1. Avoid Detergents
Detergent is one of the most common household irritants of Adult Eczema. Instead, opt for hypoallergenic detergent and detergent-free skincare products to help prevent “flare-ups” or any other reaction.
2. Avoid Irritants
Limit contact with soaps, perfumes, and other body care products with large amounts of chemical ingredients. Jewelry can sometimes cause outbreaks as well.
3. Ask your doctor about antibiotics
Because eczema causes itching, you are in risk of a bacterial skin infection if you scratch and damage the itchy skin. Your doctor may recommend you take antibiotics to treat the infection.
4. Avoid clothing made of irritating materials
Some materials may irritate your skin and worsen or trigger your eczema. Keep track of your symptoms and if you recognize a material that triggers your eczema, stop using it.
5. Protect your hands
Wear gloves whenever you do dishes or housework, because soap and water, cleaning products, and even dust can irritate your skin, advises Dr. Kleinsmith. “However, rubber gloves tend to get hot and make your hands sweaty, so wear cotton glove liners inside the rubber gloves to absorb perspiration,” she says.
6. Follow skin care basics in the shower or bath.
Hot showers or baths are a common cause of eczema flare-ups. “Switch to room-temperature water and save the hot water for a treat once in a while,” says Cambio. Avoid scrubbing your skin, and use a gentle cleanser instead of soap on the areas that need it. When you’re done, pat dry and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
7. Protect your hands.
Your hands are often exposed to water and other substances that can irritate them. Protect them by wearing rubber gloves whenever you wash dishes or place your hands in water. Wearing light cotton gloves under the plastic gloves can help absorb sweat and cause less irritation. Cotton gloves can also protect your hands when you’re doing other types of housework. When outside in cold weather, choose leather or cotton gloves to protect your hands from the cold air. Wool gloves may cause irritation.
8. Use eczema medication when needed.
If lifestyle changes alone don’t help your eczema, talk with your doctor about using medication to help ease your eczema symptoms. Your doctor may suggest an over-the-counter cream or oral antihistamine, or suggest a prescription medication. If your doctor has already prescribed a medication, use it as directed.
9. Reduce Stress
Stress is one of the main triggers behind eczema, especially in adults. By taking the time to exercise (release those endorphins!), meditate, or even engage in stress management courses, while eating a healthy,balanced diet and sleeping well, you can reduce stress and prevent further outbreaks.