Exercising with a skin condition like eczema can be tricky. Despite all of the different ways exercise can help to encourage healthy skin, sweat can present a problem as the sodium in perspiration can easily irritate and upset your dry, sensitive skin.
That being said, I would still try to exercise regularly if you have eczema, you just have to pick your exercise regime carefully. Low intensity exercises, such as yoga and tai-chi, still keep your body moving and are great for building strength and flexibility. They’re also unlikely to cause the same amount of sweating as say jogging or cycling so they’re a good option if that’s an issue for you.
You should also consider how you look after yourself before and after exercising. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids at all stages to avoid dehydrating and take a towel with you wherever you ago – wiping away sweat can prevent it from gathering on your skin, reducing irritation and itchiness. It also pays to exercise in sensible material – keep things loose and breathable.
After you’ve finished your class or gym session, gently wash your skin and make sure you moisturise well. Our soothing Neem Cream might be a good option here as it can naturally help to calm your skin, easing that maddening itch.