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  • Writer's pictureJENNIFER JONES

5 Common Mistakes People with Eczema Make

Living with eczema is a reality that over 31 million Americans struggle with every day. It is a condition that affects all ethnicities, ages and gender's quality of life. While there are 7 different types of eczema the common mistakes are universal.

1. Using Harsh Soaps and Cleansers: Using products that contain harsh chemicals or fragrances can not only be the cause of your eczema but further irritate eczema-prone skin. It’s important to choose gentle, fragrance-free cleansers. Reading labels is essential to the healing and wellness of your skin and overall body functions. Some products have toxins that can cause additional issues.

2. Over Washing the Skin: Excessive washing can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin barrier. It is particularly difficult to limit washing your hands, so having the proper moisturizer applied immediately after washing is critical to keeping hand eczema under control. Limit bathing or showering to once a day and using lukewarm water can help the other areas of your body from flaring up. Applying the proper moisturizer immediately after your bath or shower will decrease your irritation.

3. Not Moisturizing Adequately: Failing to moisturize regularly is a common mistake. Using a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer helps keep the skin hydrated and prevents dryness. Some of the most common eczema relief brands have alcohol in them which also perpetuates dryness so read the labels and avoid moisturizers with drying agents in them. If you have an all natural alternative to the products with chemicals you will find quicker and longer lasting results.

4. Scratching the Itchy Skin: Scratching can worsen eczema and lead to infection. It’s important to resist the urge to scratch. Keep your nails clean and short to minimize damage if you do scratch. Applying your moisturizer when your affected area is feeling dry but before it starts to itch or when you become aware of it throughout the day can help to avoid more skin damage.

5. Using Inappropriate Topical Treatments: Some people with eczema use over-the-counter creams or ointments that may not be suitable for their specific condition. Consulting a dermatologist for the right diagnosis, prescription or treatment is crucial. Many Cocobuttery customers have taken our products to their dermatologist to confirm their ability to use our products and every one has come back with a resounding YES!

It’s important to remember that eczema varies from person to person, so what works for one individual may not work for another. Consulting a dermatologist for a personalized skincare plan is often the best approach. Ask your dermatologist if Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil are right for you and your specific diagnosis. If the answer is yes, then start with our Classic Body Butter which was curated specifically for eczema relief on an infant who is now a grown woman still using it as her daily moisturizer. Your HSA or FSA card is accepted for your topical Cocobuttery treatment. Get your chemical free, toxin free, eczema relief today.

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