk for flare-ups.  Also, during the winter, the lack of sunlight will result in lower levels of vitamin D, which may be related to eczema flare-ups as well.

  • Keep the skin warm and protected when outside.
  • Apply a thick, protective moisturizer when outside.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement during the winter months
  • Add moisture to your bedrooms by using a humidifier
  • Continue your regular skincare routine with regular bathing and moisturizing, as well as using topical medications when needed

Using the Neosporin Essentials as part of your routine will help keep eczema at bay.  Their products include an Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Cream, a Moisture Essentials Daily Body Wash, and an Eczema Essentials Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream.  Each of these products are fragrance-free and do not contain antibiotics.  Each product has a unique RELIPID formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture that is essential for healthy looking skin.

Check out the NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ today to be a part of your total skincare routine to help prevent and protect your skin from eczema.

 
About the Author

A Mommy blogger who loves working from home while raising her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old boy/girl twins with her husband. I have a passion for learning and enjoy anything having to do with the technical side of blogging. I am also always working on self-improvement and being the best mom I can to my children. I am also a bit of a coffee addict! ❤

Comments

  1. These are GREAT tips. My daughter has suffered from Eczema her whole life, and it’s so important to stay on top of it otherwise it gets really bad!
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  2. I wish this existed when my son was tiny and had a horrible case of eczema. We took him to the pediatric dermatologist at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. He gave him steroid creams which really helped. By the age of 9 the eczema was gone. Now he has a different skin problem tht we use Amlactin on. I get it t Costco for $12. The pharmacy prescription version costs $60 for the same bottle but a higher concentration of lactose.

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