June 21, 2017

If you have eczema, you know that the itchy, scaly rash can pop up on any given day—and in the most inconvenient places. But even though there is no known cure for the skin condition, making small lifestyle changes can help you avoid symptoms.

Did you know that taking long, hot showers can irritate your skin? The hot water saps skin of natural oils. The same goes for harsh detergents and soaps. Try stocking up on dye-free and fragrance-free products, or try formulas specifically geared toward sensitive skin, so you’re less likely to encounter an irritant. For more tips, watch the video.

Watch the video: What Causes Eczema?

Don’t have time to watch? Read the full transcript:

Eczema is a skin condition with an itchy, scaly rash. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis. It usually appears on the arms or behind the knees, but it can appear anywhere on the body. Experts believe it’s hereditary, but it’s also linked to asthma and allergies. To help manage symptoms, avoid:

  1. Long, hot showers and baths: Hot water saps the skin of natural oils.
  2. Harsh detergents and soaps: Stick to dye-free, fragrance-free products.
  3. Dry winter weather: Use a thick moisturizer during the colder months.
  4. Chemicals: Anything from household cleaners to hair dye could trigger a reaction.
  5. Scratchy, irritating fabrics: Stick to cotton.
  6. Stress: Doctors aren’t sure why, but stress can cause a flare-up.