this month is Eczema Awareness Month and with three small kids who happen to suffer from extremely dry skin and bouts of eczema i thought i would share some of our favorite eczema solutions.
first, Aveeno Baby has been a part of our household since the day my first baby was born. it is such a reliable lotion for the entire family and i'll even use it on my face during dry winter months. thankfully it is non-comedogenic and fragrance free which makes it a great product even for delicate facial skin.
Aveeno Baby has recently introduce their Eczema Therapy which includes a Moisturizing Cream, Hand Cream and Soothing Bath Treatment. these products are wonderful for treating dry, irritated skin, particularly skin with eczema flares.
my son is a soccer addict who plays on teams year round and has always suffered from eczema. during soccer season it is typical to find red scaly patches where his shin guards are positioned. without regularly treatment these areas get worse to the point of bleeding. so here is how we treat it:
shower. every day.
a common myth of eczema is to avoid bathing frequently as it is thought to dry out the skin. if you are bathing in scalding water then yes, you should avoid it, however if you are bathing in warm (not HOT) water you are providing necessary moisture to the surface of the skin. once out of the shower/bath you want to IMMEDIATELY apply your moisturizer to affected areas. this will act as a shield to lock in moisture. doing this regularly will help tremendously in improving dry patchy skin.
using lotions like Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy with its steroid-free fragrance-free formula will help to gently treat dry, itchy, irritated skin.
to take it another step further you can try the Aveeno Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatments. when my children's skin is particularly bad (happens often during winter) we'll use these when bathing them to provide an added element of moisturizing to their bathing routine.
last, don't forget to keep bottles of moisturizer located in every bathroom and room around your house. applying after hand washing is essential and having easy access to the products will help them to be used more often.
for more information on products and tips on how to use them visit www.aveeno.com.