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Summertime Skin Care Tips for Eczema

The cold, dry air of winter can often trigger eczema flares, but as many sufferers know, summer with its heat, outdoor activities, and environmental allergens comes with its own challenges, too. Fortunately, you can take steps to help decrease the misery and increase the fun.

Located in Templeton, California, Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our top-notch team at Plateroti Dermatology meld Western medicine with holistic care to meet a wide variety of dermatologic and aesthetic needs. We partner with our patients and take an integrative approach using innovative treatments for the best possible results.

Ways to avoid summer eczema flares

The heat and humidity of summer as well as other factors can wreak havoc when it comes to eczema. Follow these tips to reduce the chance of a flare up:

Stay cool and dry

Sweat can irritate the skin in areas where it is broken and aggravate eczema. Try to avoid warm temperatures as much as possible by staying in the shade or indoors with air conditioning. Loose-fitting clothes made from fabrics that breathe, such as cotton, can help as well. Keeping properly hydrated by drinking enough water can help the body from overheating.

Clothing that has become wet with sweat can also lead to skin issues. Change into a dry outfit as soon as possible, or opt for clothing made from fibers that wick sweat away from your body until you can change clothes.

Beware of chemicals

Mineral or physical sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are typically more moisturizing and better for the skin than chemical sunscreens, which can be irritating.

Chlorination from pools and salt from the ocean can also cause issues. Shower or rinse off as quickly as possible after leaving the water to protect the skin.

Practice good skin care

To combat summer's irritants, be sure to bathe or shower each day, and use a mild soap to remove accumulated sweat, dust, and bacteria. Moisturize with a product that contains ceramides, ideally within a minute of exiting the water.

Watch out for allergens

Seasonal and environmental triggers can cause problems in the warm weather, so consider using an air purifier to decrease the amount of pollen, dust, and other allergens in the air. Taking an antihistamine can also aid in reducing the effects of allergies.

See a dermatologist

A dermatologist can be a key ally in the fight against eczema. In addition to helping identify triggers that cause flares, the doctor can provide a number of treatment options, ranging from lifestyle changes to topical creams, phototherapy using short periods of exposure to UV light, immunosuppressants, and biologic medications.

If you or a loved one is suffering from eczema, click our request appointment button today, or call us at 805-434-2526 to learn how we can help.

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