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Managing Eczema

Managing Eczema

Did you know that more than 31 million Americans live with eczema?1 That’s about 1 in 10 people. And it can develop at any age, for a variety of reasons.

Eczema may cause skin to become sensitive, but it’s more than just “sensitive skin.” Eczema presents unique challenges and requires unique solutions, which can make managing eczema a bit tricky. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help manage the condition and minimize irritation.

What is Eczema?

There are seven different types of eczema, with atopic dermatitis being the most common. Some symptoms are similar across all types of eczema, such as itchiness, dryness, scaly patches, rashes, and blisters.1

The cause of eczema can be hard to determine. For instance, atopic dermatitis results from an overactive immune system2, while contact dermatitis is the result of your skin cells being damaged by irritating substances like ingredients in detergents and soaps.3

Most people with eczema will experience a "flare-up" at some point, which is characterized by itchiness, and sometimes other symptoms like dryness or scaliness. During a flare-up, many people turn to lotions, creams, antihistamines, moisturizers, and even steroids to alleviate symptoms.

However, identifying your skin's triggers and using the right products can help reduce the potential for flare-ups.

Minimizing Flare Ups

Dermatologist, skincare expert, and all® free clear partner, Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, says, "If you're living with eczema, a regular skincare routine and using the best products for your needs can play a significant role in minimizing potential flare-ups.”

Here are some additional sensitive-skin tips from Dr. Zubritsky:

  • Take lukewarm, not hot, showers to help your skin retain moisture.
  • Use a humidifier in the winter when the air is more likely to dry out your skin.
  • Opt for skincare products and moisturizers that contain ingredients naturally found in skin, such as ceramides, to help prevent water loss in your skin barrier.
  • Avoid fabrics that could potentially irritate skin, like polyester, wool, nylon, and synthetic materials. Instead, choose fabrics like cotton, bamboo, silk, or cashmere.
Dr. Zubritsky

A Better Laundry Routine

Between clothes, bedsheets, pillowcases, and towels, your laundry is in contact with your skin nearly all day, every day.  The way you clean your clothes and linens can significantly impact skin.

According to Dr. Zubritsky, "an easy way to limit skin irritation can be as simple as using the right laundry detergent." She adds, "For people with eczema-prone or sensitive skin, it's essential to use a laundry detergent that is free of fragrances and dyes and won't further irritate the skin."

Dr. Zubritsky recommends all® free clear laundry detergent to her patients with eczema.

all® free clear was the first detergent to receive the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance. It is hypoallergenic and 100% free of dyes and perfumes. Plus, it’s the #1 recommended detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin.

National Eczema Association Badge

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky is a board-certified dermatologist and a partner of all® free clear. You can find her on TikTok and Instagram at @dermguru.


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