Managing Eczema in the Summer Months

Eczema, often known in the medical community as atopic dermatitis, is a dermatological condition that lasts for an extended period and affects a large number of people all over the world. Even though eczema can express itself in various ways depending on the person, some of the most frequent symptoms include itching, dryness, and skin inflammation.

Managing eczema can be challenging, particularly during the summer months, which are marked by higher temperatures and humidity and heightened susceptibility to various triggers. These factors can all contribute to worsening symptoms, making it more challenging to treat the condition. Luckily, we have several recommendations and methods that can be utilized to treat eczema symptoms throughout the summer season effectively.

Hydration is Key

Maintaining adequate hydration is paramount in preserving optimal skin health, especially in individuals affected by eczema. The consumption of sufficient water facilitates the maintenance of skin hydration. Furthermore, it is essential to use a moisturizer containing ceramides, as they play a crucial role in restoring the skin’s inherent barrier function and preventing moisture depletion.

Applying moisturizer immediately after showering or bathing can effectively help retain and preserve moisture within the skin.

Clothing Options

When considering clothing options, choose loose-fitting garments made from lightweight materials that facilitate proper ventilation and allow the skin to breathe. Select smooth and breathable fabrics, such as cotton or bamboo, as they can minimize irritation and mitigate excessive perspiration. You’ll also want to refrain from using synthetic textiles, such as polyester or nylon, as they can impede the dissipation of heat and moisture and potentially exacerbate your symptoms.

Sun Protection

It is also imperative to safeguard your skin from the sun, as exposure can potentially exacerbate your eczema. It is recommended to utilize sunscreen with a broad-spectrum formulation with an SPF of 30 or greater. You may also want to consider covering the portions of your skin affected by eczema with clothing so the sun doesn’t come in direct contact with it. At Biltmore Dermatology, we offer Alastin Skincare, Skinbetter Science, and ZO Skin Health products that will help you protect your skin. You can also utilize wide-brimmed headwear and lightweight, breathable garments as protective measures against excessive sun exposure.

Sweat Management

Profuse perspiration can intensify eczema and irritate it quite a bit. Finding ways to manage how much you’re sweating can help keep your eczema from getting worse is crucial. Consider cool showers or baths after physical exertion to get rid of the sweat and cool yourself down.

Additionally, when removing sweat, try to gently pat it away instead of rubbing it. Excess friction may feel good on your eczema for the moment, but it can irritate it even more in the long run.

The moisture lost during perspiration can be restored by applying a non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic moisturizer in a thin layer.

Schedule a Consultation

Identifying and avoiding eczema triggers play a crucial role in the management of the skin condition. If you’d like to learn more about how to manage and treat your eczema, our team at Biltmore Dermatology is more than happy to help. While there is no cure for eczema, our team can help you stop it from controlling your life.

To schedule a consultation today, call our Terre Haute, IN office at (812) 994-1404 or use our online scheduling tool. You can also Walk In Now and be seen that very same day.


Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.

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