7 Tips for Preventing Flares with Atopic Dermatitis

We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This certainly applies when dealing with any type of skin condition. If your skin is at risk of flaring up with hot spots, rashy, oozing, or scaliness – try thinking ahead in order to avoid a full-blown flare. Most flares can be easily managed if you catch it early. An out of control flare can sometimes lead to infection. In that case, you need the advice of a dermatologist to help choose which treatment options can help.

Flare prevention tips!


Life is always easier if there are routines in place. When you make skin care a habit, it will give you plenty of benefits. One of them is that you might have less frequent flares.


By keeping your skin supple and soft, you can avoid dryness and cracking. Apply a light moisturizer with every hand washing. Keep a travel size with you. You can always use a heavier cream at night.


It’s great to have a pair of soft cotton gloves to put on after applying moisture at bedtime. They can also be used protect your skin while doing outdoor chores. No matter what the weather, gloves provide a defense against the elements.


Many times, we get in a hurry and scrub our skin too hard. Using perfumed or harsh soaps can aggravate tender skin. Be sure and use a soft sponge or cloth. There is usually no need to scrub hard. (unless you’ve gotten yourself into a sticky dirty mess) Instead, soak and allow the soil to loosen up.


Sometimes food allergies can create a flare-up. It may be that your body doesn’t like nuts or dairy. Not only can it affect your tummy, but it can also have outward symptoms on your skin. Most food manufacturers and restaurants have guidelines in place to prevent contamination of food. This helps those who have allergic reactions to foods such as soy or wheat to make better dietary choices.


It is amazing how many toxins we come across daily. If you have to put fuel in your car, keep glove handy. When handling dishes or laundry, be sure you’ve chosen the one with the fewest chemicals.


It goes without saying, you need to have a good relationship with a skin care specialist. After an initial evaluation, you may be prescribed medications, injections, or creams. An annual visit for maintenance is a good thing. This ensures that if you do have trouble with a flare, you can get in quickly for a checkup.

By being prepared, you might just save yourself from having a flare. We are big on routines at our place. It’s funny how everyone in the family knows the drill. My grandma had skin conditions and kind of passed down her wisdom. Even after she passed her tips for preventing flares with atopic dermatitis are still working for us!

There are oodles and gobs of rewards for having rituals!

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