Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about eczema simply because redheads with sensitive skin are more prone to this skin condition. The recent outbreak and spread of the coronavirus have heightened germ awareness and because of this, there is probably an increase in eczema flare ups. With the necessitiy to constantly wash hands (for at-least 20 seconds every time) and apply a hand sanitizer, your skin could be experienceing intense dehydration and lead to eczema (even though your immune system is thanking you).
Since disinfecting your hands is not optional, there are other ways to combat eczema. Three skin experts weigh in how redheads can prevent a flare up*:
What exactly is eczema?
“Eczema is an atopic disease that commonly affects general populations of all ages. There are various allergens that could trigger the disease including cloth detergent, pets, pollen and many more. As we all know, eczema is a skin disease manifested as itchy and very dry skin that could be complicated by being infected, thickened and scarred. Especially in winter, the skin will become more red, drier and patients may expose to many triggers including cold air, many layers of clothing, using too many beds covering and taking a hot bath,” Dr. Jasmine Ruth, a leading Aesthetic Physician, shared.
Six tips on preventing and combatting eczema:
1. Cooler showers
Take shorter, cooler showers and limit the bathtub to once a week. When showering or bathing, use lukewarm water to avoid an eczema flare-up,” Stephanie Ivonne, a licensed esthetician serving on the advisory board for Smart Style Today, shared.
2. Purchase a humidifier
Invest in a humidifier to help relieve some eczema symptoms by adding moisture back into the dry air allowing the skin to retain its hydration.
3. Try this kitchen staple
“Coconut oil is also another trick I love to give people. This oil is an effective and safe natural treatment for eczema sufferers and as an antimicrobial, it helps at killing bacteria that may be on the skin and reduces inflammation and discomfort,” Ivonne goes on to mention. “Apply on damp skin directly out of the shower, then pat dry to set the skin up for moisturizer.”
Drink tons of water. Drinking water plays a crucial role as it hydrates from the inside out.
5. Purchase eczema-friendly products
“I like products with ceramide, such as Cerave. Ceramides are a type of fatty acid that helps retain moisture in the skin to keep it hydrated. They also help the skin have a good skin barrier,” Jamie Kim, a certified Dermatology Physician Assistant (PA) and founder of My Itchy Child, shared. “Vanicream is another good option eczema as well because it is free of many skin irritants such a paraben, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, and formaldehyde.”
A few more ‘redhead friendly’ eczema creams:
6. Think about what you’re putting in your body
Elizabeth Girouard, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Founder of Pure Simple Wellness and Zing Meals, shared that foods like gluten or dairy can trigger eczema. “Eliminating the offending food can reduce or alleviate the symptoms. In addition, adding anti-inflammatory foods into the diet, such as deep-colored fruits and vegetables like tart cherries, broccoli and kale; omega-3s – such as wild salmon and sardines; and foods high in probiotics such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha can help reduce inflammation in the body and support the immune system. Thereby, reducing eczema flare-ups.”
Have you experienced eczema before? Leave your comments below!
*If you’re experiencing eczema, consult with your doctor/dermatologist for the best and more effective relief.