How To Prevent Eczema Discomfort: 10 Natural And Easy Tips
Babo Botanicals gives you what you need to know about eczema, like why you get it and how long flare-ups last. Then we talk about 10 natural and easy tips to help prevent eczema discomfort so you can calm your skin at home!
What You Need To Know About Eczema
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that develops as a result of your skin reacting to various substances, like allergens and chemicals. Eczema creates rashes on your skin that can be:
For some, it’s a lifelong condition. This means that you may always be at risk for an eczema flare-up when you’re exposed to certain triggers.
Eczema is common among babies as well as adults and can be a genetic trait that a parent passes down to their children. The good news is that most flare-ups go away on their own after a few weeks.
In the meantime, the best way to help treat your eczema is to prevent triggers — the culprit responsible for your outbreak — altogether. Fortunately, you can do this and calm your eczema with the 10 natural (and easy) tips below!
10 Tips To Prevent Eczema Discomfort
1) Moisturize Your Skin Daily
Dry skin is a common eczema trigger. It can lead to itching, which can make your skin crack, and leave it exposed for bacteria to enter.
The best way to avoid this and protect your skin from getting too dry is to moisturize daily!
You might even need to moisturize your skin more than once per day. In fact, sometimes your skin needs to be moisturized several times throughout the day.
This is especially true if you find yourself out in the cold often. Eczema or not, the cold air can dry out anyone’s skin, so it’s important to keep your skin protected by moisturizing it regularly.
Because hot water can also leave your skin dry, you’ll want to moisturize after getting out of the bath or shower, too. Apply our Sensitive Skin All Natural Healing Ointment - Adult & Family Care as needed to soothe your skin!
This ointment helps relieve eczema, dry skin, dry spots, itchiness, and redness. It’s also the perfect solution for a bug bite or poison ivy!
You don’t want to leave home without this multipurpose ointment.
2) Use A Humidifier
Water and cold air aren’t the only things that can irritate your skin. The dry air in your home plays a role as well.
Dry air is common when the heat is running in your house, but it can also happen when the AC is on. And you sleep for eight hours (give or take a couple) every night with the heat or AC running.
That’s eight hours that your skin is directly exposed to the dry air. An easy solution? Add moisture to the air in your home by running a humidifier at night.
3) Don’t Scratch Your Skin
We know it’s so tempting to scratch your skin when you have an eczema flare-up, or even when it’s dry! As much as you can, avoid scratching because it can make your eczema worse.
One way to successfully avoid scratching is to keep your skin moisturized, like we mentioned earlier. Our Sensitive Baby Daily Hydra Baby Lotion - Fragrance Free is a great option if you’re looking to moisturize your (or your child’s!) skin.
Because let’s face it: if your little one has eczema-prone skin, it can be hard to stop them from scratching. Keeping their skin moisturized can eliminate the itch to scratch (pun intended!) altogether.
4) Choose Your Clothing Material Wisely
Your clothing material could potentially be an eczema trigger, so pay attention to what you wear and how your skin reacts to it. Consider eliminating certain materials from your wardrobe, like wool.
Additionally, try wearing loose-fitting clothes that won’t rub against your sensitive skin to help prevent any eczema discomfort.
Hint: The same rules apply to babies and children with eczema-prone skin, too!
5) Limit Sweating As Much As Possible
The sweat your body produces is made up of water and salt. As you can imagine, sweating can irritate your skin and possibly cause a sudden eczema outbreak.
Working out, tanning by the pool, or playing at the beach are a few times when you might work up a sweat. But sweating isn’t limited to those activities!
The key to minimizing how much you sweat is to be aware of your body and take the appropriate steps.
For example, stop working out before you start sweating profusely, or be sure to shower immediately after your workout if possible. And stay in the shade and hydrate often when you’re outside.
6) Avoid Overheating
Overheating is different from sweating. Sometimes your body can overheat without sweating. For example, a sudden change in body temperature can trigger an eczema flare-up.
Like sweating, overheating can happen when you’re working out or in the sun, but it isn’t limited to those situations. We recommend keeping a list of times you feel overheated so you can stay aware of what sets off your eczema.
And if your little one has eczema-prone skin, keep them in the shade as much as possible and make sure they’re hydrated at all times.
7) Use Gentle Soaps And Detergents
The products you use around your home are big triggers for eczema flare-ups. We’re talking about things like hand soaps, laundry detergents, lotions, face washes, body soaps, and bubble baths.
Any type of product that contains certain harsh chemicals can irritate your skin and set off your eczema, so you’ll want to avoid them.
Luckily, Babo Botanicals has just what you need if you want to find products with a gentle formula and natural ingredients!
If you’re looking for plant-based hand soap, try our Lavender Dream Plant Based Hand Soap that’s perfect for children and adults with sensitive hands. And our Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath, & Wash is just what you (or your little one!) needs to unwind at the end of the day!
These are just a couple of our many products that are gentle for your family and safe for eczema-prone skin.
8) Dust Your House Often
Other eczema triggers include allergies to dust, pet dander, or mold. These tiny, mostly invisible particles can float around in your home without your knowledge.
To ward off the allergens in your home, dust often, especially in corners where it’s hard to see. Keep your home and office area (or wherever you spend the majority of your day) clean.
Expert tip: Always use natural household cleaners to avoid the harsh chemicals we mentioned above that can irritate already-sensitive skin.
9) Stay Relaxed
Believe it or not, stress can set off your eczema.
Stay relaxed and prevent eczema symptoms by using breathing techniques or by soaking in a warm bubble bath with our 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath, And Wash. This is great for children as well!
Also, make sure you and your children are getting enough sleep each night to help your body stay relaxed throughout the day.
10) Create A Good Skincare Routine
Staying consistent with taking care of your skin is especially important when it comes to preventing eczema flare-ups!
We’re talking about cleansing and moisturizing your skin in the morning and the evening. Your face and body need attention every day. The same is true for your children’s skin.
For kids, try our Moisturizing Baby Lotion as part of their daytime and bedtime routine. Apply as needed on your little one’s face and body.
For adults, add our Skin Repair Nutri-Firm Treatment Oil to your skincare routine to help improve the appearance of any stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging skin, or dehydrated skin!
Control Your Environment To Prevent Eczema Flare-Ups
Eczema doesn’t have to be something you suffer with on a daily basis. While the length of an eczema flare-up varies from person to person, you can calm and prevent eczema discomfort with a few at-home tips.
Remember to moisturize your skin daily and create a good skincare routine with gentle, natural products. Next, add moisture to the air in your home and keep it clean by using a humidifier and dusting often.
Don’t forget to avoid scratching, overheating, and sweating as much as possible. And lastly, use gentle products and avoid irritants.
Babo Botanicals offers the natural, gentle products that you’ve been looking for! From hand soaps to bubble baths, we have a product that will meet your needs and protect your eczema-prone skin!