Heat and perspiration produced during a physical workout can cause eczema to flare up. But this does not mean that you can’t exercise – just that you need to take a few extra precautions to prevent your exercise routine negatively impacting eczema.
- Keep Cool
There is nothing quite like heat to aggravate eczema. Use a misting spray bottle to cool and moisten the skin, especially in areas that are prone to eczema. A light spray throughout your workout routine will keep your skin fresh and prevent the need for perspiration, helping to reduce eczema flare-ups.
- Interval Training
Opt for training routines that allow you to take plenty of breaks during your workout. Taking a break will enable you to slow down your respiration and heart rate giving your body and skin the chance to cool down, decreasing the likelihood of a flare-up.
Hydration is absolutely critical during any workout and is even more essential for eczema sufferers. It is recommended to drink at least 20 ounces of water about 2 hours before working out and then another 8 ounces for every 20 minutes of exercise. Re-hydrate with another 8 ounces of water at least 30 minutes after your workout once the body has cooled down. Keep a refillable water bottle handy and sip throughout your workout rather than downing the required amount at the recommended intervals.
- Climate Control
If you are exercising outdoors, early mornings and evenings when it is cooler are more suitable. For scorching and sunny days, avoid exercise or workout indoors in an air-conditioned environment. If you simply must exercise when it is warm, avoid rigorous training, and prevent overheating.
- Dry Towel
Use a clean, dry towel to wipe away perspiration or sweat on your skin. Gently dab at the moisture allowing the towel to absorb it rather than rubbing it dry. Remember to use laundry detergent and softener that will not irritate your skin when washing your workout towels. If you perspire while exercising, you may want to keep two or even three dry towels handy.
- Training Attire
Invest in lightweight, breathable training gear. This will help keep you fresh while working out and allow perspiration to be absorbed easily instead of soaking the skin. Try to avoid synthetic materials and opt for cotton that is super absorbent. Remember to wash your training clothes after every workout with a laundry detergent that does not irritate your skin. Allow your clothes to dry properly before wearing them.
Shower immediately after your workout and wash away sweat and bacteria that have accumulated on your skin. Keep in mind that sweat attracts bacteria and other microorganisms that will irritate the skin and cause an eczema flare-up. Use soap or body wash that is suitable for eczema and moisturize with an appropriate moisturizer or prescription cream after showering when the skin has cooled down. Moisturizing is an eczema natural remedy that will help avoid the skin from getting dry.
Stay cool, calm, and take some extra care before, during, and after exercise, and you should be able to avoid eczema after a physical workout.