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Handy Tips for Controlling Hand Eczema

What is Hand Eczema? 

Hand eczema is a very common and very annoying type of eczema that results in itchy, red, and dry hands. Although it is most common in kids, adults can get it too. Those working in jobs with frequent water contact are in higher risk of getting hand eczema. Examples of these occupations include cleaners, nurses, dentists, beauticians and construction workers.  

So How Can You Control Hand Eczema Flare Ups? 

In many cases, the exact triggers of hand eczema are difficult to identify, however there are a number of common triggers: 

Frequent Water Contact 

Constant exposure to water can break the skin’s protective barrier and reduce the skin’s natural oils, resulting in dryness. 
Tip: wear gloves to protect your hands! Avoid contact with irritants as much as possible by wearing gloves (if possible) day and night. By wearing gloves at home overGrahams Natural Intensive Repair Hand Cream, your skin will be able to lock in the moisture and heal faster. 
Also! Try and use warm (or preferably cold) water instead of hot water to reduce the amount of damage on your skin’s protective layer. 
Exposure to Allergens or Irritants 
Hand eczema can often become worsened by exposure to irritating substances, such as bleach, shampoos, soups, cleansers or alcohol. 
Tip: To understand flare ups, one of the first things you should do is visit an allergist to figure out what is causing or exasperating your flare ups. Then, you need to cut this out as much as possible. If you find yourself flaring up from everyday skin, body and hair products like creams, shampoos and shower gel, your best bet is to look at natural alternatives. After all, if your products have a massive ingredient list with words you can’t pronounce… you shouldn’t be using it on yourself. This includes avoiding perfumes and dyes, often found in skin products, soaps, and detergents.
Grahams Natural is a great example of a natural formula product with few ingredients, specially formulated to assist in the management of eczema.
For hand eczema, we recommend:
The Limited Edition Eczema Pack - This is the best-selling go-to eczema pack for those plagued by red, oozing, angry-looking eczema.This bundle includes our best-selling eczema cream, Body and Bath Oil, Cleansing Bar and Mega Oil - relieving you from the symptoms of eczema both internally and externally. 
Intensive Repair Hand Cream - Your dry, flaky, and itchy hands will LOVE this hand cream, designed to quickly soothe the skin and remove redness. 
If changing your everyday protects doesn’t reduce your flare ups, it’s time to look at what you’re putting inside your body, by conducting an elimination test to get to the source of your flare up. This is done by removing certain foods from your diet to determine what is causing the harm. 
There’s a common myth that eczema is caused by stress. This is false. However! The hormones produced with stress can trigger an eczema flare up. 
Tip: Exercise stress management. Try to get a better night's sleep and include stress-relieving activities into your day such as going for a walk (with sunscreen!), taking yoga lessons, catching up with a friend or reading everyday. We know this can be difficult if you have a busy lifestyle, but something as little as reading a book for 20 minutes a day will help improve your mental state. 
Sweating can irritate the skin and make your itching worse! As the sweat on your body evaporates, the skin dries out and is left with a salty residue that irritates and brings on the dreaded itch. 
Tip: Let your skin cool down! Take regular breaks throughout exercise to rest and rehydrate if you feel your skin is beginning to flare up. And keep a towel with you when you’re exercising. Try and drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout to replace the water lost when sweating and keep your skin hydrated. 
We get it… there’s nothing quite as satisfying as having a steamy hot shower to relax your muscles after exercising. However, it’s important to resist the temptation, and have a cold or lukewarm shower instead. Your gym may provide you with shower gels and other products but use your own products instead, and make sure it’s gentle, natural and made for eczema skin. 
The Intensive Therapy Wash by Grahams Natural is a great addition to your gym bag as its a two-in-one shampoo and body wash, that is made from a soap and SLS free formula, gentle on the skin, made from 7 natural plant extracts and suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin. Also! It’s super important to moisturise before and after your shower too.The Therapeutic Skin Care Pack is perfect for this.