Top Tips for Treating Eczema in Adults

eczema in adults

In general I find most the information about eczema out there is geared towards children, so today I wanted to focus on eczema in adults. The following is a list of products and resources for providing relief for eczema or atopic dermatitis in adults.

Wet Wrapping

Wet wrap therapy can provide quick relief for moderate to severe cases. And while this type of treatment isn’t recommended long-term, it can provide a much-needed break from the relentless itching and irritated skin. Read here for step-by-step instructions on how to wet wrap. These sleeves and bands in adult sizes not only make wet wrapping easier, but they also enhance the benefits for eczema in adults.

Dry Wrapping

If wet wrapping seems to damp and uncomfortable, try dry wrapping first! If you use the right material, like this TENCEL and zinc blend from Remedywear™ – clothing for eczema, you’ll find soothing relief while staying dry and comfy. For eczema in adults, check out this Eczema Shirt and Eczema Pants that can be worn as pjs or under clothes during the day. These Eczema Bandages work great for treating elbows, knees and other smaller areas.

Clothing for Eczema in Adults

These cotton tops from Cotton Comfort come with exterior labels, flat seams and closed mittens ensuring a great scratch-free night of sleep, which is often missing and an important step in healing atopic dermatitis in adults.

gloves for atopic dermatitis in adultsGloves for Atopic Dermatitis in Adults

Essential for soothing hand eczema, gloves should be worn over moisturized hands overnight to provide great results. Wet wrapping with gloves can provide even better results. We like these bamboo/lycra blend gloves because they are cooling, stretchy and last much longer than standard white, cotton gloves for eczema in adults.

Other Ideas

Because these products are not specific for atopic dermatitis in adults, I will only briefly mention them here because they are important as well. Consider looking at your diet and beginning to eliminate foods looking for potential triggers. Commercial laundry products are really harsh and can only further irritate your skin. At the very least, move to free and clear varieties, natural brands are preferred, but best results are usually seen with alternative laundry products. And of course it’s important to find a good moisturizer and apply twice a day and after any contact with water. Check out these excellent natural creams and balms for eczema in adults.

Adult Eczema Bloggers

The Allergista: She writes about her personal experience living with eczema and allergic contact dermatitis. She also reviews products and provides resources for chemical free and metal free health care products.

Prime Physique Nutrition: Abby is a holistic nutritionist that lives mostly eczema free these days after making significant modifications to her diet and moving toward a healthier lifestyle. She has just started an eczema podcast and I was her first guest! Check out the episode here.

Flawless Program: Christina blogs about nutrition, healthy skin and eczema in adults. I love that she has an entire page dedicated to eczema and gut health.

Eczema Resources

Chicago Eczema Integrative Center: An amazing conventional meets holistic medicine approach in Chicago by the fabulous Dr. Peter Lio. They hold support groups and encourage members to seek out holistic therapies like acupuncture. You can read more about the center here.

National Eczema Association: A US non-profit with excellent educational tools and a network for support groups for anyone suffering from eczema.

Eczema Society of Canada: A wonderful non-profit that supports Canadians who suffer from eczema. They offer helpful educational materials as well.

National Eczema Society: A UK non-profit that addresses atopic dermatitis in adults and children.

Eczema Association of Australia: Support and education for Australians.

International Topical Steroid Awareness Network: This non-profit aims to educate others about the dangers of misusing topical steroids. If you’ve become dependent on topical steroids, then this would be a great resource for you.


What are your favorite products and resources for adult eczema?

FROM: Eczema

1 Comment

  1. DrB on January 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Great post Jennifer, thank you.
    It is interesting that the introduction of an effective behavioural approach, habit reversal, to eczema care in the UK has so far been much more successful in services for adults than for children – though availability for all ages remains low. The problem of scarce psychological services for people with skin conditions is discussed by Andrew Thomson here:

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