I've partnered with EpiCeram? to share ways to fight dry skin this fall. As always, opinions are my own.
Dry skin is a common occurrence for many people, especially when the cooler fall weather starts to hit. But did you know that your dry skin could actually be eczema and it is more common that you might think? In fact, eczema is one of the most commonly seen skin conditions and it affects 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 5 children. Signs of eczema include severely dry and sensitive skin; intense itching; red or inflamed skin; scaly areas; blisters, peeling or weeping areas; recurring rashes on the folds of the arms, legs, face or neck.
Unfortunately, in addition to all of that, eczema affects kids and adults emotionally too. It can be a real killer of confidence and 60% of adults say their confidence is affected by eczema. The constant itching often disrupts sleep, which can be emotionally draining. But, luckily there are things to help!
4 Ways to Fight Dry Skin This Fall
- Skip the hot shower: ?In eczema, skin is already depleted of its protective, natural lipids, so the last thing it needs is to extract additional moisturizing lipids with hot water and soap,? says Peter M. Elias, M.D., Professor of Dermatology at the University of California San Francisco. So, keep your showers short (10-15 minutes) and warm.
- Soak & smear: After bathing, pat yourself partially dry, and promptly smear onan emollient or barrier repair product to seal in the moisture.
- Sweater weather solutions: Before you bundle up, be mindful of how you wash your sweaters and gloves. Wash any new fabrics before wearing and avoid dyes, fragrances and harsh detergents. Look for ?free and clear? on the label and plant-based ingredients that are gentler on skin and try liquid products, as they tend to leave fewer residues than powders.
- Know when to contact a physician: When home remedies and over-the-counter products don?t seem to help, it may be time to consult a specialist. Ask your doctor about skin barrier repair products, such as EpiCeram?. This prescription formula contains three essential lipids (ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids) in a balanced ratio which mimics the lipid concentration found in the skin.
So if you're silently suffering and living in agony some days, perhaps EriCeram can help to provide you some relief. You don't have to feel powerless and you most definitely don't need to be embarrassed because you are absolutely not alone! I hope that helps to put your mind at ease, even if just a little bit.
EpiCeram? is only available by prescription. ?Please consult your physician to find out how it can help manage your eczema.
For full prescribing information go to epiceram-us.com/prescribing-information