Affordable itchy skin solutions for eczema sufferers
If you’re dealing with eczema, it’s likely you’re also contending with dry, itchy skin. “With eczema, the skin barrier isn't working as it should,” says Cheryl Talent, President of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc. “As well as protecting from allergens and irritations, the skin barrier is an important part of controlling the body temperature.”
When your skin barrier is compromised with eczema, it can’t produce as many fats and oils as it requires to regulate the skin barrier and protect the skin from irritants and bacteria. This is where that dry, itchy skin comes in.
As we head into the warmer months, when the symptoms of eczema can be even more prevalent, it can often feel as if attempting to treat dry, itchy skin is completely futile for eczema sufferers. “There are a number of triggers which can cause eczema to flare during [warmer weather], such as pollens, grasses, the heat or humidity and shedding pet fur. Even air conditioning is a trigger, as it dries out the skin,” says Cheryl.
Thankfully, it isn’t a hopeless battle – here are the best affordable tips for dealing with itchy skin during the spring and summer months.
Reevaluate your skin care
Keep dry, itchy skin at bay by taking a look at what you’re putting on your body every day. “We usually advise patients with eczema to review their skin products and only use hypoallergenic products for washing their skin, hair and clothes,” says Cheryl. “This reduces their skin’s contact with irritants and we often find that this treatment is very effective in helping to manage their condition.”
Choose skin care that will help to restore your skin, such as the DermaVeen Sensitive Relief skin care range. DermaVeen, an everyday Australian skin care brand, has formulated each product in the range with natural oatmeal, which has dermatologically-proven benefits to soothe, hydrate and protect dry and sensitive skin. Establishing a healthy skin regime will help to make dealing with dry, itchy skin easier – start with a low irritant cleansing product and follow with a nourishing moisturiser, such as the DermaVeen® Sensitive Relief Eczema Cream. Which brings us to our next tip!
It might seem like an obvious one, but moisturising dry, itchy skin makes a big difference. “Moisturizing the skin is very important,” agrees Cheryl. “This keeps it supple and less likely to crack and also helps relieve itching.”
But if you think one lazy slather a day is enough to combat dry, itchy skin for eczema sufferers, think again. “We advise [eczema sufferers] to increase the amount they moisturise,” says Cheryl. “Every hour if possible and use only hypoallergenic moisturisers. This can be effective in healing the skin and reducing itchiness.”
DermaVeen® Sensitive Relief Eczema Cream is ideal for those who need to dial up their skin’s hydration levels and was created to soothe, hydrate, protect and restore dry, itchy skin. The rich cream forms a protective moisture layer and replenishes the skin barrier, locking in moisture to the skin. Natural colloidal oatmeal and shea butter nourish and protect the skin while still allowing the cream to absorb easily, leaving limbs smooth and non-greasy. It’s also free from nasties that are known to irritate dry, itchy skin such as parabens, lanolin, fragrances, artificial dyes and alcohol.
Keep it cool
A great tip for eczema sufferers with dry, itchy skin is to take extra steps to keep your skin cool during the warmer months. “Put moisturising creams in the refrigerator – they act as a cool compress when applied and help to reduce itchiness,” suggests Cheryl. “Bathe daily in a bath of tepid to warm water and always add a hypoallergenic oil or soap free wash. Never use soap-based products or bubble bath, which dry the skin.”
It’s also worth examining your sleeping arrangements to aid in managing dry, itchy skin. “You will sleep better in a well-ventilated bedroom with minimal air-conditioning,” advises Cheryl. “If you must have air-conditioning on, place 1-2 containers of water in the room to add some moisture.”
Try to choose breathable fabrics for your clothing, too. Loose garments made from natural fibres such as cotton or bamboo can help to avoid further irritation to dry, itchy skin.
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