Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or acne can drastically reduce your quality of life by causing dry, itchy, inflamed, irritated, or splotchy skin that can be uncomfortable, unsightly, or just embarrassing for sufferers.
Once these conditions stop, they leave your skin in a state of disrepair, whether it’s dry or inflamed, or irritated from scratching. There are a variety of ways to help heal your skin after the flare up of a recurring skin disorder.
Keep your skin clean and dressed
Cleanliness is one of the most important parts of the skin healing process – without keeping your damaged skin clean, any open wounds or abrasions can become infected. An infected skin wound can create more irritation and inflammation on the area in question, so it’s important that you avoid infection whenever possible. Washing the affected area with disinfectant soap and water will ensure that any harmful bacteria in the wound is washed away. Remember to wash your hands before cleaning your wound, otherwise you run the risk of transferring bacteria from your hands to your wound and vice versa.
It’s recommended that minor skin wounds be washed and kept dry for up to five days – keeping it wrapped up or covered with a bandage can help you keep it dry and safe from infection. If your wounds require dressing, it’s important to change your bandages regularly and apply topical antibiotics or ointments where possible – taking these steps will help to heal your skin faster, and prevent infection.
Moisturise your skin
Dry skin is a problem that is closely associated with a variety of skin conditions, and can stick around for long after your flare up has ended. Dry skin can be itchy and uncomfortable, causing you to scratch for relief and continuing the cycle of having to deal with flare-ups. Moisturising your skin regularly will help to treat any remaining dry skin leftover from your flare up, and will help you to avoid any wounds caused by persistent scratching. Following a moisturising regimen will ensure that your skin is properly moisturised – maintaining a routine can help you in any skin care situation, whether you’re treating wounds or a regular skin condition. Avoiding hot baths or showers is a good way to keep your skin moisturised, as applying hot water for long periods of time to affected areas may dry it out or further irritate your skin.
Avoid stress and scratching
As with the treatment and recovery of many conditions, it’s important that you avoid stressors while recovering. Even minor wounds and flare-ups can be exacerbated by periods of high stress, as this may cause you to scratch or forget about your recovery routines. Stress may also work to make your skin less healthy overall, so knowing your stressors and avoiding them whenever possible is a good rule of thumb. Stress can be avoided through activities like exercise and taking part in hobbies you enjoy, as well as practicing mindfulness techniques. Avoiding scratching is one of the most important things to remember when healing skin after a wound or flare up – while it may seem like a good idea to alleviate annoying itches, it will only serve to irritate and inflame your skin more than it already is. Wearing gloves on your hands while sleeping is a good way to avoid scratching, as is keeping your affected skin covered up or occupying your hands.
There are many ways to heal your skin after the flare up of a chronic condition or a wound related to your skin condition. Some of the most important wound and skin care tips include regularly cleaning, treating, and dressing your affected areas, keeping your skin moisturized, avoiding stress and not scratching – no matter how tempting it may seen. By following these tips, your skin will heal and look bright and healthy again before you know it.
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