How should I moisturize my skin if I have atopic eczema?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The best time to moisturize your skin if you have atopic eczema is immediately after bathing. A moisturizer works by trapping water in your skin. After taking a short bath with warm -- not hot -- water, apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Try to moisturize within a few minutes of finishing your bath or shower. If you use a topical medication, your dermatologist may advise you to apply the medication first, then the moisturizer. You should also moisturize several more times throughout the day. A thick moisturizing cream is usually recommended for people with atopic eczema.

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