Why Is My Eczema Worse At Night?

Why Is My Eczema Worse At Night?

If you suffer from eczema, understand that it’s not a life sentence. Eczema can be a challenge, especially as it’s notorious for flaring up during bedtime. Not to mention, the efforts to find ways to soothe your skin can feel like a part-time job – but it doesn’t have to be.

Nourishing Biologicals is here to help you find the support you need during your nighttime flare-ups, along with ways to combat the symptoms.

What Is Eczema?

Have you been experiencing dry, itchy, and uncomfortable patches on your skin but aren't sure what's causing them? Well, we have an inkling it may be eczema. While other causes could produce these symptoms, eczema is a very common one — up to fifteen million Americans suffer from eczema.

Researchers have yet to pin down the cause of eczema as various environmental and genetic factors must be considered.

Eczema is a skin condition that causes red, itchy patches of skin (it's also commonly known as dermatitis.) Eczema and psoriasis are often mistaken as the symptoms can be similar.

It's not uncommon for people to self-diagnose their eczema. However, we suggest getting a green light from your dermatologist prior to using eczema treatment methods. Chances are, most at-home remedies won't hurt your skin, but they may not help the problem either.

Can Eczema Be Worse at Night?

Can your eczema worsen during bedtime? Yes! It is not uncommon for eczema to flare up or get itchier at night.

If your struggle to get your required beauty sleep is putting a toll on your mood or overall health, you're not alone. Sleep is paramount, and if you feel your eczema is keeping you up all hours of the night, we want to help you get your flare-ups under control.

What Causes Eczema Flare-Ups

There are various reasons eczema can worsen at night. Once you understand the many triggers, there are easy tips you can implement to help lessen the symptoms.

Reason #1: Changes in Body Temperature

As you sleep, your body temperature regulates. Due to the body's natural sleep and wake cycle, it can cause a decrease in body temperature. When your body is colder, it can make your skin feel itchy.

Reason #2: Lack of Moisture

Moisturizing is the easiest and most efficient way of keeping your eczema symptoms at bay. If you only moisturize during the day but aren't moisturizing adequately before heading to bed, this may be the reason you're experiencing bad flare-ups a few hours into your sleep cycle.

Reason #3: Excessive Scratching

People are more prone to scratching at night or during their sleep. Scratching your eczema will often make it worse, causing more intense and uncomfortable flare-ups. When you wake up in the middle of the night, it can be hard to remember not to scratch at your itchy patches.

Ways to Prevent Night Time Itching

Even though nighttime itching is a tough habit to break, that doesn't mean it's impossible. Here are some of our tricks to help keep your scratching at ease.

Moisturize Before Bed

Moisturizing before bed is crucial to your skin's health, whether you have eczema or not. The best defense you can give your skin against nighttime scratching is giving it a concrete layer of protectant all hours of the day.

Since eczema is a medical condition and often needs intense moisture to soothe the discomfort it causes, don't be shy to use an oil-based moisturizer or steroid cream. Doctors can provide stronger versions of anything you can get at your local pharmacy.

Ingredients to Look For in Moisturizers

When it comes to moisturizers, some ingredients are good, and others are not so good. Here are nourishing and moisturizing ingredients that are optimal for any moisturizers or skincare products.

Sea Kelp

Thanks to sea kelps nourishing properties, and high concentrates of vitamins and minerals, it helps the skin retain moisture. We value sea kelp and all the ways it can benefit the skin. Sea kelp does well working in synergy with our other products to ensure your skin is as moisturized and rejuvenated as it can be.

Hyaluronic Acid

Similar to sea kelp, hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain moisture, leading to more moisturized skin.

Here at Nourishing Biologicals, our products contain ultra-moisturizing ingredients to restore hydration, minimize signs of aging, and visibly lift the skin for a youthful-looking complexion.

Shower at Night

Whether you're a bath or shower person, we suggest never skipping your evening wash. Bath regularly is important for all areas of your health, but especially for your skin.

