Can managing my dry skin help prevent eczema?

Dr. Doris Day, MD

Absolutely. Eczema is known as "the itch that rashes" which means that you often feel the itch before you even see any changes in the skin. Keeping the skin properly hydrated and intact and healthy as a barrier makes a critical difference in controlling the flares of eczema. Look for products that contain ceramides such as Cetaphil Restoraderm, available at your local drug store. It also helps to moisturize right after the bath or shower, just pat your skin dry so it's still damp and then apply the moisturizer to lock that water in your skin. 

It is also important to see your dermatologist for a proper evaluation and diagnosis as well as a treatment plan to keep your skin comfortable and healthy.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Managing your dry skin is an effective way to help prevent additional outbreaks of eczema. Cleansing your skin helps keep it healthy, so the first line of defense is to remove dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Wash your skin gently with a mild cleanser applied with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Avoid using harsh soaps, as well as rubbing and scrubbing, which can damage the skin further. Apply a moisturizer after bathing to seal in moisture and prevent dryness, itching, and cracking. Consult a dermatologist for more information.

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