6 Eczema Triggers To Avoid
Does your eczema seem to strike at the most random times? Could it be something you ate? Could it be that new laundry detergent you picked up at the grocery store just last week? If you don’t know your personal eczema triggers, read on to find out what some of the most common ones are.
1. Overwashing your hands
We get it: Around this time of year, especially with flu season in full effect, it’s normal to want wash your hands every five minutes, but if you have eczema, you might want to think twice about doing so. Eczema is usually a result of having overly dry skin, so washing your hands excessively strips your skin of all its essential oils. And because dry skin and eczema don’t mix, it’d be wise to keep a bottle of hand and body lotion on you at all times to help soothe your skin and prevent flare ups.
If you have eczema, then chances are you probably have sensitive skin. Coming in contact with the wrong ingredient can trigger itchiness and redness. Look for detergents that are fragrance-free and neutral in pH without all the harsh ingredients.
Stress can trigger all sorts of issues and eczema is no exception. If stress is your downfall, take part in activities that lower your stress levels, including yoga and exercise.
4. Certain foods
If you notice that certain foods bring on your eczema, then be sure to avoid them as often as possible. Some people have sensitivity to cow’s milk, soy, wheat and eggs.
5. Hot showers
Again, because eczema is brought on by dry skin, it’s important to take lukewarm showers instead of super-hot showers. Also, be sure to turn down the thermostat in your house.
6. Other triggers
Products that contain alcohol, fragrances and preservatives can be irritating to your skin. When shopping, look out for products that say “fragrance-free” and contain natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, shea butter and lavender oil – all three are extremely healing and soothing for those who suffer from eczema.