It’s National Eczema Week this week (14th-22nd September). Did you know that? I must admit, I didn’t, despite the fact that I’ve suffered from eczema since I was 8 and I’m 39 now (OK, I will be 40 in a very small number of days!). Most kids get it when they are very young and grow out of it, but I got it when I was a bit older and have suffered from it ever since (although it’s not too bad in summer).
In addition to my eczema, I also suffer from acne, so looking after my skin and using the right products is a big concern of mine. I’m not into grooming and looking beautiful. I’m happy with not painful! Believe me, that eczema can be extremely painful in winter.
It’s for people like me (and I’m sure lots of you and your families too) that Dove has created its Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar. It looks like soap, it does the same job as soap, but it isn’t soap! It’s a mild and moisturising cleanser which doesn’t strip all the essentials from your skin, leaving it dry and likely to break down, like soap does.
Avoid all soap based cleansers to help keep your skin barrier intact. Use a soap substitute instead. (This is something I already do most of the time.)
Shower or bathe in warm water, not hot, and pat skin dry instead of rubbing.
Change your routine as the weather changes – use a heavier moisturiser more frequently during the winter. (I have found this to be essential, changing routine helps me mitigate my eczema even if it doesn’t actually make it better.)