Prevent Eczema Summer Flare Ups

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Just because winter is over and done with doesn’t mean that new skin problems can’t surface, such as more breakouts due to the heat and humidity. Whenever the climate changes, your skin changes, too. That said, your skincare routine should change as well.

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“In the winter, it’s important to moisturize liberally to avoid dry, brittle skin. During the sweaty, summer months, exfoliation is increasingly important,” says Dr. Michelle Henry, a board-certified dermatologist at Sadick Dermatology in New York. “In the winter, creams are best as they are more moisturizing; however, as the summer approaches, many switch to lotions [because they’re] lighter and less greasy on warm days.”

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Although eczema is more common during the cold, winter months, there are some people who still experience flare ups in the summer due to increased sweating. “Eczema is an itchy, red rash that is occasionally bumpy,” Dr. Henry says. “It can appear anywhere on the body. Eczema is intensely itchy. Many sufferers of eczema may scratch their skin until it bleeds or hardens and thickens.”

Dr. Henry recommends the following tips for eczema sufferers: