Some individuals have suffered with dry skin conditions their whole life, whilst others have developed them later in life. Coping with symptoms and triggers can sometimes seem a chore, yet with a few small tweaks, symptoms can be much improved.
The important thing to note is that you are not alone. Eczema affects as many as 1 in 5 children and 1 in 10 adults, while psoriasis affects 125 Million people worldwide. Despite these high statistics, neither condition is permanently curable, so sufferers must instead attempt to minimise and manage the lifestyle factors that could lead to flare-ups. These are generally referred to as “triggers”.
So what are these triggers, and how can we avoid them? Many of us take our skin for granted, but it is in fact our first line of defence against the outside world, and is the largest organ in our body.
One of the biggest triggers for many is temperature, or humidity. Whether it is excessively hot or cold, damp or dry, these extremes can play havoc with our skins natural moisture, causing us to dehydrate, sweat, burn, or chafe. To avoid these sorts of irritations, we suggest wearing waterproof clothing during rain, covering up in summer, removing wet or irritating clothes and avoiding excessively hot or cold areas. Avoiding irritating fabrics such as wool is also advised.
The temperature can affect everyone, but on a more personal level, many are also susceptible to specific allergens, such as dust mites, pollens, mould, animal fur and sometimes even dietary triggers. It is important to minimise exposure to these if they affect you. Special dust mite allergy bedding is available, and fabrics or areas of the house that may gather dust should be cleaned regularly.
Finally, one of the biggest factors that can contribute to flare-ups is stress. Stress is a very personal and subjective factor, which must be managed carefully. Avoiding stressful situations, engaging in meditation and regular relaxation such as bathing and hobbies can help reduce stress. Exercise has also been linked to reductions in stress thanks to the hormonal response it produces. Whether you enjoy music, cooking, television or anything else, having a regular sleep pattern and a stress free life will go a long way toward minimising the symptoms of your dry skin condition.
We understand everyone has different triggers, which is why we strongly recommend you keep a diary of flare-ups, symptoms and lifestyle actions. This could help you to spot correlations in your life that are causing your skin to react. Remember, if your skin condition worsens or flares-up, the Epaderm range is there for you and your skin.
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