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4 Habits You Should Stop Doing for Faster Eczema Relief

Mayo Clinic defines Eczema as a condition that makes the skin red and itchy. In fact, the said skin condition is common among children, but adults can have this at any age as well. 

Eczema cases may vary from patient to patient but may cause the same distress and discomfort for everyone who has it. However, some people do not even realize that they are suffering from this skin condition, which is why they just use random products to ease the itch. On the other hand, patients who are aware of having Eczema do not know the complications it may cause, so they just set aside taking necessary actions.

If you have or believe you have eczema, here are four habits to avoid doing for faster relief:

Treating All Eczema Types the Same

Simply knowing that you have it won’t be enough to help you relieve the discomfort. It helps if you take the time to identify which type of Eczema is on your skin. Kids usually suffer from the most common type, Atopic Dermatitis. It is first observed by the persistent and roughened patch of redness on their cheeks but can also occur on the skin folds, hands, and feet. The skin condition in question in kids is usually genetically obtained, where the skin has poor retention to moisture that makes it more vulnerable to aggravations. 

Many people also suffer from Spongiotic Dermatitis, which aside from patchiness and discomfort, presents with fluid buildup under the skin. It is often seen alongside eczema and other types of dermatitis.

The unique characteristics of each type of dermatitis make proper diagnosis key to treatment. It’s also what makes SmartLotion such a wonderful treatment option. We provide specialized, condition-specific instructions for every type of dermatitis to promote the best recovery. 

For example, treatment for Atopic Dermatitis often involves frequent application of SmartLotion (4 times a day for 4 weeks). Spongiotic Dermatitis, on the other hand, requires slightly less frequent application (3 times a day for 4 weeks) paired with 15 minutes of sunshine. Daily moisturizing is key for almost all types of dermatitis!

Excessive Washing

Many people believe water to be the best source of external hydration, but the truth is to the contrary. Dermatologists warn that excessive washing can cause further irritation. If you are suffering from dermatitis, it is best to avoid staying in the hot bath for long periods. Preferably, use lukewarm water and mild cleanser when taking a shower, as soaps can dehydrate your skin and cause inflammation. 

As soon as you get out of the bath, apply a moisturizer to lock in the moisture. Instead of lotions, use a cream or ointments because the greasier the moisturizer, the more oil it has, which is good for maintaining hydration. 

Using ‘Natural’ Moisturizers

Keep in mind that a skin product claiming to be all-natural and organic is not always the best option for you, especially if you have Eczema. Organic products usually contain ingredients that can be an allergen or irritant, even for sensitive skin. As such, simple, fragrance-free, and affordable products are always your best choice to apply to your skin.

Overusing Anti-aging Products

Aside from Eczema treatment, women might want to practice prevention by using beauty products. However, retinol, which is a common ingredient in anti-aging products, may cause Eczema because it dehydrates the skin. Give your skin some time to breathe by not using any products on it for a short while to help it recover its moisture. In the meantime, it is advisable to use a mild cleanser on the whole body. 

You can also pair your mild skin care products with SmartLotion, which helps to reduce your skin’s sensitivity and often improves the effectiveness of your other anti-aging products—used in moderation, of course!


Today, there are no treatments yet on how to get rid of Eczema entirely, but managing it can be as simple as keeping your skin hydrated. Imagine how a simple application of creams can help you prevent this type of skin condition. After all, we’re no longer deprived of information and technologies to help us with our inconveniences in life. 

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