Eczema is a common condition this time of year, the cold and windy weather can make our skin dry up, leaving it feeling dry and cracked. However, it’s not just environmental triggers that can set off eczema. It can also flare up in response to stress, immune system dysfunction, and even when certain materials are worn next to the skin (such as synthetic fabrics).

If you aren’t sure what sparks your eczema outbreaks, here’s a look at just some of the triggers of eczema;

🧼Irritants such as soaps or detergents, including shampoo, washing-up liquid or even some moisturisers.
❄️Environmental factors such as cold and dry weather, or even more specific things like house dust mites, pet fur and pollen.
🥜Food allergens such as allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts or wheat.
🤰Hormonal changes can also affect your eczema flare-ups, some woman may find their eczema gets worse in the days before their period or during pregnancy.
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦Even genetics can play a part, with research showing children who have 1 or both parents with atopic eczema, or who have other siblings with eczema, are more likely to develop it themselves.

Looking at the list of eczema triggers, it doesn’t have to be a long road of a ‘process of elimination’ to find the cause. Working with me can provide you with treatments that help to look at the underlining causes, to improve gut health, regulate your immune system and reduce your reactivity.🌿