Preparing for Eczema this Autumn


Just as the seasons change, so does our skin and a common problem faced by people in Eczema. Most Eczema sufferers will find that they suffer the most during the autumn months but do not realise that there are ways of managing this disorder to subside the effects. However, there are very small but effective measures you can take to reduce the over inflammatory responses during the autumn time.

Watching your diet is an important factor to keep in mind throughout the year but especially during the autumn months. Despite diet not being specifically linked to eczema flare ups, you should keep in mind any changes in your skin and consider the food you have eaten in the last 24 hours. If you have eaten a certain food group in excess your immune system may struggle to absorb it all resulting in a higher chance of skin problems.

As the weather gets colder, the heating at home, work and in other buildings in automatically turned up. However, frequently going in and out of these differing environments can put pressure on immune systems and by extension, your skin. By simply being sensible with your heating and not setting your temperature too high you can avoid this being an issue. Keep in mind that the ideal temperature for a bedroom is 19 degrees but in the colder months it can seem like you need to put your heating higher when it is unnecessary.

If your eczema flare-ups are noticeably getting worse or are becoming itchier it may be an issue of the product you are using on your skin. With your skin having a pH balance of around 6.5 it is important that you use soap and skin care products which are pH neutral to avoid any inflammation. You may want to also avoid products with contain parabens, propylene or methylisothiazlinone as they can antagonise sensitive skin.

Watching your stress levels are very important as typically moving in the autumn/winter seasons, the change of weather can often bring people down. This type of mood imbalance can affect your whole body and immune system, making eczema break outs more likely.

Autumn can also be particularly bad for younger children and babies who struggle with eczema. The change of seasons can increase the likelihood of skin rashes and break outs of eczema. Being prepared is key and products like ScratchSleeves can be a lifesaver. The protective mitts provide a soft surface to stop babies and toddlers from scratching too violently.