1. Moisturise, moisturise and then moisturise again
With eczema, the skin is usually dry which makes it an attractive home for bacteria to live. The skin also does not function well as a protective barrier as it would normally. Regularly moisturising the skin keeps it well hydrated, stopping bacteria living on the its surface and causing infection. Moisturising will also provide a surface barrier to prevent allergens irritating the skin’s surface and causing itching and redness.
Are all moisturisers for eczema the same?
Thick ointments are generally more effective for eczema. This is because, unlike creams which can be made of up to 50 per cent water, ointments do not contain water. Water evaporates quickly from the skin taking hydration with it. Creams are also more likely than ointments to contain harsh preservatives which can more easily irritate eczema skin.