Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common types of eczema. It can also be one of the most serious and long-lasting types, causing flare-ups over a lifetime. There are many remedies to help treat these flare-ups, but if you are like most patients with atopic dermatitis, you would probably rather not have those flare-ups in the first place. While there's nothing you can do to completely cure your atopic dermatitis, taking the following steps can help reduce the frequency and severity of your flare-ups.
Keep your stress levels low.
Atopic dermatitis seems to be an immune system disorder at its heart. When your immune system becomes compromised, it over-reacts and starts causing your skin to break out. The immune system is very reactive to stress. If you can keep your stress levels down, your immune system will be healthier, and you won't have nearly as many eczema flare-ups. How do you keep your stress levels under control? Well, there are a lot of options. Some people find exercise to be stress-relieving. You may also benefit from meditating each morning or from speaking to a therapist about your stressors.
Switch to simple, scent- and color-free products.
Most people with atopic dermatitis are sensitive to scent and color ingredients that are commonly found in products like shampoo and laundry detergent. There's no a lot of consistency as to which ingredients trigger flare-ups. You may be sensitive to a specific blue dye, while a friend of yours is more sensitive to a red dye. Your specific chemical triggers can also change throughout your lifetime. The best solution here is to just switch to products that contain as few ingredients as possible. All-natural, scent- and color-free products are far less likely to trigger flare-ups.
Shower in cool water.
As comforting as that hot shower may feel in the moment, it's likely to trigger a flare-up. You may not have a flare-up immediately, but continually bathing in hot water can break down your skin's barrier and make flare-ups more likely. Switch to showering in cool water, and you should notice that your flare-ups become less frequent. There's no need to shiver; room temperature or slightly warm water is fine.
If you make the changes above, you should notice that your atopic dermatitis flare-ups become less frequent. Make sure you are also checking in with your doctor or dermatologist for treatment as needed. For more atopic dermatitis resources, reach out to a company like ADKeysuspect.