How to keep your skin hydrated:
- Use moisturisers
- Moisturisers can be lotions, gels, creams, ointments
- Generally speaking, the oilier the moisturiser the better it will hydrate and therefore the better it will be in combating itchiness.
- Ointments, for example, usually contain fewer preservatives than creams so are usually less irritating and less allergic but they are oily, which isn’t ideal for some people.
- For any treatment to be effective it has to be compatible with your lifestyle, which is why we would recommend sticking with the moisturiser you use on a regular basis. If you feel comfortable using it, you’re more likely to use it.
2. Don’t use soap – use soap substitutes
- Soaps and abrasive products will strip your skin of its natural oil. Dry skin will just become drier.
- Moisturisers can be used as soap substitutes. e.g. Aproderm, Dermol, Aveeno, Epaderm, Oilatum & Hydromol.
- Some of these products also come in a form designed to be used in the shower and bath
- Most moisturisers can usually be used as soap substitutes – and although they may not foam up like ‘regular’ shower and bath gels, they will clean just as efficiently without drying the skin.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about your eczema, or your skin in general.