Eczema sufferers have a weaker outer layer of skin that needs constant protection and moisture. But it’s not just about slathering on any old body lotion and expecting the itch to stop. When it comes to eczema, there is a right and wrong way to take care of your skin.

Here are five simple dermatologist approved tips to follow for itch-free skin:

Skip Those Hot Steamy Showers

When you are itching like a crazy person, the idea of having a long steamy shower is tempting, but don’t give into it. Hot water is rough on the skin and can irritate and damage the skin’s barrier. Since eczema sufferers already have a damaged skin barrier, over time, hot showers just make it worse,

Keep Your Showers Short  

We love a good long shower, especially when we are feeling itchy, but it is important not to linger too long under that comforting stream of water. Excessive exposure to water, especially at hot temperatures, strip the skin of essential oils needed to maintain a healthy skin barrier, so keep your showers to 10 minutes at the most.

Skip On The Exfoliants

If you have eczema, it’s important to avoid using exfoliating products. This includes physical scrubs and chemical exfoliants, such as AHAs, BHAs, and enzymes. Dry, flaky skin needs hydration. Exfoliating already-dry skin can lead to more harm than good.

Never Skip Your Moisturiser

Keep your skin barrier protected. After a shower, be sure to apply an unscented body lotion all over. Even on areas where you don’t have eczema. You should moisturise both morning and evening using a product formulated for sensitive skin. Stick to an unscented moisturiser without any active ingredients or known irritants, such as fragrances, dyes, alcohol, and essential oils. 

Never Skip Your SPF

People with eczema need protection from the sun just like everyone else, but this step is often skipped out of fear of triggering an eczema flare up. The National Eczema Association recommends a broad spectrum, mineral-based or physical sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.

Living with eczema is not easy, but following these simple tips can help make it easier to bear.