Four tips for dealing with eczema flare-ups

Dry air, layers of clothing and hot baths all make winter uncomfortable with this dry skin condition. Here’s how to minimise outbreaks and find relief.

Heading into colder months can be challenging for those with mild eczema, a common skin condition that causes red, itchy, scaly and inflamed skin.

Wind, colder air temperatures and a drop in humidity can dry out skin, with the loss of moisture causing eczema to flare

Bundling up against the chill in layers of clothes can cause overheating, which also leads to flare-ups.

Fortunately, there is lots you can do to minimise outbreaks and soothe irritated skin. 

Here are four tips for dealing with – and preventing – flare-ups.

1. Avoid hot showers

A hot shower or bath is totally tempting when it’s bucketing down, but hot water can dry out the skin, making it more susceptible to inflammation and irritation

Stick to lukewarm water and pat – rather than rub – yourself dry with a towel. 

Avoid soaps or washes that produce bubbles or foam, which can damage and dry the skin. 

TOP TIP: Use a moisturiser before you shower to create a protective barrier and then slather on afterwards to hydrate your skin while it is still damp.

2. Take extra care with your diet

Several studies have shown that certain foods can trigger or worsen eczema symptoms, leading to skin irritation or itching. 

Common culprits include dairy products, shellfish, eggs and processed foods. 

On the other hand, foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fatty fish, flaxseeds and walnuts can help reduce inflammation and eczema flare-ups. 

Staying hydrated with good old H2O is also important.

3. Dress in soft, comfortable layers

To avoid overheating your skin in winter, try wearing several layers of clothing that you can remove as you need to, instead of one heavy layer. 

Avoid scratchy materials, such as pure wool, polyester or acrylic, which can irritate the skin, and wear soft, smooth materials next to your skin, such as cotton or bamboo, which are gentle on the skin and allow the air to circulate. 

Removing labels from your clothing also helps. 

Avoid doonas and don’t use too many blankets on your bed.

4. Incorporate Grahams Natural treatments for mild eczema into your skin regimen

An Australian-owned family business, Grahams Natural was born in 2000 when founders Geoff and Shannon Graham wanted to help with their infant son Ryan’s mild eczema.

Determined to provide safe long-term treatment options for skin conditions such as mild eczema, after 22 years the company’s core philosophy remains the same, with each product created with extensive research and development and manufactured locally.

Geoff and Shannon believe in the power of naturally hydrating ingredients, such as Manuka honey, calendula, gotu kola and jojoba seed oil.

Grahams Natural C+ Eczema & Dermatitis Cream^ helps to manage redness and soothe your skin.

While Grahams Natural Body & Bath Oil has been developed for people who experience reactions to ingredients found in chemical-based products.

It also helps moisturise dry skin and protect the skin’s barrier – perfect for helping you out before and after your shower.

Best used in a combined two-step regimen, try the Itchy Skin Care Pack, which includes both.

Grahams Natural Eczema Gel^ can also provide soothing relief, helping to reduce the occurrence of symptoms of mild eczema and mild dermatitis.

With the right approach, you can successfully manage your eczema and enjoy healthy, comfortable skin.

* This post is brought to you by Grahams Natural. ^Always read the label and follow the directions for use. Patch test before use.