When summer rolls around it makes sense that we trade in our parkas for t-shirts and our wool slacks for swingy skirts. But chances are the changing of the seasons has left your skin feeling dry, scaly and irritated—and this goes double for anyone who suffers from a skin condition like eczema, which tends to flare up when the seasons change. The good news is you can shed your layers with a bit of skin confidence thanks to key products that relieve the effects of dry skin and eczema. Here’s how.
Eczema and dermatitis
If you suffer from eczema you need relief from a few specific things—itchiness, redness and dryness. Not what you want when you have your eye on a cute summer dress. And you can’t use just anything to treat it—eczema is not just simply dry skin. It’s a condition with no discernable cause but plenty of triggers. You need a product that helps to relieve the often-painful results of an eczema flare-up but doesn’t irritate your already sensitive skin. Unfortunately, there are so many things that can trigger a flare-up including plenty of the products you already use that contain irritants like fragrance. Even your clothes can cause eczema to get worse, which means when you hide your flare-ups in long sleeves you’re not always helping along recovery. Perhaps even more unpredictable is the effect that stress has on your skin. Although it’s hard to pinpoint an exact cause of eczema, we do know that stress creates inflammation in the body—which leads to inflammation in the skin, and then leads to more stress. A vicious cycle if there ever was one and your skin and mental health suffer for it. All in all, it’s a tough condition to manage and an even harder one to predict. Which is why it’s important to rely on the right products to help calm and soothe a flare-up.
What you need
Look for treatments that are soothing, non-irritating and that help build and protect the skin barrier. These will reduce inflammation, prevent further irritation and prevent infection. These sorts of products are not only going to bring much-needed physical relief, but you’ll also get the cosmetic benefits of less redness, dryness and irritation—it’s a win-win. What you don’t need is any added fragrance, parabens or additional irritants that will make things worse.
Dermakalm Eczema Cream is a great option for eczema sufferers. It’s a corticosteroid-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free option that can be applied two to three times per day in a thin layer to help provide temporary relief from eczema’s symptoms such as itchiness and redness. The formula is approved by the Canadian Eczema Society of Canada. That, plus some physical sunscreen (look for the active ingredient: zinc oxide) and you’re on your way to summer fun. You can also relieve children’s atopic eczema with Dermakalm Eczema Cream for Infants and Children and find relief from hand and contact eczema with Dermakalm’s Hand and Contact Eczema Cream. The brand also has lines that help to treat psoriasis (Dermakalm Psoriasis) and facial redness (Dermakalm Rosa Cream) so you’re covered from top-to-toe.
The results? Even if life is stressful and your eczema has got you down, you can get back to those t-shirts and showing off bare legs that warm weather calls for. Which—let’s be honest—is what summer should be about. Having some stress-free fun in the sun.
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