General Skin Care Tips for people with eczema

  • Avoid exfoliating treatments as this may irritate the skin.
  • Use cotton lined water proof gloves when immersing your hands in water.
  • Wear plain cotton gloves when doing household chores like dusting and cleaning.
  • Shower or bath in lukewarm water rather than hot water.
  • Avoid vigorous drying after showering. Dabbing with a soft towel is best.
  • Wear cotton clothing in preference to synthetic or woolen’s as these will irritate the skin.
  • Avoid tight restricting clothes which will make your skin hot and sweaty.
  • Wash new clothing before wearing to remove irritating dyes.
  • Do not allow your body to overheat and sweat.
  • Avoid central heating which will dry out the air and lead to dry skin.
  • Avoid extreme cold conditions which will also irritate the skin.
  • Avoid known personal conditions which are known to trigger your eczema.
  • Avoid cosmetics and perfumes.
  • Avoid prolonged submersion in water as this will strip the skin of its natural oils.
  • Look for skin care products which are marketed as hypoallergenic.

Mel Sinclair, RN