When suffering from a skin condition like eczema, bathing at least twice a day is crucial in preventing infections and ensuring ideal moisture.

Remember to apply your moisturizer of choice to the skin within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower. This step helps lock in moisture.

Try Wet Wrap Therapy

If wet wrap therapy sounds unfamiliar to you, don't worry; we're going to explain. Essentially all it entails is wrapping damp clothes around a highly moisturized part of the body.

This method works best if you're focusing on an extra-irritated, smaller part of the body. Wet wrap therapy helps keep the intended area moisturized throughout the entire night in hopes to soothe the irritated skin.

Avoid Harsh Fabrics

Wool and polyester are both fabrics common in clothes and linen that can irritate the skin. If your eczema is especially swollen, you want to steer clear of any harsh fabrics that may rub it the wrong way.

Avoid Allergens Before Bed

If you have eczema, chances are you may have other allergies as well. It'll be keen of you to start away from common allergens, as they may cause your eczema allergy to intensify. Common allergens are pet dander, pollen, or dust mites.

Avoid Harsh Ingredients

Avoiding harsh ingredients in certain skincare products or lotions can be a skin-saving tip. Often harsh ingredients can be hiding the fine print of many products you use every day.

Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol are notorious for leaving eczema patches dry and irritated. Consider steering clear of fragrance and preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben; these ingredients can cause your eczema to flare up, leaving your skin irritated and uncomfortable.

Wear Gloves to Bed

This one may seem more extreme, but it can truly make a significant difference. Once you itch your eczema, the urge to itch more will intensify. If you wear gloves to bed, this can lessen the effects of any itching that is out of your control while you sleep.

Keep Your Bedroom Cool

While being cold may cause your skin to feel itchier at first, that's not to say you don't want your room cool. Your body naturally cools off while you sleep as you aren't exerting as much energy or body heat.

Find a Good Sleep Pattern

Going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day is good for you, regardless of any pre-existing skin conditions. Sleep is essential, and having a good pattern will ensure a longer and deeper snooze.

Stick To Your Treatment Schedule

A common reason desired results aren't achieved when treating a skin condition that requires ongoing care is a lack of adherence to sticking to a routine.

We know that life can get busy, and having intricate skincare routines is already time-consuming enough. However, sticking to your treatment schedule is necessary for keeping your eczema under control.

Everyone's routine is different. Treatment routines can depend on the severity of your eczema, average weather in your state, or how often you're in the pool or saltwater.

Usually, you will have products prescribed or suggested by a dermatologist, and other products you have found help soothe your skin.

Some eczema treatment plans can be complicated, consisting of multiple steps and various lotions and ointments applied multiple times a day. Even if it becomes difficult to keep up sometimes, remember that consistency is the best way to achieve treatment success.

Keep Up With Your Skincare Routine

Yes, medications and topical treatments are helpful with eczema, but there are daily practices you can implement that can better your eczema symptoms.

Keeping up with a good skincare routine is a great way to keep your eczema symptoms under control. If you have eczema, hydrating and moisturizing regularly is very important. If your skin isn't adequately moisturized, it can weaken the skin barrier over time.

This can cause your dry and itchy eczema patches to become even more irritated or raw.


MASK-LOGIC® visibly works to improve signs of redness, flaking, irritation, and dryness triggered by environmental factors or wearing protective masks. This skin-soothing cream helps hydrate the skin for a smoother, firmer, and calmer appearance.

Gently apply a small amount to clean skin. For best results, apply MASK-LOGIC® twice a day – in the morning and at night for best absorption.

Make Nourishing Biologicals A Part of Your Routine

At Nourishing Biologicals, dealing with any skin condition can be a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be. It can feel like an endless cycle of itchy skin and sticky ointments between the constant medication changes and lengthy treatment routines.

Our main concern is that you're comfortable and confident in your skin, and if any of our products can help you achieve that, then we're here to assist.

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