Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Let me say it again! – Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

I say it all the time, to the point where I sound like a worn out tape recorder –

The most important thing when caring for your eczema is to keep your skin well moisturized.

It really is so important that I can’t emphasize it enough. The moisturizer you choose is not really important so long as it is something that works for you – it doesn’t irritate your skin and it keeps your skin moist.

The aim of the moisturizer is to not only moisten dry skin but to replace the natural oily protective barrier that is lacking in the eczema skin. Moisturizers come in several different forms – creams, ointments, lotions and bath oils. They will soften and smooth the skin and improve itching.

The key with moisturizers is to use them regularly, at least twice a day and they need to be applied all over even when the eczema is not present. This will help control flare-ups and keep the eczema at bay.

Mel Sinclair, RN