Hey guys, hope all is well. I’m here today with a topic that has thrown me off the edge, made me cry, left me in pain and so much more. If you struggle with eczema like I do, I really hope that my tips and tricks help.
Atopic dermatitis, most commonly known as eczema, is a condition where the body shows allergic reactions to most things. Weather it’s food, pollution, the clothes you wear… anything or in some bad cases everything can be an allergen.
Eczema, (Atopic dermatitis) has found to be an immune disorder disease ( auto immune disease).
If you are reading this post you probably know all about the condition and are here to find some information on how to get rid of it.
Well, in all honesty. eczema is not something you can completely cure, you can manage it and keep it under control, but cure…nope!
So here is what I found helpful:
- If you have had eczema and haven’t yet seen a doctor for it, you need to do it now! You need to be on prescriptions for strong antihistamines such as fexofenedine, and mild steroids.
- Try and avoid strong steroids at all costs, trust me I have been there… your flair ups will go away but after stopping the steroids, they will come back 100 times worse.
- don’t be shy to ask for help! I know how embarrassing it can be to show your damaged skin even to the doctors! but bare in mind, due to all the itching your skin is more susceptible to infections. If you suspect an infection, you need to be on antibiotics.
Tips and tricks
- Wash your body every day! The pollution and pollens in the air are allergens. Wash them off before your body can react to them.
- Don’t use products containing soaps! Soap is naturally drying and it strips off the skin from its natural oils.
- Switch your body wash to a soap free, unscented and hypoallergenic one.
- If your skin is infected, draw yourself a lukewarm bath, and pour in one or two capfuls of Chlorhexidine mouthwash. This is a mouthwash designed to fight infections after an oral surgery, and putting it in your bath will help with infected skin too.
- Don’t use any harsh body scrubs or loofahs, these will irritate your skin even further.
- After the shower or bath, use a cotton towel and pat yourself dry! DO NOT RUB!
- If you are using any prescription ointments or creams, put them on the affected areas and then moisturise your whole body with an unscented moisturiser.
- Also, I cannot emphasise enough that how important it is to keep your nails super short to avoid all the scratching.
Eczema on the face
I used to get dry patches all around my eyes and my nose, but I’ve managed to keep it under control to the point where I may experience a bit of dryness once a month! Here is how:
- I know doctors will tell you to ideally not to put any hydrocortisone on your face, but there’s nothing that can get rid of your eczema other than steroid creams and ointments. I put a teeny tiny amount on the affected area once a day for a week. The eczema will hopefully go away in that time but if it didn’t repeat again after a week.
- If the eczema is gone, stop using the steroid and only go back to it when the eczema is back.
- If the eczema is around your eyes, use a very hydrating eye cream.
- If it’s on your face use a hydrating hypoallergenic face cream. ( night creams are the best because they are normally thicker than day creams)
- If the eczema is still present, rethink your makeup and skincare products! Try and get a sample before buying the full pack, so that you find out how your skin will react to it.
- Try and avoid cheap makeup if you can. These will have more chemicals in their formula which your skin may react to and cause flair ups.
- Avoid cotton pillow cases and use silky or satin ones instead. Cotton is known to absorb the moisture, therefore will cause more dryness. ( This is also better for your hair)
Products I love
Budget friendly products
- Sanex shower gel
- Deodorant roll Sanex
- Moisturising lotion by Aveeno
- Moisturising lotion by Cetaphil
- Face cream for dry skin by Eucerin
- Intensive lotion for dry skin by Eucerin
- revitalising eye cream by Eucerin
- Itch relief cream by E45
Higher end products
- Body butter by Clinique
- Moisturising eye cream by Clinique
- Moisturising eye serum by Clinique
- Moisturising day cream by Clinique
- Super moisturising night cream by Clinique
- Moisturising day cream by Clarins
Hope This helps for any of you that struggle with eczema.
Let me know in the comments if you do anything to control your flair ups that I haven’t mentioned here.
Lots of Love
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist and the information I have posted are all because of years of struggling with eczema. The products that have worked for me may not work for everyone, so take that into consideration before trying anything. Xo