Moisturize that skin

For those of you who have read my newsletters or the Eczemasite web site in the past you will know that one of my big things when controlling eczema and psoriasis is moisturizing the skin.

Dry skin goes hand in hand with both eczema and psoriasis. Trying to control your eczema or psoriasis without first targeting the dry skin is fighting an uphill battle.

Moisturizing decreases itching

Regularly moisturizing the skin will help to reduce the itching and inflammation associated with eczema and psoriasis. This in turn will help to minimize the severity of the condition and make it easier to live with.

Moisturizing increases flexibility

A major concern for the sufferer of eczema and psoriasis is a secondary skin infection resulting from excessive itching and cracked skin. The skin remains more flexible when moisturized regularly and as a result is less prone to cracking. This in turn reduces the risk of skin infections.

The secret is to find a good moisturizer and use it regularly. Make a habit to moisturize after showering and after prolonged exposure to water. Carry a moisturizer with you so you can moisturize as needed. Be aware that not all creams used to treat your eczema and psoriasis will be a moisturizer. It may be necessary to use a separate moisturizer as well as your treating cream.

My 2 Favorite Moisturizers

Regular readers would know that I have two personal favorites when it comes to moisturizing the skin. Firstly the Bath Oil which can be added to the bath water or applied directly to the skin. And secondly the Sooth-it Gel which is great to throw in your bag and use in case of insect bites and stings.

Mel Sinclair, RN