5 tips for a comfortable summer

We know managing eczema can be a challenge year-round, but for some, the summer poses additional challenges between the heat, wearing sunscreen, and trying to stay comfortable. ESC offers 5 tips that might help keep you cool and comfortable this summer.

1) Skin care check in
With the warmer weather upon us, it may be time to check your moisturizer and see if it’s still a fit for summer. Some patients tell us that their go-to ointment that saves their skin in the winter months gets swapped for a lighter cream or even lotion.

2) Stay cool!
While we all try and stay cool and comfortable during hot days, avoiding the heat and the strong sun of the day may be especially important for eczema sufferers who have flares triggered by heat and sweating.

3) Showers
While appropriate bathing and moisturizing is the cornerstone of eczema management, taking a cool shower after time in the hot weather or the sun can help to relieve the itch associated with a flare up due to the heat.

4) Remember sun protection
Sunscreens can be uncomfortable for eczema sufferers, but sun protection is always important. Paediatrician Dr. Elena Pope has given guidance to ESC, recommending people use shade and protective clothing, including hats, whenever possible. Dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Rosen suggests looking for for sunscreens which are physical blocks, as they may be less irritant than chemical filter sunscreens.

5) Keep stress at bay
According to a recent ESC survey 73% of adults with eczema identify stress as their leading trigger for their itch. Registered psychologist Dr. Shawn Reynolds recommends people seek out daily relaxation techniques that works for you – such as exercise, cooking, prayer, meditation, walking, or painting. If you feel stress is contributing to your flares, speak with your doctor. They may be able to suggest relaxation techniques or adjust your treatment plan to help improve eczema management.

While these tips may be helpful, it’s important to remember that often despite careful trigger avoidance, our eczema can flare unpredictably. If you are struggling with eczema this summer, visit your doctor or dermatologist as they are your best resource to finding a treatment plan that is right for you.