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Managing eczema, whether it’s your own red and itchy skin or that of your child or loved one, can seem a never-ending process and quite frankly, a miserable experience. Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, what does COVID-19 mean for eczema sufferers?

Here in the UK, there are many different ways that COVID-19 is affecting those with eczema. These include: the medical advice to avoid touching your face, the current law requiring face coverings to be worn in certain places and for some eczema patients, the use of medication that suppresses the immune system.

Face Touching

Following the advice to avoid touching your face has proven rather difficult for the majority of people, not only for those suffering from facial eczema. If anything, since the pandemic arose, many have realised just how frequently they touch their face. The reasons for doing this often differ from person to person and this can occur as a result of skin conditions as well as both instinctive and psychological behaviours.

For parents, it can prove impractical to even attempt to enforce the instruction of no face touching. Avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth is important because they are known to be common routes for the COVID-19 virus to enter the body after contact from the hands which is why, as ever, good hand hygiene is essential.

Regular hand and face washing with a gentle skin wash, like those found in NewGenne’s chemically compatible product range, is a great way to maintain optimal hygiene. NewGenne’s non-solvent hand sanitiser (Foam Hand Rub) offers an effective quick-fix solution for when you’re out and about.

Also included within NewGenne’s extensive selection of products is a gentle emollient that will soothe and moisturise skin that is prone to drying out after washing and this is ideal for individuals with eczema.

Face Coverings

For those with active eczema on their face, a covering or mask could certainly irritate the skin that it is both covering and in contact with. This irritation will typically worsen the symptoms of eczema and those with sensitive and eczema-prone skin should explore all the different face covering options that are available. You can read our recent blog on this topic here.

Face masks are worn to filter and protect and it is vital that, during this trying time, we are all doing our bit to keep each other safe.

Eczema: Do Something Different This Winter

For those managing eczema, in the event of a flare-up – whether triggered by the use of a face mask or something else entirely, what is your instinctive reaction? Do you apply products to the inflamed skin? Are these products that you have been advised to use to manage eczema?

Do something different this winter and learn to explain eczema with EXeczema®’s 7-step digital learning programme, Explain Eczema.

Once you can explain eczema yourself, you will be able to take active steps to end the misery.

Contact our team at EXeczema® for further information and with any questions you may have.