As winter quickly draws near, many eczema sufferers are preparing for the cold, harsh months ahead. It’s a sad fact that while many who suffer from eczema try product after product looking for a solution to the dryness, itchiness and sores caused by eczema, most products only offer temporary relief from these symptoms. Here are a 4 tips for eczema treatment and prevention you may not have considered.
1. Make Sure to Get Plenty of Fatty Acids
Your first line of defense against eczema flares is essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFAs have a natural anti-inflammatory quality and have been recommended as eczema treatment by doctors for decades. You can take cod liver oil, borage or evening primrose oil, but you can also just boost your fish intake – salmon is especially rich in EFAs.
2. Stay Dry with Silk Under Liners
During the winter months it’s sometimes hard to stay dry. Either you’re wet from the snow or rain on your face and hands, or you’re perspiring under your heavy winter clothing. One solution to the winter clothing dilemma is silk under liners for gloves and socks. Silk dries quickly and allows the skin to breath.
3. Balance Your pH Level
One major cause of eczema flares is an overly acidic pH level. This applies to both the inside and outside of the body. When the body is too acidic internally, it tries to eliminate the acidic toxins through the skin, which causes eczema flares. How can you keep your pH balanced? One of the most effective methods is a change in diet. Some foods are naturally acidic, and some are alkaline – an alkaline diet will help reduce acidity, and will correct your pH level. Get a test kit from the pharmacy so you can monitor your progress. You can keep your external pH balanced by using skin care products that say pH balanced on the label.
4. Stock Up on Shielding Lotion
Last, but not least, use a shielding lotion. A good shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin to create a protective layer that keeps natural moisture in and chemicals out. It also provides a shield against the harsh winter weather. For some people, winter is a favorite season – holidays, family gatherings, winter sports and the feel of coming in from the cold to a warm house make it worth every chilly moment of discomfort. Unfortunately, eczema flares are also common in the winter, and it can certainly take the fun out of the season. Don’t let eczema ruin your winter. Follow the few simple eczema treatment tips above, and don’t forget the shielding lotion!