A friend of mine has some issues with eczema and that made me realise I haven’t done any blogging on that issue. It also reminded me of a time I had it when I was a preteen. Eczema is linked to dehydrated inflamed skin.
The Do’s To Treat Eczema
The first obvious thing is when you want to treat your face, you should start with a clean face. To get the face clean you should use the right cleanser for this. A really good cleanser for eczema is the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. If you want to opt for African black soap the Shea Moisture African Black Soap Eczema Therapy Soap is a really good and safe option to go for.
For toning, I suggest making your own so you know what ingredients you’re putting in it. A very good toner that works and is safe for eczema is Apple Cider Vinegar + Aloe Vera toner.
Because we’re dealing with dry inflamed skin, it’s best to go for a gentle moisturiser and a really good moisturiser to use is the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.
4. Lock in Moisture
It’s always great to keep your skin hydrated and a great way of doing that is using facial oils after moisturising to lock in that moisture and some great oils that you can use are jojoba oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil, Shea butter and mango butter. You can always switch up the oils you use depending on what season it is. Coconut oil is great for Summer months and Shea butter is great for cold months.
The Dont’s To Treat Eczema
1. Harsh Cleansers
With eczema, you don’t want to use cleansers with fragrance and preservative that irritate the skin.
2. Harsh Exfoliation
Yes, it is good to exfoliate but with eczema, it is not ideal to use scrubbing or exfoliating ‘tools’ such as rough washcloths or loofahs, which often make eczema worse.
3. Expose Yourself To Extreme Temperature
Exposing yourself to extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) – this includes steaming the face and rinsing off with ice cold water isn’t ideal as it is too harsh to the skin. Try cleansing with lukewarm water.
4. Scratching The Itch
It can be tempting to scratch when it itches but please don’t do that. Instead, you can use a cold compress or a moisturiser to cool the itch.