Does your eczema seem to strike at the most random times? Could it be something you ate? Could it be that new laundry detergent you picked up at the grocery store just last week? If you don’t know your personal eczema triggers, read on to find out what some of the most common ones are.
1. Over-washing your hands
We get it: Around this time of year, especially with flu season in full effect, it’s normal to want wash your hands every five minutes, but if you have eczema, you might want to think twice about doing so. Eczema is usually a result of having overly dry skin, so washing your hands excessively strips your skin of all its essential oils. And because dry skin and eczema don’t mix, it’d be wise to keep a bottle of hand and body lotion on you at all times to help soothe your skin and prevent flare ups.
If you have eczema, then chances are you probably have sensitive skin. Coming in contact with the wrong ingredient can trigger itchiness and redness. Look for detergents that are fragrance-free and neutral in pH without all the harsh ingredients. And the thing about detergent is that symptoms may not start immediately, so just keep your eyes open to how your skin changes over time.
Say “No” to stress! Stress can trigger all sorts of issues and eczema is no exception. If stress is your downfall, take part in activities that lower your stress levels, including yoga and exercise.