It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.
There is no cure for thinning skin , no matter the cause , but you can keep your skin in the best condition possible. Cover up regularly -- wear long sleeves and pants, hats and other clothing to prevent your skin from snagging on other items and tearing. If you work outdoors, wear two layers of clothing. Wrap your most often-injured areas with several layers of gauze or bandages. Avoid the sun if possible, and reapply an SPF of at least 15 once every two hours when you do go out. Moisturize your skin frequently, and help increase collagen production with retinol, trentinoin and peptide topical formulas.
“After giving birth to my son (who’s almost 4), then my daughter (almost 2), I had disastrous-looking eczema on my legs. I couldn't wear skirts or shorts without major stares, or someone asking ‘What's wrong with your legs?’ I hate to say it, but the only thing that worked was using tanning booth for 5 minutes, 3 days a week. When I was inside the booth, I covered my face and body with towels and only exposed my legs—and my rashes vanished almost completely within 6 weeks. When I confessed this to my doctor, she nodded her head and told me it was OK as long as I didn't stay in it too long, and that UV exposure often helps eczema. Spending time in the sun outdoors works too, but you might have to stay out in the rays a bit longer. To keep the results up, I also smear my legs with a thick layer of moisturizer at least once a day.” — Suzanne, 39, Montreal