Itch Scratch Cycle
After bathing and showering skin becomes dry, tight and sore causing itchy skin to flake
The skin has a layer of natural oil, which helps retain moisture
in the skin, but use of soaps, detergents and shower gels strip the skin of
this essential layer.
Replace washes, shower gels and bubble baths with exederm cleansing wash. Avoid irritants such as parabens
Water itself can be drying to the skin and when the skin is warm it becomes
more absorbent, therefore it is essential to moisturize immediately after washing
with a moisturizer such as exederm intensive moisture cream.
Regular washes and shower gels may also contain colorings, lanolin, soap and
fragrances which may irritate you skin causing it to break out in a rash. Replace
these products with the exederm cleansing wash or exederm intensive moisture
Dust mites, household pets, and grass pollen can aggravate eczema or dry sensitive
skin. These allergens may cause skin rash
which can become itchy and irritated and when
untreated can result in flare-ups. Flare-ups are when the skin becomes very
irritated, dry, itchy, and red and painful. In extreme cases the skin may break
• Replace carpets where possible with hard tiling or wooden floors
• Clean floors and surfaces completely of dust regularly
• Vacuum carpets regularly to minimize dust mites
• Check for pet allergies as contact animal
hairs or feathers may aggravate symptoms
Dust mites can aggravate eczema so, to combat this, replace carpets and synthetic
floor coverings which breed and home dust mites with tile or wooden floors.
This type of floor covering allows dust mites to be more easily removed through
regular cleaning and dusting.
Vacuum carpets regularly as this will minimize the presence of dust mites in
the home. Consider using a vacuum with a hepa-filter to minimize allergens.
Fabrics and Bedding
Choose 100% cotton bedclothes and bed covers as opposed to synthetic fabrics
or cotton and synthetic fabric mixes. 100% cotton allows the skin to breathe.
Avoid putting synthetic or woolen fabric next to the skin as these materials
can irritate or itch the skin aggravating dry sensitive skin
and bed covers should be washed weekly at a temperature of 60 c or above as
this will help control dust mites in the bedroom which may aggravate eczema.
Replace biological washing powders and fabric conditioner with non-biological
washing detergents, as these are kinder to sensitive skins. Keep house temperatures
cool to warm rather than warm to hot, as this is most comfortable temperature
for dry sensitive skin or eczema
In homes with air conditioning, consider using a humidifier to return moisture
to the air.