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Dry, Eczema-Prone skin?

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If you or your child has dry, eczema-prone skin, you know how tough it can be especially during a flare-up. Eczema is a fairly common dry skin condition, affecting up to 1 in 5 children under the age of three and 1 in 10 adults. Eczema can take many forms, but it most often involves dry, itchy skin. Finding body care products that do not irritate sensitive skin may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Since it was developed in 1945, the AVEENO® brand has been trusted by those with sensitive skin. All AVEENO® body products contain naturally active oats and are proven to moisturise dry and sensitive skin.

Know your triggers

Eczema flares can be triggered by many things. It could be a good idea to keep an eczema journal to try to identify what triggers you or your child’s eczema. In your journal, record what’s been eaten (certain foods can be a trigger), emotions at the time (stress is sometimes a factor), the weather (particularly hot or cold weather can be a trigger), and any toiletries used (perfumed products can sometimes cause eczema flare ups). Doing this can help you determine you or your child’s triggers and help you take steps to avoid them.

How to help prevent eczema flare ups

By avoiding or trying to minimize you or your child’s triggers, you can reduce the amount of eczema flare-ups. You should also be using specially designed products to help manage your eczema every day. It can also be a good idea to avoid perfumed products. Cleanse first with gentle emollient body washes, and then moisturise with emollient creams, lotions, or ointments. The AVEENO® brand offers several bath and body care products that are suitable for those with eczema-prone skin.

When applying lotions or creams, avoid rubbing them in too harshly, since this can irritate already sensitive skin. Instead, gently smooth the products in the direction of your hair growth. It may also be a good idea to avoid hot showers and baths. If your eczema is severe, you should see your doctor. He or she may prescribe steroid creams and bandages to help promote healing. You should also see your doctor if you develop a fever or experience weeping, crusting, or pustules, or if you need to seek further advice.

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