Keeping a healthy skin diary
If you suffer other skin conditions such as sensitive skin or skin irritations, you may be aware of certain triggers that can set off a flare-up – for example, too much sun, strong soaps, different foods or even a stressful day. When it comes to eczema specifically, science tells us that a range of factors beyond genetics, including the environment, physical irritants and allergens, can all contribute to or cause flare-ups.
Since there are so many aspects of our day-to-day lives that can aggravate skin conditions, keeping a skin diary can help you keep track of triggers that affect you and your skin. A skin diary can also help you remember maintain habits that are helpful.
Remember, your skin diary is not a replacement for a medical diagnosis. Be sure to speak to a medical professional if you are concerned about your skin or if it is affecting your everyday life. Consult a medical professional before you make any significant changes to your daily habits (e.g. excluding foods from your diet).