By Laura deCarufel
ECZEMA: Although eczema usually improves in the summer, some people find they break out more because of the heat, and perspiration. Plan activities for early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the hottest hours. Central air conditioning can help, as can applying sun protection that includes the active ingredient titanium dioxide.
Try: Neutrogena SPF 30 Titanium Dioxide Sunscreen
ROSACEA: A good sunblock is essential for those with rosacea, but finding a non-irritating one can be tough. While titanium dioxide sunblock is great for the body, it’s generally too thick and white to be used on the face. Look for products that are light, fragrance-free
and high in SPF.
Try: La Roche-Posay Anthélios Lait SPF 45
RAZOR BURN: Blocked hairs are the cause of razor burn, or pseudofolliculitis barbae.
To loosen them, use an old-fashioned lather brush to apply shaving gel. Stick with a double blade, rather than a triple or quadruple – the closer the shave, the worse the bumps. Shave only in the direction the hair grows, and go over the same area only once or twice.
Try: For stubborn cases, Dr. Sandra Skotnicki recommends Clindamycin 2 per cent antibiotic powder mixed with glycolic acid. It’s prescribed by a dermatologist, and used at night.
Originally published in the Summer 2006 Allergic Living magazine.
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*See article on how bleach reduces eczema.