Anyone who suffers from dermatitis knows that it can make life challenging. Dry, uncomfortable skin can mean that you’re reluctant to wear the clothes you really want to or just don’t ever feel that you’re in control of your skin.
But the good news is that there are some simple ways to help the management of dermatitis. The ones we’re going to suggest here are easy to follow and will bring you great results!
Let’s get the low-down on dermatitis self-care.
What is dermatitis?
Dermatitis describes a range of skin conditions. This includes contact dermatitis, which can develop temporarily if your skin comes into contact with irritating substances in laundry detergents or skincare products.
There’s also atopic dermatitis, sometimes known as eczema. This is a lifelong condition with cycles of flare-ups and being symptom-free.
What all the different types of dermatitis have in common is that they can result in dry and irritated skin, which can feel tight, uncomfortable or itchy and stop sufferers from living life to the full.
But just getting into four simple habits can help you get your dermatitis under control with little effort. Let’s find out what they are.
Habit #1: Adopt a natural skincare routine
Get into a natural skincare routine and you’ll be well on the way to successfully managing your dermatitis.
Sometimes dermatitis can be triggered by harsh chemicals found in your skincare products, so opt for a range that draws on natural ingredients that will be kind to your skin.
There are lots of substances in the plant world that are naturally soothing for inflamed skin. Extracts of aloe vera, rosehip and green tea are just a few examples.
Think of them as nature’s way of providing the soothing and nourishment your skin needs!
Habit #2: Manage stress
Many people find that their dermatitis gets worse when they are stressed out. So build relaxation into your daily routine to help reduce your stress levels and minimise the chances of another dermatitis attack.
Find a stress-busting activity that works for you. This could be yoga, meditation, art or simply walking in nature. It doesn’t really matter what the activity is but how you feel about it.
If it’s hard to find 'me time', schedule it into your diary just like any other appointment. That way you can’t make excuses!
Habit #3: Eat well
Diet is another important factor in controlling your dermatitis.
Adopt a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables for their vitamin and mineral content. Eat lots of fibre, and keep hydrated too to help your digestion. This will be reflected in your skin.
Keep a food diary to help you identify dermatitis triggers. Knowing what you’ve eaten and when can help narrow down any food you suspect to be the cause of your skin issues.
Habit #4: Hydrate from the outside in
You’re more likely to suffer from a dermatitis outbreak if you’re dehydrated because your skin will become dry, stressed and vulnerable. So make sure you are drinking enough liquids to keep you hydrated inside and out.
Aim for around 2 litres of water a day. This could be tap or bottled water or even fruit juice. Try not to consume too many sugary drinks though, as they can have an adverse effect on your health.
Tap into the power of nature
Suffering from dermatitis can mean that you’re not living life to the full. But follow our four simple habits for dermatitis self-care and you can start to see a real difference in your quality of life.
The management of dermatitis starts with habit #1, an overhaul of your skincare routine and saying no to chemicals in your skin care. It’s easy when you check out our skincare range because every product is made as nature intended, using pure and gentle plant extracts with no harsh chemicals in sight.
It’s the first step to regaining control of your skin…and your dermatitis-free life!