How to Manage Eczema & Dry Skin
Focus on Barrier Repair: Use mild cleansers without fragrance or harsh additives, and avoid bubble baths. Use daily moisturizers, which have good humectant and hydrating ingredients such as Shea Butter and Glycerin. For more severe cases, a dermatologist will often prescribe a steroid cream to treat eczema.
Treat the Itch: It is important to prevent and treat itching in order to avoid disrupting the skin barrier further and prevent infections from occurring. Treating the itch intimately involves working on barrier repair by using good moisturizers and gentle cleansers. Look for soothing ingredients in your skin care products to treat eczema.
Avoid Triggers: Whenever trying a new product, apply it to your inner arm or lateral neck for a few days and see if there is any reaction before applying it all over the face or body. Most eczema patients also have concurrent allergic or irritant contact dermatitis (reactions on the skin when using certain fragrances or products). Avoidance of the offending products is important to keep the itching and eczema under control.