Eczema Tips on How to Care for Your Skin

Last Updated on July 7, 2023 by Ellen Christian

If you’re searching for eczema tips, you have probably realized that how you care for your skin really matters. And, managing eczema during the summer can be more of a challenge than any other time of the year. Since summer is finally here, I wanted to share a few suggestions with you on how to care for your skin.

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Eczema Tips on How to Care for Your Skin

Eczema Tips on How to Care for Your Skin

Thank you to Dr. Kenneth Beer for sharing his answers to this question and answer about eczema with my readers. They will hopefully help you choose an eczema cream that will help control your breakouts.

What is eczema?

Eczema is an immune reaction that targets the skin. This chronic skin disorder produced by inflammation that causes skin to become itchy, red, and dry—even cracked and leathery. Eczema can be triggered by stress, heat, and sweat, sudden changes in temperature, extreme cold/dry climates, heredity, airborne/food allergens or irritants.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema and the two terms are often used interchangeably. Left untreated, eczema can have an enormously negative impact on overall health, well-being, quality of life and restful sleep.

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How common is eczema?

According to the National Eczema Association, eczema is very common and affects more than 32 million people. As a dermatologist, I frequently see patients with eczema and I know my colleagues have the same experience.

How do you treat eczema?

Treating eczema for babies, children and adults is really a combination of preventive and therapeutic efforts. I recommend hydrating cleansers and barrier creams with soothing ingredients, like colloidal oatmeal daily to maintain the integrity of the skin’s barrier.

Look for products with ceramides—an essential lipid naturally found within the skin that plays a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin’s protective function. Speak to your doctor about an eczema flare up treatment that is right for you.

About Dr. Kenneth Beer:

Dr. Kenneth R. Beer, MD PA is board certified in both dermatology and dermatopathology. He is a voluntary assistant professor at the University of Miami and a consulting associate in the Department of Medicine at Duke University.

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