For those of you who have read my newsletters or the Eczema web site in the past you will know that one of my big things when controlling eczema and psoriasis is moisturising the skin.
Moisturising decreases itching
Regularly moisturising the skin will help to reduce the itching and inflammation associated with eczema and psoriasis. This in turn will help to minimise the severity of the condition and make it easier to live with.
Moisturising increases flexibility
A major concern for the sufferer of eczema and psoriasis is a secondary skin infection resulting from excessive itching and cracked skin. The skin remains more flexible when moisturised regularly and as a result is less prone to cracking. This in turn reduces the risk of skin infections.
The secret is to find a good moisturiser and use it regularly. Make a habit to moisturise after showering and after prolonged exposure to water. Carry a moisturiser with you so you can moisturise as needed. Be aware that not all creams used to treat your eczema and psoriasis will be a moisturiser. It may be necessary to use a separate moisturiser as well as your treating cream.
A great way to moisturise the skin and relax at the same time is to add a bath oil to your bath water. Soaking for 10 minutes a day in a warm bath with bath oil will keep your skin soft and moist. Some bath oils can also be applied directly to the skin and offer a deep, longer lasting moisture. Barrier Balms are also a fantastic form of moisturiser as they lock in the moisture and prevent the skin from drying out.