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Caring for Eczema Skin During Summer Time Tips

Caring for Eczema Skin During Summer Time Tips
Summer should be about fun in the sun, not itching and sweating. But if you have severe eczema, summer can be tough.

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes itchy rashes. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Around 31 million people in the U.S. have eczema.

For some, summer’s humidity and sunlight can help ease eczema symptoms. But for others, too much sun, heat, and sweat can make it worse. So, how can you manage eczema in the summer? Here are some tips:

1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser daily. Use a gentle cleanser to wash away sweat without irritating your skin. Look for cleansers that are fragrance-free and have a low pH. Drugstore options work just fine.

2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. A good moisturizer is essential. Look for ingredients like ceramides and colloidal oatmeal for your body, and hyaluronic acid for your face. Avoid products with fragrances.

3. Use prescription topical steroids. Topical steroids can help reduce itching and inflammation. Use them as directed by your doctor, usually once a day during flare-ups. Apply them after moisturizing and before sunscreen.

4. Be smart about sun exposure. Some people with eczema benefit from controlled UV light therapy. But too much sun without protection can cause flare-ups. Balance your time in the sun with shade, and always use sunscreen.

5. Opt for a mineral sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best for eczema. They sit on top of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays. Look for sunscreens with hydrating ingredients and do a patch test before using them all over.

6. Treat hyperpigmentation with gentle brightening ingredients. Hyperpigmentation can happen due to skin inflammation. Use non-irritating brightening treatments like azelaic acid instead of harsher options like hydroquinone.

A prescription from your dermatologist (usually 15% to 20% azelaic acid) is the most effective, but over-the-counter products (around 10% strength) can also help. Other skin-brightening ingredients include vitamin C, kojic acid, and arbutin.

These ingredients might be too harsh for sensitive skin, so always do a spot test first. Be cautious with alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids as they can be too strong. Polyhydroxy acids and niacinamide are usually gentler and worth trying with a dermatologist’s guidance.

7. Wear loose, airy clothing. If sweat and humidity trigger your eczema, wear loose-fitting clothes to let your skin breathe and avoid irritation. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. For extra sun protection, consider UPF clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.

8. Always rinse after swimming. Swimming can dry out your skin. Rinse off right after swimming, especially in pools with chlorine, and apply moisturizer immediately. The same goes for showers—use warm water, not hot, and moisturize right after to lock in moisture.

9. Stay cool. A cool environment can help relieve itching. Stay in air-conditioned places, drink plenty of water, and sit in the shade on hot days. You can also store your lotions and sunscreens in the fridge for a cooling effect when you apply them.

If your eczema is severe and nothing seems to help, see your doctor. There are many treatments available that might work better for you with professional guidance. You deserve to enjoy your summer to the fullest!