Check out our top tips on lifestyle changes you can make to help managing your eczema easier.
The two most common and harmful food intolerances for skin conditions are gluten and dairy. Try removing gluten, dairy and sugary, processed foods from your diet.
Eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods such as wild-caught fish and plant foods. Add plenty of spices to your food - turmeric is especially good for anti-inflammatory purposes.
Fish oil, evening primrose oil and vitamins D and A are recommended for eczema sufferers to add into their daily routine.
Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation affects every part of our lives, but also increases inflammation and exacerbates eczema. Aim for 8 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep every night.
Studies show regular exercise reduces inflammation and boosts your immune system. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, make it your own.
5. Control stress
Studies link chronic stress levels with inflammation, among many other health issues. Practice stress reduction methods such as meditation or mindfulness, deep breathing, yoga or other forms of exercise. Make it a priority to do it regularly.
Sunflower seed oil prompts the production of our bodies’ natural ceramide, helping to improve the skin barrier as well as being an anti-inflammatory. A study with eczema patients showed staph bacteria on the skin decreased by 95% after coconut oil was applied to the skin.
Apply these oils when the skin is still wet after a shower or bath, or mix it in with your body lotion.
Take a bath at least once a day (rather than less than that) and moisturise immediately afterwards. The bath washes allergens, pollutants and any other potential eczema triggers from the skin, while moisturising helps to keep it hydrated after the fact.