Have you ever noticed that your eczema comes and goes depending on the time of year? If you’ve ever experienced fluctuations in eczema severity and symptoms, the good news is that you're not imagining things. Seasonal changes can be very intense for struggling skin. The other good news is that there are measures you can take each season to prevent these types of flare-ups and keep your eczema at bay.
To help you out, we’ve got answers to some of your common questions. Read on for everything you need to know! Why does eczema flare up in certain seasons?
To break it down in the simplest terms, eczema is very reactive to the environment around you. Things like UV exposure, temperature, and the amount of moisture in the air have a huge impact on your skin. These factors shift from season to season, and are additionally complicated by things like forced air heating and central air.
Therefore, it only makes sense that as these things change, so does your eczema. How do eczema symptoms differ from season to season? While it will vary for everyone, typically the two main seasons for struggling with eczema tend to be winter and summer.
In the winter, the air tends to be drier and weather conditions such as wind and cold are harsher. This can take a toll on the skin’s natural protective barrier, meaning more sensitivity and reactivity.
In the summer, the skin may respond better to more humidity and longer daylight hours (for extra Vitamin D!) However, at the same time, you can have different irritation factors to contend with including sweat, allergens or pollen in the air, more sun exposure, and prickly heat.
For some, these things can also mean more itchiness or angry flare-ups. It’s worth noting that in-between times such as fall and spring can bring less intense weather, but these seasons can also be problematic due to more rapid changes and extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations, which may confuse struggling skin.
So how should you treat your eczema during every season? For troubleshooting eczema and supporting your skin year round, we recommend a holistic approach.
As much as possible, consider keeping your home environment temperatures stable. Avoid using overly hot water in the shower, and use minimal heating and air conditioning if possible.
You might even want to invest in a humidifier to prevent drastic drops in air moisture. Anticipating environmental changes and dressing accordingly in breathable layers can be a big help, ensuring that you always have some control over your body’s temperature and protection against elements.
It’s also a good idea to pay attention to known triggers–such as allergies, pollen, dust mites, chlorine, and certain foods–and limit your exposure.
What products work best for eczema? Of course, one of the best things you can do for eczema is care for your skin with the right products. By using nourishing, soothing, and moisturizing ingredients throughout every season, you can do a lot to prevent flare-ups and irritation.
As your eczema experts, Lizzie’s All Natural Products has designed numerous products that were created for anyone experiencing eczema, at any age.
A few of our favorites include:
● The Eczema Butter & Oatmeal Soap Bundle - For a daily ritual that will keep your skin cleansed and nurtured, this duo makes the perfect pair. Both are formulated with super gentle ingredients that promote hydration and repair.
● The Eczema Butter Bundle For Babies - Gentle enough for baby, this kit contains some of our bestsellers including Unscented Body Wash, a natural sponge, and our Eczema Butter formulated specially for young skin.
● The Eczema Cookbook - A balanced diet is a must for supporting your skin from the inside out. With that in mind, we created this recipe book packed with healthy, tasty, skin-friendly recipes that will inspire you to eat well year round.
● The Mega Eczema Bundle - Everything you need to support your skin - and we mean everything. Our comprehensive bundle includes ALL of our go-to products for daily care and a healthy skin lifestyle 24/7/365.