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How to manage eczema in the heat

Warmer weather can help improve some peoples' eczema symptoms, while others' symptoms worsen in the heat. Here are some tips to help you manage your eczema during the summer.

 

Keeping cool
  • Keep cream emollients in the fridge so they are cold to apply
  • It’s important to apply emollient frequently, in all weathers! Apply emollient around half an hour before applying sunscreen, so the sunscreen doesn’t become diluted and lose its protective properties. Greasy ointment emollient can have a ‘frying effect’ in the sun, so don't apply too much in hot weather
  • Wear loose clothing made from 100% cotton, bamboo or silk
  • Carry a small towel to wipe away any accumulation of sweat
  • Keep your bedroom cool – no more than 18 degrees, if possible. Keep curtains drawn during the day and open a window or consider using a fan overnight
  • Have a cool bath or shower before going to bed, using emollient to wash with instead of soap, and re-apply emollient after patting yourself dry with a soft towel
  • Freeze bottles of water to use as cold packs/put a towel in the freezer and place under bottom sheet of bed, for coolness overnight
  • Keep well-hydrated - drink plenty of water
 
Sunscreens

Which sunscreens are best for people with eczema? Generally speaking, ones that are:

☀️Unfragranced

☀️Mineral-based (these usually contain titanium dioxide)

☀️Broad spectrum (protect against UVA and UVB rays)

...Test a new sunscreen on a small area of skin (e.g. an area of the inner forearm) for five consecutive days before applying it more liberally, to see whether you react. For more information, see our Eczema and the Sun factsheet.

How to manage eczema in the heat...