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Today, people are more active than ever. But riding,
jogging, golfing, fishing and walking outside in the cold of winter or the heat
of summer can trigger the itchy, red patches of skin known as eczema or atopic
Environmental triggers may include dry air, cigarette smoke,
irritating soap used on your skin or even in your laundry. Have you isolated
your personal triggers?
study has found that up to 60% of the chemicals in products that you put
on your skin are absorbed. Those chemicals end up in your bloodstream. It’s
well known that regular use of an excellent, natural moisturizer is an
important eczema treatment, especially in hot or cold weather. It will
help keep skin from drying out, itching and cracking. But the quality of the
ingredients is critically important. Look for natural, soothing
ingredients. Petroleum by-products such as mineral oil and propylene
glycol should be avoided. Not only moisturizers, but also foundations,
cleansers and shampoos often contain mineral oil or propylene glycol. A
good moisturizer is highly effective in preventing moisture loss and
eczema flare ups. For example, InfiniteAloe Skin Care penetrates up to 7
layers deep, yet is non-greasy.
spring is in the air, pollen is too. A common eczema trigger, some doctors
recommend staying indoors when pollen counts soar. If you find that you
are very sensitive, keep your windows closed and use a HEPA filter or
other good air purifier on those days. Yoga, dance, or other indoor
workout may be your best option when the pollen counts are high enough to
mites can trigger eczema, especially in children. A really good vacuum
cleaner that captures dust may be a worthwhile investment. Many vacuum
cleaners actually stir dust around when you clean, rather than taking it away,
so look for one that’s designed for people with allergies.
pets are cherished family members, but their dander can be an eczema
trigger. If they’re indoors, birds, cats, and dogs will need to be bathed
and groomed frequently, and that allergy-appropriate vacuum cleaner will
need to be used often.
Monitor your reaction to things carefully. Many people keep
a diary of what they eat, the skin care products, soaps, detergents, pollen
count, and other factors in order to figure out what it is that seems to cause
flare ups. This requires patience and discipline, but there are rewards. If you
can isolate your personal eczema triggers, you should be able to minimize your
exposure to those things while still enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle, and
improving your self confidence.