Treat Your Eczema at Home

EczemaOnce upon a time, there was a little girl in kindergarten. When she would sit on the rug during story time, her legs would itch so terribly. No matter how hard she scratched, nothing would help. Finally, her mother took her to the doctor, where she found out that she had eczema. Her doctor gave her a special soap, which she still uses to this day.

If you find yourself like this little girl, scratching your dry skin to no avail, you might have eczema. There are many different ways you can help treat your eczema from your home. These tips can also help with dry skin, even if it is not a chronic fabric.

Keep Your Skin Moist
Obviously the key to treating dry skin is keeping it moisturized. Make sure to use a moisturizer every day—especially if it’s one your doctor has given you. Often the doctor will also give you a hydrocortisone cream and anti-itching lotion. Use the moisturizer immediately after you wash, as this helps to trap the moisture in your skin. When you are washing yourself, make sure that the water is warm, not hot.

Even though you might think otherwise because of the steam, hot water and steam actually dries out your skin. Similarly, avoid activities that make you sweat excessively. If the weather is dry or extremely cold, use a humidifier to help keep the air a little more moist.

Avoid Outside Irritants
Once you’ve had eczema for a while, you will learn what triggers it and what irritates your skin. Avoid those irritants. This includes wearing soft and loose fabrics, like cotton. When using a towel, pat dry, because rubbing is too rough. Try to avoid scratching, but keep your nails short so that if you do scratch it does not break the skin.

Although eczema is hard to cure, it is very easy to treat. Whether you treat it on your own or discuss it in depth with your dermatologist, you will figure out the ins and outs of how to personally treat your skin condition.

How to Prepare for Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair RemovalDon’t you get sick of having to remove unwanted hair by shaving, waxing, and plucking week in and week out? The solution is laser hair removal. This cosmetic treatment has grown more and more popular because of its enduring results.

Once you choose an experienced provider, here’s how you can prepare for your upcoming procedure.

  1. Say no to tanning.
    Tanning should be avoided for at least one month before your laser hair removal procedure. It is also best to apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 in case you need to go outdoors. Do so especially in areas where hair is to be removed. Why? The laser works more effectively where there is good contrast between the hair color and the skin color; darker skin makes it harder to differentiate between the hair and the skin.
  2. Say goodbye to waxing.
    Four weeks before undergoing a laser hair removal treatment, do not wax or even pluck those unwanted hairs. Also avoid bleaching the hair before the procedure, as these can impact the effectiveness of the treatment. Why? First, the laser will heat the hair follicles, making them close down and eventually stop producing hair. So, if you pull out hair by the roots, the laser can’t target the follicle. Second, the laser finds dark hair better than light-colored hair. You can still shave, however, because shaving doesn’t affect the roots.
  3. Shave the area to be treated.
    A day or two before your treatment, you may be asked to shave the area you wish to be treated. This is to avoid having painful sensations during the procedure.

Get the flawless skin you’ve always wanted with laser hair removal. Call us today at 541-330-0900 to schedule your appointment at Deschutes Dermatology Center.