If you suffer the tragedy that is eczema, then you have likely noticed that as soon as summer rolls around, breakouts become even more common. As the universe is completely against you, of course those breakouts often happen in visible areas, like right on your face. What’s more, because it is hot and you are showing off your body (or just keeping it cool) in those summer clothes, you run the higher risk of someone seeing the breakout than you do in the winter when you can just cover everything up.
Naturally, there is nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to eczema breakouts, but that still doesn’t mean they look pretty. So in the summertime when the sun is high and the eczema breakouts are too, you are left with two options – ignore it or do something about it.
It is obvious which you are supposed to pick, and luckily tailoring your skincare routine to prevent eczema breakouts in the summer is a rather simple process.
Why Are Eczema Breakouts More Common in the Summer?
Unfortunately for those that suffer from eczema, something as simple as a change in the weather can trigger a breakout in the right circumstances. So what is it about summer that makes eczema breakouts happen more frequently?
- Heat – Not only can the heat of summer make eczema trigger, but it makes it itch ridiculously. Humidity, due to the increase moisture affecting your skin’s moisture barrier, is also responsible if you live in a humid area.
- Sweat – Just like humidity can trigger and irritate an eczema breakout, so can your body’s own little cooling system. As perspiration and humidity both cause your clothes to rub, this can also cause breakouts, but primarily perspiration dries out your skin and can cause a flare up.
- Allergies – Spring and summer are prime allergy seasons and your nose isn’t the only one prone to suffering. If you have allergies and pollen gets on your skin, that allergic reaction will manifest as eczema.
Ways Summer Can Help Eczema, Too
Summer isn’t all bad for those prone to eczema. For as much as it can irritate eczema, it has been shown that exposure to UV light can help sooth it. Of course, if you let it go for too long and get sunburned, that will only make things worse.
However, a number of eczema suffers find their breakouts disappear or are vastly improved after a trip to the beach. The combination of warm sunlight, cool water, and the reduction of stress that comes from a day at the beach are all great for eczema. So if you are really suffering, maybe it is time for a vacation.
How to Prevent Eczema in the Summer
We can’t all go to the beach every day, so for everyone else, there needs to be a different course of action you can take to prevent excessive summer eczema breakouts.
For those suffering eczema this summer, here are things to adjust to keep it to a minimum:
- Control Your Climate – You can’t control out of doors climate, but indoors, keep your house and office as cool as possible. It will help prevent eczema and sooth it if it is already there. If air conditioning isn’t available, choose to use a fan. However, it is worthwhile to also try to keep the humidity around fifty percent.
- Moisturize – Just because it is so humid outside you can literally feel the water in the air doesn’t mean you can skip this necessary daily routine. Eczema is caused by a disturbance in your skin’s moisture barrier, not the moisture in the air, so you better continue to moisturize.
- Avoid Irritating Products – Yes, of course, you have to avoid irritating products when you have eczema. That is an all-year affair. However, summer often forces us to introduce more products into our routine, such as sunscreen. You should wear it all year long, but many people just use it in the summer. That’s fine, but you need to make sure it is free of dyes and fragrances, both of which can trigger eczema.
- Prep for Allergies – If allergy season is coming up, be pre-emptive with your antihistamines. By getting on a regimen with them, it can stop allergy-related eczema before it even begins. You might want consult a doctor for an antihistamine prescription, though.
- Rinse Frequently – Sand, pollen, grass – so many things can irritate our skin and trigger an eczema breakout. If you have the opportunity, enjoy a quick, cool rinse to wash your skin. You don’t need to use any cleansers since those could dry out your skin, but a cool rinse just by itself can keep eczema in check. Take full advantage of beach or pool outdoor showers.
- Dress Cool – When you go outside, you can still be fashionable, but prioritize keeping your body cool over anything else. Breathable cotton is your friend here as well as any other soft, breathable fabric. However, be sure to change into something else if the cotton starts absorbing too much moisture. It breathes, but it doesn’t dry quickly.