synthetic fabrics can cause skin irritation. Opt for cotton clothes whenever possible.
If possible, it is best to avoid harsh cleaners altogether when cleaning parts of your kitchen/home. There are natural products available that are just as efficient. Regardless of what cleaners you use, it is a good idea to wear gloves when cleaning or doing the dishes, according to Garshick.
“You don’t necessarily need to worry about the product itself; it’s just making sure you’re protecting the skin that would come into contact with products,” Garshick adds.
She recommends keeping moisturizer by the sink to remind you to moisturize your skin if you wash your hands prior to cooking or other activities. This will help prevent the skin irritation that is typically caused by frequent washing.
Keeping your bathroom clean is important to avoid potential eczema triggers such as mold. As with the kitchen, you should wear gloves when cleaning the bathroom and avoid contact with abrasive chemicals such as bleach. These can irritate the skin. Don’t forget to keep a moisturizer by the sink for use after washing your hands.
When taking showers, aim for short and lukewarm showers. It is also important to pay attention to the products you use. Avoid soaps that are harsh and abrasive scrubs. “Make sure you’re looking for products that are designed for sensitive skin or eczema-prone skin,” Garshick notes.
When you are done showering, apply a layer of moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
Dust mites can also lurk in your living room. However, this can be combated through routine vacuuming and dusting. It’s also smart to invest in fabric that is easy to clean. This includes rugs, curtains, etc. You can also purchase covers for your furniture.
“If you have a couch, make sure that the fabric is less likely to collect dust and that it’s easily cleaned,” Garshick says.
If you have a backyard/front yard or spend a lot of time outside, you’ll want to avoid getting too much sun. Consider investing in umbrellas to block the sun out. You should also make a habit out of wearing sunscreen that has the NEA’s Seal of Acceptance.
“If eczema spots get some sun exposure, sometimes they can be more likely to leave a little mark behind,” which is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, according to Garshick.
When to see a doctor
These tips can help you avoid eczema triggers in your home and prevent flare-ups, however, they are not a substitute for eczema treatment. It is still important to see a dermatologist and have a treatment plan in place.
“If the eczema is already active, it’s important to treat it,” Garshick adds. This can be done through moisturizing and using any topical or other treatments you’re prescribed. “Avoidance of triggers is just one important part of managing eczema.”
You should also consult with a dermatologist if the tips above do not work and you are still experiencing flare-ups. He or she can conduct patch testing on your skin to see if you’re allergic to any of the common ingredients found in the household products you use.