Avoid eczema triggers. Getting your skin wet too often -- especially with hot water -- can be a problem. Take warm showers or baths, not hot ones. Harsh soaps and detergents can also cause outbreaks, so use long gloves for household cleaning and dish washing. Don't let water get under the gloves, and use super-mild soaps and cleaners. Better yet, let someone else do the dishes! Scratchy fabrics and sudden temperature changes can also irritate your skin.
Keep your skin from drying out by applying a hypoallergenic lotion or cream right after your bath or shower. Moisturizing while your skin is still damp will seal in the moisture -- something all girls need for gorgeous, glowing skin. Use a portable humidifier to keep the air -- and your skin -- from drying out. Keeping your skin moist will help prevent itching. This is good because scratching itchy skin is a surefire way to bring on redness. If your skin does get irritated, stop itchiness with a cold, wet washcloth.
Apply a cream or lotion if you have a flare-up. Calamine lotion or a hydrocortisone cream soothes red, itchy areas. Or go the natural route with aloe vera. Keep a low-maintenance aloe vera plant on hand so you always have the fresh stuff around, or buy the drugstore version in a tube. Aloe vera helps get rid of redness, and it moisturizes and soothes itchy, irritated skin. Or you can try calendula-based products and chaparral lotion.
Keep your skin healthy and moisturized, even at times when you're flare-up free. Take a 500-mg supplement with gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) twice daily. Black currant, borage and primrose oils all contain this skin-nourishing ingredient. It can take up to six or eight weeks to see a difference with GLA, so be patient. Your emotional health also has a big impact on eczema, so don't get too stressed. Try yoga, meditation and other de-stressing tricks for gorgeous skin and a healthy mind and body. Soon, you'll be trading those red, hot spots for a red-hot you!