Dry Skin; Eczema

What is Eczema?

Eczema is a common condition which causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It most commonly affects children, but can also affect adults. Common areas affected include the hands, feet, face, back of the knees, wrists, ankles and elbows.

It is an inflammatory skin condition and can be caused by a variety of factors such as environmental allergens, irritants, stress and hormones. It is not contagious and can usually be managed with the help of topical medications, lifestyle modifications and by avoiding triggers.

How to Manage Dry Skin and Eczema

For those suffering from dry skin and eczema, managing the condition can be made easier with the following tips:

  • Moisturise often – Keeping the skin hydrated is key. Opt for a thick moisturiser and apply throughout the day to keep the skin hydrated and reduce itching.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals – Products containing fragrances, alcohol and irritants can make dry skin and eczema worse. Opt for natural and gentle substances to minimise irritating and drying out of the skin.
  • Keep cool – Temperature can affect eczema flare ups, try taking lukewarm showers and avoid extreme temperatures.
  • Keep stress in check – Stress can worsen eczema, so aim to reduce stress with relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga and even long walks.
  • See a professional – If eczema persists despite lifestyle changes, seek medical help as prescription creams or medications can help improve symptoms and provide relief.