Summer, Swimming, and Itchy Skin
Summer, Swimming, and Itchy Skin Headed out to the pool? Don’t let your eczema (or your child’s) get in the way of some summer fun! Here are some helpful tips adapted from the National Eczema Association to consider before hopping in and out of the water!
- Eczema is a condition that varies depending on the individual, and therefore reactions to different conditions, such as water temperature and chlorine level, may differ. Through trial and error you can determine what works best for your skin, but these tips are a good place to start to help care for your summer skin.
- Pre-hydrate skin before applying sunscreen to lock in the moisture. Try TruKid Easy Eczema Cream, certified by the National Eczema Association to help moisturize and soothe skin by pre-hydrating the skin.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes after using moisturizing cream so that the sunscreen may work to its full capacity without interference from the cream.
- If you are still concerned about you or your child’s condition, we always recommend a swim shirt or longer swim trunks to further protect typically affected or irritated areas, such as the backs of the knees or the elbows.
- If you are new to a pool, swim for a shorter amount of time and see how the chlorine levels make your skin feel or react before staying in for a longer swim.
- After hopping out, rinse off, wash off if you can, and apply more moisturizer than usual to avoid further dryness, itching, or irritation. Eczema prone skin looses hydration faster than typical skin, so moisturizing more often helps. TruKd Easy Eczema Cream is perfect for this crucial moisturizing layer.
- Don’t forget to always reapply! If you swim for more than 40 minutes, make sure to hop out and reapply both cream (TruKid Easy Eczema Cream) and sunscreen (TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen). Sunscreen is only effective for 40 minutes after use, so reapplying is critically important!