Figure peeling snake skin off of her legs to reveal smooth skin underneath

The Power in Exfoliating

There are so many moments when my eczema looks like a peeling snake's skin. There is dead skin everywhere, with some that have fallen off and others that appear as though they are hanging for their dear life.

Instead of trying to peel every piece dead skin off one-by-one (because I can't stand the sight of it), I’ve decided that the process of exfoliation may just be easier, safer, and healthier for my skin.

What is exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. It not only improves the appearance of the skin overall, but it also makes room for new, healthy skin cells to grow in.

Disclaimer: Exfoliation is not for everyone. If not done correctly, it can cause more harm than good.

Exfoliating scrub

There are plenty of already-made scrubs that are available to you over-the-counter. Be sure to carefully read the ingredients of these products as they may contain chemicals that can exasperate your eczema.

Homemade exfoliating scrub

I personally enjoy making my own at-home scrub. For me, brown sugar is a great exfoliator as the particles are smaller and is gentler and smoother on the skin. I like to take a bowl and mix my brown sugar with some type of oil – coconut, vitamin E, olive, or avocado oil. Sometimes, I’ll even add raw and organic honey for its antioxidant properties. This creates the ultimate exfoliator and hydrator for my skin.

Exfoliating tools

There are multiple ways to exfoliate your skin. I personally like to use a washcloth, while others may use a brush or a mechanical exfoliation tool. Depending on your skin type, the tool you use can vary between a gentle to an aggressive type of exfoliation.

How to exfoliate with eczema

I prefer a gentler method in exfoliating my skin. This keeps me on the safe side of ensuring I don't irritate my skin any further than it already is. Here's my exfoliating routine I do at least once a week:

  1. Clean the area of your skin with water (feel free to add soap if preferred).
  2. Apply the product gently using small, circular motions for about 30 seconds.
  3. Rinse off area with lukewarm water.
  4. Apply moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep skin healthy and hydrated.

Again, be mindful of over-exfoliating the skin as this could worsen your eczema.

If you are unsure of your skin type and which exfoliation method best suits you, see your doctor or dermatologist for more information.

To read more about exfoliating with eczema, read about Shawntel's experience after exfoliating here.

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