October is Eczema Awareness Month, and if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from the skin condition, you’re definitely already aware of it, but are you aware of all the potential triggers? Eczema is a complex condition, and its triggers can vary from person to person, but there are commonalities. Keep reading to see what common triggers can impact the frequency and severity of eczema flare-ups and what you can do about it.
Allergens like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and certain foods can trigger eczema symptoms. Identifying and avoiding these allergens can help manage the condition, particularly during seasonal and weather changes when allergens are potent.
Cold, dry weather can rob the skin of moisture, leading to dryness and irritation. Similarly, hot and humid weather can cause sweating, which may trigger eczema. Proper skincare and climate control can help mitigate these effects and prepare for pivotal moments in the year, such as the change of seasons.
To help prepare for the shift into cooler weather, we’re offering 20% off all moisturizers this month!
Emotional stress and anxiety can lead to eczema flare-ups or worsen existing symptoms. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, exercise, talk therapy, and medication can be beneficial.
Some individuals with eczema have food triggers. Common foods include cow’s milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Additionally, sensitivity to food can trigger flare-ups as well. Foods that contain spice and acid are the primary culprits. Finding and following a diet that works for your lifestyle is key.
Harsh soaps, detergents, fragrances, and skin care products containing alcohol or certain chemicals can irritate the skin and trigger eczema. Using gentle, fragrance-free, medical-grade products can make a huge difference when caring for sensitive skin.
Scratching the itchy skin of eczema can worsen symptoms and lead to an “itch-scratch cycle.” It’s essential to resist the urge to scratch and find alternative ways to relieve itching, such as using moisturizers, prescribed medications, or other forms of eczema management.
One way to help prevent itching is the use of IPL. Short for “Intense Pulsed Light,” IPL devices use a broad spectrum of light wavelengths that are absorbed by the pigment in the skin, blood vessels, or other target areas. The energy from the light is converted into heat, which can help reduce itching and inflammation by stimulating collagen production and improving blood circulation to soothe skin.
This month, we’re offering promos on IPL: Buy 2 IPLs and get the 3rd 50% off, or Buy IPL and receive neck and décolleté for free ($150 value).
Hormonal fluctuations, such as those that occur during pregnancy and menstruation, can influence eczema symptoms in some individuals, with flare-ups correlating monthly to their cycle or ramping up before and after giving birth.
Understanding these common triggers of eczema is essential for effective management and treatment. It’s important to develop personalized strategies for symptom relief and prevention, which may include medications, lifestyle adjustments, and skincare routines tailored to their specific needs. Give us a call to get the help you deserve: (208) 888-0660.