Stop Eczema Flare-Ups After Workouts
For people with eczema, physical activity can make their skin more sensitive, red, and super itchy. However, that’s no reason to skip exercise, as exercise still has many advantages. Stress can actually help your eczema because it lowers stress, and we all know that stress can trigger flare-ups. That’s why it’s advisable to stay active and keep moving. The key here is to tweak your routine so it’s kinder to your skin. Here are some of our tips:
Heat can make your eczema symptoms worse. That’s why you have to stay hydrated by drinking water. Gently patting down your skin with a cool washcloth can keep you cool as well.
Exercising nonstop is never a good thing. Split your workouts up into sections and give your body a chance to rest and cool down then start again.
Do not overdo it
Stick to less strenuous workouts and do it before 11 AM or after 5 PM when it’s cooler. During hot months, stay in a cool or air-conditioned spot indoors.
No to sweat
When you exercise, of course, you’ll perspire. But keep in mind that the salt and acidity in perspiration can make your skin dry and make your skin sting, especially if you already have existing rashes. Wipe your sweat off as you work out but do not use your shirt. Always keep a soft, dry towel to pat dry your sweat.
Wear the right clothes
Light and breathable clothes are the best for working out especially if you have eczema or other skin conditions. Light clothes can help sweat evaporate off your body and the looseness of the clothes would allow your skin to breathe. It will not rub too much on your skin as well. Cotton is actually the softest on the skin. Get clothes one size larger so they are not tight.
Beware of synthetics
There are some workout clothes that are designed to wick away sweat, but they may also be hot and rough against your skin. You can consult a dermatologist to determine the type of fabric that would work for your condition.
Wash your clothes after wearing them
Do not let them stink and fester in your gym back and then put them back on. Also, that’s just so gross.
If you’re not sure which exercise to take, the safest, and probably the best exercise if you have eczema is swimming. It keeps your skin cool while you work out. But still, you have to take some precautions. Put on some lotion before you swim, as it acts as protectant or barrier to prevent dryness. If you are outside, follow with a sunscreen. Testing the pool before jumping fully into it is also a good idea. Take a quick dip and see how your skin does, because some people have a bad reaction to chlorine and other pool chemicals.
Taking a shower after a dip in the pool is a great idea. This gets rid of your sweat, chlorine, and other irritants quickly. Just remember to cut your showers and baths short and use lukewarm, and not cold or hot water. When it comes to using soap, a gentle and non-scented cleanser should do the trick. Lastly, pat your skin dry with a soft towel. It is also advisable, especially if you have eczema, to put on your usual lotion and prescription treatments to avoid the symptoms to get worse.