Pregnancy can be a particularly trying time for skin and while you will probably enjoy a healthy glow, the spike in hormonal activity can trigger flare-ups of various skin conditions. Eczema is one such skin condition that can worsen during pregnancy or even be triggered by pregnancy with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

What Causes Eczema during Pregnancy?

The commonest variety of eczema during pregnancy is atopic eczema. Nobody quite understands why some women’s eczema worsens during pregnancy while in some cases it becomes better. In one study of more than 500 women with various skin conditions, 50% had pregnancy eczema. The astonishing fact was that 80% of these women developed eczema for the first time. A possible trigger for eczema during pregnancy is hormonal changes or the stress experienced during pregnancy.

Eczema is typically a hereditary condition and can be triggered by exposure to environmental allergens. If you have atopic eczema, it is likely that you or another member of your family suffers from asthma or any other type of allergy. Other types of eczema such as contact dermatitis are easily triggered by detergents, yeast, chemicals, and metals.

What Can You Do?

1. Talk To Your Doctor

Some topical treatments for eczema are considered safe during pregnancy, but you should still use them in small quantities under the guidance of a doctor. During pregnancy, steroid ointments may be off limits, but you can switch to non-steroidal ointments or creams like Ezerra Cream or Ointment. However, it is always advisable first to talk to your doctor before using any new eczema treatment products during pregnancy.

2. Use a Suitable Cleanser

A good quality cleanser is important to maintain that pregnancy glow. Try not to use harsh exfoliating products. Instead use a cleanser that is as gentle as water, such as Ezerra Extra Gentle Cleanser.

3. Avoid Known Triggers & Fragranced Products

Minimise contact with known irritants such as scratchy fabrics like wool and harsh detergents. Your pet could also be a culprit since pet dander is a potential trigger. Monitor your activities since those that cause excessive sweating could trigger flare-ups. It would also be a good idea to avoid personal care products that contain alcohol that causes drying.

Avoid fragranced products as they are known to irritate sensitive skin. Today you can find many wonderful fragrance-free alternatives for all your cleaning and personal care needs.

4. Avoid Soaking but Moisturise If You Do

Everyone knows how soaking in a hot bath can feel so relaxing particularly when pregnant. You should, however, avoid spending too much time in the water but in case you do, ensure that you moisturise immediately after bathing.

5. Use A Wrap Treatment

It is only natural to want to stay healthy and infection-free during pregnancy, therefore washing your hands should become a more regular task. If you experience atopic pregnancy eczema on the hands, you can attempt to soothe it by trying a non-toxic wrap treatment made by applying a suitable ointment over your damp hands and wearing gloves on top.

Final Thoughts

It is always a challenge to manage eczema and managing the condition while pregnant can sometimes seem overwhelming depending on its severity. However, by working with your doctors, it becomes much easier to come up with a proper personalised treatment for every stage of the pregnancy thus doing all you can to keep the symptoms under control.