Once 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.