Human beings are full of all kinds of habits, while some may be doing you good, several of them may be favoring your eczema bites, worsening the symptoms that already exist on your skin.
Here are 5 common habits that most people do but don’t know or don’t realize are giving them extra itchiness that they have no idea where they come from.
1. Prolonged time under water
The longer you stay underwater, the more natural oils from your body will leak out, and as soon as you get out of that place, your skin will have very little moisture.
Prolonged activity underwater means that you should not:
– Go swimming in pools or beaches
– There are no spas, relaxation pools … etc.
– No long baths or showers
– Water sports and activities are not allowed
2. High intensity physical activities
High intensity sports and events are a big problem because you sweat like rain.
The problem is that when you sweat too much, the existing sweat on your skin traps the pores of the skin, which irritates the tissues, since at the same time, the new sweat is trying to get out but cannot, so the glands sweats are being clogged.
That essentially means it stings until you unlock it.
3. Shower the wrong way
First, as mentioned above, do not take a bath because it will drain too many oils and moisture from your skin.
By the same token, never shower for more than 10 minutes maximum.
And never shower with hot water, no matter how cold the temperature is, just shower with the coldest water possible. If you really can’t adjust at first, go lukewarm.
4. Psychosocial stress
Stress plays a huge role in itching, it has been clinically researched and shown that the more stressed a person is, the weaker the skin’s protective barrier becomes and that means more itch.
There are numerous methods to relieve stress, the simple and effective trick that I personally use is deep breathing.
- Close your eyes and forget about what is happening.
- Inhale slowly through your nose and expand your intestine.
- Breathe in as much as you can hold so you can feel your lungs expand.
- Hold your breath for 3 seconds.
- Breathe out through your mouth slowly and close your bowel.
- Repeat 3-5 times as needed.
This really works and is convenient.
5. Amount of sleep
Sleep also has a direct correlation with the itchiness of eczema – the more sleep deprived you are, the worse your skin will get.
Try hypnosis, acupressure, or massage to help you relax and improve your quality of sleep.
And make sure you sleep on time every day, for example at 11pm and get up 8-9 hours later depending on your age sleep requirements.
Written by Harrison Li