Eczema can have such a variety of reasons and many aren’t easy to detect as we are dealing with so many factors each and every day. Flare-ups cannot always be traced to their source. This is because we don’t always get a reaction immediately. Certain chemicals or foods may effect our skin within a few hours, others may manifest a day later. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the list of things that can cause such flare-ups. That isn’t easy to do since foods such as strawberries or various nuts that may have caused no problems in the past may at present create skin rashes.
It is extremely important to be very careful about trying new products. Sensitive skin can cause some major issues with testing new products. When buying a new product it is best to a sample of it on a small piece of skin before completely using it. It will be much better to have a small patch of skin on your arm irritated than your entire face. Keep a list of items that you know you have no problem using. Some people cannot tolerate alcohol or lanolin. As you are more familiar with your skin, you will be able to find products that work best for personal care.
Topical skin products are not the only thing that can cause breakouts. Food is probably the toughest cause to pin down. Any food may cause the outbreak. It is very important to make a list of the foods eaten at the time surrounding the outbreak. Eggs, nuts and dairy are common, but various fruits may bother some. Restaurant food often has derivatives of milk, nut products and wheat in their sauces. Are you aware of the ingredients in your favorite dishes?
There are many causes of allergens; some of the most common ones are dust and pet dander. Wear long sleeves and pants while cleaning making it extremely difficult for the dust to come in contact with your skin. Be careful of being in houses with pets. If you are at a friend’s house you may need to change plans and head to a movie or a diner. Sadly, some people cannot attend holiday gatherings due to their sensitivity.