December 8, 2017
These often contain ingredients like rubbing alcohol and solvents that are harsh on your hands, upsetting your skin especially during flare-ups. Go for mild, fragrance-free and soap-free cleansers instead, and always blot dry and slather on your moisturizer generously immediately after washing.
More often than not, the culprit is not latex but the chemical additives commonly used in the manufacture of these gloves. Choose cotton gloves instead if you are doing dry work and hypoallergenic vinyl gloves if you are working with food or water. If your cotton gloves get uncomfortable in warm weather, you can consider cutting the tips off if your fingertips aren’t affected by eczema. Lastly, be sure to wash the soiled gloves using fragrance-free and dye-free detergent.
The more water there is in a lotion or moisturizer, the more likely it is to worsen your hand eczema. Moisturizers containing more water than oil can dry out the skin after application as the water from the product evaporates, worsening the condition. A heavy ointment with a higher oil to water ratio will be much more effective in relieving the dry, chapped skin on your hands a water-based moisturizer.
Sun rays can inflame unprotected skin and lead to an eczema flare. But this doesn’t mean you need to avoid or be paranoid about the sun. To enjoy activities comfortably under the sun, choose the right sunscreen with the appropriate coverage and the right ingredients. Also, be sure to follow the application and reapplication directions diligently while under the sun. Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide are better for sensitive skin than the chemical versions. Remember, sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied after every 2 hours.
Anxiety and stress can make eczema worse. When you’re tense, your body release hormones in response to the stress. These hormones reduce your immunity and can bring on inflammatory responses, including skin flares. Even physical stress, like a cold, can take a toll on your sensitive skin, provoking flares and itch. So take good care of yourself and make it a habit to get enough sleep.
Lastly, continue all of the protective measures that have been working for you for at least four months after your eczema has settled. This is because your skin will remain sensitive to irritation for a long time after it appears to have fully healed.