Did you know that more than 31 million Americans live with eczema? That’s about 1 in 10 individuals1. And it can develop at any age, from babies to middle-aged individuals and seniors.
Eczema isn't just sensitive skin; it presents unique challenges and requires distinct solutions, which in turn can make managing eczema a bit tricky. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help manage eczema and minimize irritation.
There are seven different types of eczema, with atopic dermatitis being one of the most common. Some of the most similar symptoms across all types of eczema include, but are not limited to, itchiness, dryness, scaly patches, rashes, and blisters.
The cause of eczema can be challenging to determine. For instance, atopic dermatitis results from an overactive immune system, while contact dermatitis is a reaction to something that irritates the skin, such as dyes, perfumes, allergens, and more2.
Most people with eczema will experience a "flare-up" at some point, characterized by itchiness, as well as some of the other symptoms mentioned above (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.
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-ups3.”
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 and at times when the air is more likely to dry out your skin.
• Opt for skincare products and moisturizers that contain ingredients naturally found in the skin, such as ceramides, to help prevent water loss.
• Avoid fabrics that could potentially irritate the skin, like polyester, wool, nylon, and synthetic materials. Instead, choose fabrics like cotton, bamboo, silk, or cashmere.
Your clothes, bedsheets, and towels come in contact with your skin every single day. This means that the way you clean your clothes and linens can significantly impact skin irritation.
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."
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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.