Now that the cold weather has finally hit, here in Michigan, my skin is going C-R-A-Z-Y. Itchy spots, dry patches, you name it.
You’re probably wondering why my skin is so affected…
You see, I’ve had eczema for as long as I can remember. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten better. But, during the winter months, living with it can sometimes be uncomfortable at best. Here are five tips that I find helpful, in dealing with eczema:
- Avoid over-bathing. I love to take long, hot showers. Unfortunately, during the winter months, I can’t, because all the hot water actually dries out my skin.
- Bathe in warm (not hot) water. Again, hot water can dry out the skin, so those short showers I take are luke warm.
- Use a “non-soap.” I use Dove, because it doesn’t dry out my skin like soap does.
- Apply moisturizer frequently. I carry lotion with me at all times. Anytime I’m feeling dry, I break it out and lotion up. I love using Eucerin for my body and Cetaphil for my face. They’re both very moisturizing, without making my skin look “greasy.”
- Avoid scented soaps, detergents, lotions, etc. I use any “free and clear” detergent. And, I only use scented soaps and lotions on my hands. My skin seems to like it better
- Stay away from wool clothing. Or, at least wear some sort of undergarment to shield you skin from direct contact. Seriously. Wool is already itchy. Why add it on top of your dry and itchy skin?
I hope this helps any of you out there dealing with this very annoying and uncomfortable skin condition. If you have any additional tips, please let me know!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor. I’m just a mom who has eczema, trying to deal.