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Why does spring weather cause eczema flare ups?

Springtime brings warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and for many eczema sufferers, frustrating flare-ups. But why does this seasonal change trigger eczema, and what can you do about it?

Why Spring Weather Causes Eczema Flare-Ups:

  • Dry Air: Humidity often decreases as the weather becomes warmer. The symptoms of eczema might worsen in dry air because it removes the skin’s natural oils, making the skin dry and itchy.
  • Allergens: Eczema is a springtime allergy trigger due to the increased allergens and pollen counts. Allergic reactions, which cause inflammation, may make eczema symptoms worse.
  • Sudden Changes in Temperature: Spring weather can be unpredictable, with fluctuations between warm and cold temperatures. These sudden changes can stress the skin, leading to flare-ups in eczema-prone individuals.
  • Increased Sun Exposure: Sunlight has anti-inflammatory and vitamin D-boosting properties that may aid some eczema sufferers, but too much sun might cause flare-ups for others.

What Can You Do About It:

  • Moisturize Regularly: Apply moisturizer often, but notably after you wash your face or shower, to keep your skin from drying out. If your skin is dry and sensitive, try using a thick, fragrance-free emollient or moisturizer to seal in moisture.
  • Avoid triggers: Keep an eye out for triggers and do your best to steer clear of them. Things like pollen, strong detergents or soaps, and unexpected temperature fluctuations could fall under this category.
  • Stay Hydrated: The best way to moisturize your skin from the inside out is to drink plenty of water. Staying properly hydrated is key to keeping your skin’s protective barrier working and, by extension, lessening the intensity of eczema flare-ups.
  • Protect Your Skin: Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and hats, to shield your skin from the sun and potential allergens. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and broad-spectrum protection to prevent sunburn and further irritation.
  • Use Gentle Skincare Products: When caring for sensitive skin, use mild, fragrance-free skincare products. It is important to stay away from items that contain irritating or harsh ingredients if you suffer from eczema. 
  • Manage Stress: Because stress may amplify eczema symptoms, it is important to discover healthy methods to control stress. Try some relaxation practices like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.
  • Consult a Dermatologist: If your eczema symptoms don’t go away or get worse despite taking care of them yourself, see a dermatologist for personalized treatment advice.

You may lessen the severity of seasonal changes’ effects on your eczema and feel more at ease enjoying springtime’s beauty if you know what causes flare-ups in the first place and take preventative measures to protect and nourish your skin.