Eczema – 7 Tips to Help Control It

eczema 2 by h8rnetDermatitis, also known as Eczema, is inflammation of the skin. Symptoms of Eczema include dry skin, with scaling, inflammation, itching and rash. Eczema is a very common inflammatory skin condition. A  severe case may include cracking and bleeding of the skin. It is a skin condition that is difficult to manage and live with from day to day.

If you suspect you have it, you should first see a doctor, preferably a dermatologist, to make sure that is what you have. He may give you a steroid cream to apply topically, and/or an antihistamine to help calm the inflammatory allergic response. You should also look for the cause of your skin flaring up – a new soap or cleanser, a new used detergent to launder your clothes, very dry heated air surrounding you, stress, and a number of other things can trigger eczema.

Your doctor may prescribe a topical cortisone cream to apply regularly, and/or an antihistamine to call the allergic response.

If you have a mild case, or are prone to outbreaks of eczema from time to time, here are some tips to keep it under control and manage it at home:

  • Wash and bathe as often as needed. Frequent washing can dry the skin more.
  • When you wash, use warm, not hot, water. Hot water tends to dry the skin.
  • Avoid laundry detergents and cleaning products known to cause inflammation of the skin.
  • Use a humidifier in rooms that are heated, especially at night.
  • Use natural oil based skin care products with pH around 5.5 to protect your skin’s natural barrier function.
  • Avoid skin care products with acids in their formulations.
  • Apply nutrient rich moisturizers while the skin is still damp after bathing.

“Avoiding dry skin may be one factor in helping prevent future bouts of dermatitis.”  -The Mayo Clinic

(Here is more in-depth information about dermatitis from the Mayo Clinic.)

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About Candace

Candace Dye is an Apriori Beauty Consultant and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Her passion is helping others to uncover and enhance their true inner radiance with tips for health, wellness, skin care and beauty!


  1. says

    This is great info. Glad I don’t suffer with eczema, but I do get dry itchy skin. Can’t give up my hot showers even if they do dry my skin. I use the Hydroburst Intense body lotion and LOVE IT. I apply when my skin is still damp.


    • http://admin says

      Thank you, Tamara! XO

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