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Will I Ever Outgrow Eczema?

Are you tired of the relentless itchiness, redness, and frustration that eczema causes in your life? You're not alone. Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, affects millions worldwide and can be a constant source of discomfort. 

If you’ve battled eczema for years, you might wonder whether you’ll ever outgrow this inflammatory skin condition.

At Orange Coast Dermatology, our team of skin care experts evaluates your skin to learn more about what triggers your eczema. From there, we offer customized treatment plans to soothe your eczema symptoms and reduce flare-ups, so you always have a first line of defense. 

In the meantime, it may help to know more about the factors that influence the persistence of eczema or its potential to fade with time.

Can you outgrow eczema? 

A common misconception about eczema is that you outgrow it as you age. While it's true that many children do see an improvement or even complete resolution of their eczema symptoms as they grow older, it's not the case for everyone.

Some individuals continue to experience flare-ups well into adulthood. Factors that influence whether you might outgrow eczema include: 


Research suggests that eczema has a genetic component, meaning that if you have a family history of eczema, you’re more likely to experience it.

Personal triggers 

Identifying and avoiding triggers is crucial in managing eczema. But what triggers one person's eczema may not affect another person the same way. Your unique triggers, such as certain foods, environmental factors, or stress, can play a significant role in the persistence of eczema.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal fluctuations, such as those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, can impact eczema symptoms. Some individuals may experience a temporary worsening of their eczema during these times, while others may see improvements.

Taking control of eczema

Although there's no definitive answer to whether you'll outgrow eczema, there are steps you can take to manage the condition and minimize its impact on your life.

Mind your skin care routine

Establishing a consistent skin care routine is key. Use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Avoid harsh soaps or products that may irritate your skin further.

Manage your triggers

Pay attention to your triggers and try to minimize exposure to them. Keep a journal to track your symptoms and identify patterns. This way, you can make more informed decisions about your lifestyle choices.

Seek medical help

Don't hesitate to consult a dermatologist who can provide expert guidance tailored to your situation. 

From lifestyle adjustments to laser therapy and medication, our team at Orange Coast Dermatology takes your unique experience with eczema into account and offers the personalized plan you deserve. 

If you’re ready to take the next step in your skin care journey, call one of our convenient locations in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, or Orange, California, or schedule a consultation online today.

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