So i’m about nine months into my constant state of flaring and healing. One day i’ll be good, the next I resemble and swollen tomato. Anyway, here are some tips on managing day-to-day.
I use a lot of products, and take a lot of vitamins to attempt to keep my eczema under control. I keep all my products in the same cupboard and always make sure I have a spares just in case! I even have travel sizes of some of my most used creams so I can top up on the go.
Water, water and erm, more water. Staying hydrated is so important as it helps you stop feeling as dry and itchy. Try to avoid caffeine and sugary drinks too as these can agitate your symptoms.
If plain old water isn’t enough for you, throw in some lemon or cucumber and mint to jazz it up a bit!
Cotton clothing will be your best friend. I love chunky knitted jumpers in the winter, but in all honestly they aren’t worth the itching they cause! A lot of high street stores now make 100% cotton clothing, so stock up on t-shirts and leggings so you can be extra comfy on those flare days!
I’m not going to recommend any specific products here as eczema is a very individual condition and what works for me might not work for you. I have done a few review blogs for certain products, but bear in mind that’s just a personal experience and it doesn’t mean you will have the same outcome!
A couple of things to think about though. Avoid products with fragrance as this can cause irritation. Also, make sure you don’t change up your products too often, use them for a couple of weeks at least before making a decision. A doctor told me that you’ll know within three weeks if a product suits you or not. Unless of course you have an obvious negative reaction, stop using the product right away and seek medical advice.
Take rest days
Sometimes it’s important to take a day out for yourself. When my skin is really bad I get really stressed out and anxious about going to work when all I want to do is sit in loose pjs and feel comfy. I’m lucky that my job allows me to work from home if I need to and I appreciate that isn’t an option for everyone, but it is really important to think about your mental health as well as your physical health. Some people think, ‘oh it’s just a little rash’, and they don’t truly understand. But that shouldn’t stop you resting when you need to. So take that bit of time for yourself, you’ve earned it!
So there we go, just a little insight into how I manage my skin, it’s time consuming and stressful, but for the most part it works and keeping my skin as calm as possible!