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Winter, with its cold, dry air, is commonly cited as the worst season for eczema flareups, but summer heat can trigger them as well. Here are ways to keep your skin healthy and avoid eczema flareups this summer!
Excessive sweating is a major eczema trigger, as a buildup of the many salts contained in sweat can irritate broken skin. This is particularly common in areas where moisture can easily get trapped, such as in elbows, the back of the knees, or the back of the neck. You can reduce sweating by:
If your clothes are wet with perspiration and starting to stick to you, change them as soon as it's convenient. You may want to carry a change of clothes with you. Staying dry will help you manage sweat buildup, helping to reduce opportunities for irritated skin.
If you're going on a long camping trip, make sure it's in a place where convenient washing facilities are available. Dirt, dust, and sweat that can accumulate on your skin when you're outdoors, aggravating sensitive skin. And always use a gentle soap without dyes or fragrance.
It's not just sweat: ocean water also contains lots of salt that could aggravate your skin. And chlorinated pools are treated with chemicals that can have the same effect. If you're at a beach with no shower available, carry a spray bottle full of water to rinse off, and then apply moisturizer and sunscreen.
Speaking of sunscreen, a mineral (also known as physical) sunscreen moisturizes your skin better and will be less irritating than chemical sunscreens. Look for a sunscreen with the words "mineral" or "physical" printed on the bottle as well as ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Summer air is full of potential irritants, like dust, pollen, and other allergens. Consider getting a HEPA purifier with a carbon filter in your home or workspace to reduce the concentration of irritants in the air, especially if you spend a lot of time in one room.
Any season that's prone to stretches of dry weather can dry out skin, and summer is no exception. Make sure you moisturize regularly, using a moisturize that contains ceramides. These lipids are naturaly found in your skin and help maintain your hydration and your skin barrier, which prevents irritants from entering. They're also found in reduced amounts during dry seasons, so make sure you counter the summer heat by moisturizing right after you're done showering.
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