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Eczema and Keratosis Pilaris

Summer is here and my skin is a mess! My eczema started flaring when the spring allergies started. Then the KP (keritosis pilaris) got worse when the rains stopped and things dried up. I constantly feel itchy and like my skin is crawling! Anyone else dealing with itchy summer skin?

I hate the feeling of cream/lotions and just don't like feeling sticky. The worst part is thick creams on my palms from applying. I've tried using gloves when applying or even applying it using gauze pads. Has anyone found a great moisturizer that doesn't feel sticky? I'm currently using a couple different AmLactin products which seem to really help the KP.

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  • K8sMom2002

    DD has a history of eczema — much worse when she was younger, and better now that she's older. But she, like you, hates that greasy feeling of lotions. When she has to apply really thick lotions, she uses non-latex (she's allergic to latex) gloves to apply it on her body, and then to the back of each hand (her hands can get in a mess, especially in the winter.)

    She's actually found that she complies better with thinner, lighter moisturizers applied more often. But that doesn't always work for everyone.

  • Kathy P

    Interesting…I've tried "thinner" lotions, but I "forget" to put them on more often.

    I struggle with finding a sunscreen that doesn't make me feel "slimy" too. I'm trying a new one but I've only used it once so far. It's "drier" than most. We'll see how it works this weekend when we'll be outside.

  • Ann123

    Aveeno Cream Eczema helps my itch but it is unfortunately quite thick. I too can not handle creams on my skin but my itch is so bad this year I'm forcing myself to tolerate it the best I can.

  • Kathy P

    I'm kind of forcing myself to tolerate it right now too. I'm taking an evening shower and slathering up. I can put on cotton lightweight PJs and it's not so bad.Thanks for the suggestion on the cream. I'll have to check it out!

  • Ann123

    Is this atopic dematitis? It happens everyday…different areas of my body. Intense itch then when scratched the redness and burning start. Sometimes hives appear or small round raised bumps. It will subside in 30 mins and the redness will go away in an hour-ish. I had eczema as a child and currently have enivorenmental and allergic asthma.

  • Kathy P

    Wow that's a large area. Have you shown it to your allergist or seen a dermatologist?

    Can you link anything to it? After a shower? Specific clothes? I've had from some soaps or detergents. I remember one laundry detergent that was fine until I'd sweat, then my skin would turn red and itchy.

    I have a weird thing going on at the moment where patches on my legs will itch intensely and I get what almost seem to be small hives. I have NO idea! It's usually in the evening when my I'm due for an antihistamine dose, so my guess is allergy related.

    I did try the thicker AmLactin last night after a shower. My skin was soooo smooth this morning! I did't apply any this morning because I hate the sticky feeling during the day. I'm going to try keeping up with applying late evening and see how that does.

  • Ann123

    I went to an allergist last year (for hives and eye-swelling reactions) and had bloodwork done. A few things were flagged but nothing too serious. He felt my reactions were idiopathic in nature and dismissed me with two epi-pens.

    I'll need to buy the AmLactin cream and give it a try. I too have KP

    Also, am I able to start a new topic or is that just for administrators?

    Thank you!

  • Kathy P

    You can definitely start a new topic! Click "Post" and select "Topic" – on mobile, it's under the menu button (3 bars in the upper left).

  • Jen

    Eczema is known as the itch that rashes, so it's definitely possible.  A dermatologist may be able to help with that.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Ann123, is this still happening? I'd definitely circle back to your doctor. Also, I have an allergy to celery which will produce hives/big huge patches of intense itchiness like that if I exercise after I eat it, so it's what my doctor calls exercise-dependent anaphylaxis. 

    I had huge patches of intense red itches like that after a surgery — my primary care doc diagnosed it as an allergic reaction to the betadine wash they used on my tummy. 

  • Kathy P

    How is that rash @Ann123? Have you heard of CIU - 

    I'm finding if I am consistent with the cream, things are pretty calm. My arms are a mess right now because I've been slacking! Ugh! 

    Time to slather up before bed. Bleh

  • tlb2002

    Kathy, have you tried CeraVe or VaniCream? Both are pretty light and effective. Our doctors have recommended them for eczema. Not sure if they would help KP. 

  • Kathy P

    I think we've tried VaniCream on the kids for eczema. But we usually stuck with Cetaphil. 

    I'm finding that I can skip even a day or the backs of my arms start getting really bad. They get itchy and I wind up picking at the plaques. If I apply at night and wash my hands so my palms aren't gross, it's not too bad.

    We are headed to San Diego and will have at least one day in the salt water. I'm curious to see if that helps or makes it worse. 

  • Jen

    Let us know if the salt water helps.  I know that when we've had scratches and cuts that are healing, the salt water seems to work wonders.

  • Kathy P

    I think it actually did help! Or it could have been the sunscreen. But now I have kind if itchy rash on the back of one leg! No idea what it is from.

  • Kathy P

    Ugh my skin is a mess in this heat wave! Even with trying to keep the lotion on at night, I have weird eczema patches on the backs of my arms. 

    I have found a sunscreen that is not terrible. It's a botanical with physical sun block. It doesn't feel sticky or greasy, but I wind up with white patches if I don't get it rubbed in well. My DD got the same stuff, but with tint for faces. 

    @Ann123 gave you tried the Amlactin?

  • K8sMom2002

    How's the eczema, Kathy P? I noticed the other day that Wal-Mart was carrying CeraVe sunscreen … have you tried that? 

    @Ann123, are you still having flares?