Exercise and Eczema

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

Exercise is a great way to improve your general health, but if you are an eczema sufferer you might find exercise may make your eczema worse and cause flare ups.

Eczema is a skin condition characterised by dry, itchy skin. Exercise can dry out and dehydrate the skin as sweat evaporates from its surface, making eczema worse. Sweat and the chemicals within it can irritate eczematous skin and exacerbate itching, as can increases in skin temperate during

exercise.

However, just because you have eczema it shouldn’t mean that you cannot enjoy exercise!

There are things you can do to help!


1. Keep hydrated. Drinking fluids regularly; before, during and after exercise is important to keep the

body and skin hydrated and replace fluid lost through sweating.

2. Consider your clothing. Light, breathable fabrics that don’t rub or dig into the skin are probably

best.

3. If you can, control the ambient temperature to reduce the risk of overheating; think AC or fans.

You can also cooling towels or cold wraps to cool down skin during your rest periods. After your

workout avoid scorching hot showers, but stick to lukewarm temperatures or cooler to minimise

inflammation secondary to heat.

4. Moisturise. This is a key part of eczema management, and important to consider in relation to

exercise. Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised before exercise will help counteract any fluid losses and make sure you moisture after exercise, to replace moisture lost via sweat or after

showering.


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