No one wants to deal with itchy, flaky inflamed skin in the winter. Unfortunately, cold weather and extra dry air indoors can trigger an eczema flare. But you are not unarmed in this battle. Prepare ahead of time by stocking up on solutions for the problem.
Over-the-counter products won’t replace a prescription ointment. But the best creams for eczema keep your skin soft and comfortable. Apply them as often as you can to prevent moisture loss. Use them to resolve flaking and itching. They are your best defense.
Next, before you strip all the natural oil from your body, switch to a mild body wash or soap. It’s stunning how many popular products are packed with irritants. Happily, many manufacturers are catching on to a new and healthy trend. They’re creating more fragrance-free soaps with gentle surfactants.
There are also sulfate-free shampoos that treat eczema on your scalp. Many of them are safe for color-treated hair and they treat dandruff.
Obviously, your face wash is essential. Choose an eczema-safe cleanser to avoid acne breakouts, too.
Now, as much as you might love seeing a little sunshine in the middle of winter, remember your sunscreen if you’re outdoors for a while. Mineral sunscreens are very effective, not greasy, and even moisturizing.
Some people might consider essential oils woo-woo science. But we know you love them. Surprisingly, there are some essential oils that improve eczema symptoms like itching and secondary infections. Just be sure to blend them with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier first.
Finally, did you know that there are foundations for eczema-prone skin? It’s true, and they are reasonably priced. From sheer to full coverage (for those flareup days), you have a lot of options. We hope you stay healthy and happy all winter long.