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A recent article by the National Eczema Association presents a comprehensive guide on how to exercise effectively without triggering flare-ups. The tips and strategies suggested could greatly improve the workout experience for those living with this skin condition.

  • Eczema can complicate exercise due to flare-ups triggered by sweat.
  • Several strategies can be applied to manage eczema during workouts.
  • These include choosing the right workout space, wearing suitable clothing, and opting for low-impact exercises during flare-ups.
  • Understanding and implementing these strategies can lead to a healthier and more comfortable workout experience.

Eczema, a skin condition characterized by itchy and inflamed patches of skin, can make exercising a challenge. The sweat produced during a workout can dry out the skin and leave behind a salty residue that can trigger eczema flare-ups. However, the benefits of exercise, including boosting the immune system, improving brain health, and reducing stress, make it important to find a way to exercise that doesn’t worsen eczema symptoms. An article from the National Eczema Association discusses some strategies for exercising with eczema. 

Choose an Eczema-Friendly Workout Space

The environment in which you exercise can greatly impact the severity of eczema flare-ups. A well-ventilated gym with shower facilities and clean towels is ideal. If you prefer exercising at home, ensure that your workout space is cool and comfortable, and shower immediately after your workout with cold or lukewarm water to rinse off sweat.

Exercising outside also requires careful consideration. To avoid the sun’s intense rays, which can worsen eczema, plan your outdoor exercises for the early morning or evening. Always wear sunblock and bring extra water to rinse off sweat regularly.

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Wear Eczema-Friendly Workout Attire

What you wear during your workout can significantly affect your skin condition. Avoid materials like spandex and wool, as they tend to irritate sensitive skin and exacerbate eczema. Instead, choose light, breathable fabrics like cotton that won’t trap sweat. While it’s common for people with eczema to cover up their skin, this can make you sweat more during workouts, so consider wearing looser, more comfortable clothing.

Manage Eczema Flares During Exercise

Even with precautions, eczema flare-ups can still occur. If your eczema flares up, consider switching to low-impact exercises that won’t make you sweat excessively, such as tai chi, Pilates, or yoga. These workouts are effective at improving mobility and muscle strength and reducing stress without overheating your body. Strength training with weights can also be beneficial, as it has built-in rest periods that allow your body to cool down.

Key Tips for Exercising With Eczema

  • Wear loose, cotton clothing during workouts.
  • Keep your workout space cool and comfortable.
  • Rinse off sweat immediately after your workout with cold or lukewarm water.
  • Consider low-impact exercises during an eczema flare-up.
  • Always listen to your body and rest when needed.


Jones, K. (2021). How to exercise safely with eczema. National Eczema Association. https://nationaleczema.org/blog/exercising-eczema/