8 Things to Avoid With Eczema and Dry, Itchy or Sensitive Skin

8 Things to Avoid With Eczema and Dry, Itchy or Sensitive Skin

Let’s talk about dry skin and things you can avoid that may make it worse. The technical name for dry skin is xerosis, so you may hear me say that or read about it elsewhere. Dry skin can be itchy and very bothersome so it’s helpful to know how you can better cope with it. Dry skin can potentially also make other skin conditions worse. So here is a list of things that make it worse that you should be aware of and may be able to avoid.

  1. It’s often worse in the wintertime when we stay inside because most heating devices dry out the air that keeps us warm. A humidifier may be helpful, especially in the room you sleep in.
  2. Taking hot showers can also make your skin drier as it promotes evaporation at your pores. This is even more true if you hop out and dry off immediately without using a moisturizer to trap in the water on your skin.
  3. If you use a loofah or exfoliating products, do not use them every day. It’s helpful to get dead skin off, but you don’t want to scrub your skin too heavily or harshly.
  4. If the humidity of the area where you live is low, it can dry your skin out.
  5. Harsh soaps with too much fragrance can be damaging and drying to skin. Soaps you might consider avoiding are ivory, zest, irish spring and dial among others.
  6. If you wash your skin or your face too frequently, you will dry it out.
  7. Swimming frequently is another risk factor for dry skin.
  8. Some types of detergents and fabric softeners can be very irritating. Keep an eye open for skin sensitive or free and clear detergents.
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