For people living with eczema, summer can be a tricky time. The heat and humidity can trigger flare ups while perspiration and sunscreen can be irritating to the skin. So what can be done to reduce flare ups during the summer months? Here at MAC Clinical Research, we have lots of experience with skin conditions and understand the difficulties associated with living with eczema. We offer a variety of tips and advice to ease the summer flare-ups.
- We know how damaging the sun can be to skin and it can also make eczema worse. So apply a high SPD, broad spectrum sunscreen. Experiment with different sunscreen to see which suits your skin and pick one without fragrance and other irritant ingredients. Use a small amount on your arm to test before applying it to the whole of your body.
- People with eczema have dry skin and the sun can dry it even more, so use emollient at least twice a day to help this. Apply it after showering to lock in moisture and 30 minutes before your sunscreen.
- We sweat to regulate our body temperature, however, sweat contains sodium (a salt) which, for people with eczema, can be irritating, itchy and sting. To help, wear loose fitting, light clothing made of natural fabric such as cotton while drinking plenty of water will help to keep the skin hydrated and reduce irritation.
MAC Clinical Research are currently recruiting for several clinical trials to test new potential treatments for eczema. Eligible participants may be reimbursed for their time and commitment.
To find out more about our current trials including eligibility criteria, where our trials are running and to register your interest and find out more, visit our website.