Eczema can be an extremely irritating condition to deal with. In the course of dealing with it, many look for a variety of solutions to alleviate the discomfort. At Affiliated Dermatology®, we’ve had many patients who tried exfoliating to keep their eczema at bay. Others want to know if exfoliation can be a regular part of their skincare routine like it is for those without eczema. In this post, we’ll answer that question.

What is Eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that results in inflamed and itchy patches of skin. The exact cause of the condition isn’t known, but it’s believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It’s characterized by extremely itchy skin that often becomes thickened and scaly while turning a reddish color.

Challenges with Exfoliating Eczema-Prone Skin

Given that exfoliating is all about removing dead skin cells, it may seem like a natural solution to the scaling caused by eczema. But this skincare routine used regularly by many becomes a different story with eczema-prone skin. Here are some factors to consider:

Alternative Treatments for Eczema

For most people, exfoliation isn’t the miracle relief they were looking for. Thankfully, there are several ways to reduce the discomfort of eczema with little to no risk of making the problem worse.

Some of these things work better than others. What works and what doesn’t depends a lot on the individual in question. Often, we have patients who thought they were managing their eczema well, only to see how much better things could be after they came to see us. If you have eczema, it pays to get a medical professional from Affiliated Dermatology® to look at it and discuss your options with you.

Get the Treatment You Deserve for Your Eczema

Affiliated Dermatology® has helped countless patients free themselves from the troubles of persistent eczema. Our treatments include over-the-counter and prescription medication options, as well as some simple lifestyle changes that can reduce your eczema symptoms. To learn more about how we can help or to book an appointment, contact us today.

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