6 Ways To Prevent Eczema

Seal in water with moisturizer. The best time to slather on moisturizer is immediately after you step out of the bath or shower. “Just blot off excess water with a towel, and liberally apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp,” says D’Anne Kleinsmith, MD, a staff dermatologist at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. This after-bath treatment helps trap the moisture that has gotten into your skin while bathing.

Go fragrance-free. “I advise patients to look for bland moisturizers that don’t have a lot of fragrance, color, or additives that could irritate skin,” says Dr. Leiferman.

Keep moisturizers handy. “Stock up on small travel-size tubes of moisturizer, and carry them around in your purse or pocket,” says Dr. Kleinsmith. “That way, every time you wash your hands, you can reapply a coat of moisturizer.”

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