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Tips For Living With Dry Skin & Eczema

Living with dry and itchy skin can be frustration. So, to help you, here are some tips from our Medical-Science team to incorporate in your daily life:

  • Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes. Water is very drying on the skin, so limit contact time to prevent too much moisture loss from the skin.

  • Use warm rather than hot water, this will also help to limit the drying effect of washing.

  • Replace standard soap with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. You can substitute your standard soap with an emollient product, which will also help to rehydrate and protect the skin as you wash.

  • Apply a moisturiser in long gentle strokes in the direction of your hair growth right after after gently blotting your skin dry. Avoid rubbing the skin as this can cause further irritation.

  • Apply a moisturiser liberally and often, particularly right after bathing, and when itchy. The drier the skin, the thicker and more frequent application should be.

  • Carry a non-greasy hand cream with you, and apply it each time you wash your hands.

  • Use perfume free laundry detergent, labeled “hypoallergenic”.

  • Wear gloves when going outdoors in winter, getting hands wet or using chemicals to protect them from irritation and flare ups.

  • Add moisture to the air by plugging in a humidifier at home. This will help to prevent your skin from being affected by dry air.
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