January 5, 2016
Many of us at Awair have experienced some form of eczema or have loved ones living with eczema, so we understand the importance of identifying and avoiding its triggers.
One of the more potent eczema triggers is also one that’s usually overlooked--our air. This is especially true for the air in our homes. Here are a few ways the air in your home could be affecting your eczema and causing flare-ups:
The air in your home has more chemicals than you think. These chemicals are often referred to as VOCs--volatile organic compounds. VOCs can take the form of a variety of different chemicals, including Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Acetone. VOCs are virtually everywhere in your home: in paint, cleaning supplies, common household products, adhesives–even cribs and other furniture. Exposure to VOCs can damage your skin’s natural protective barrier, causing dry skin and inflammation. To learn more about VOCs--and what you can do to prevent them--visit our blog post here.
Dust in your home could be contributing to your eczema. Like VOCs, dust mites can irritate your skin by depleting its protective barrier, making way for a bacterial infection. A few common cleaning techniques to get rid of dust can sometimes do more harm than good. Find out more here.
Indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoors, so it is important to keep a flow of fresh air into your home as often as possible. Air that has been trapped indoors will be full of chemicals and dust, which will effectively cause eczema flare ups.
Where you live plays an important role in your skin’s health. Areas with harsh temperatures (such as humid summers and dry winters) will irritate your skin, and activities such as blasting your heater in the winter and air conditioning in the summer will cause dry skin and inflammation.
Awair measures chemicals and toxins in your air and gives you the insight you need to create a healthier indoor environment. Find out how Awair can help you gain greater insight into your eczema triggers.
Have you ever woken up ready for a full day of work ahead, only to find yourself completely exhausted by the time you’ve reached the office? If you have, then our next question for you is: do you ride the train to work?
Why does it seem significantly more difficult to concentrate on work when it’s hot outside? It has much more to do with our bodies than we may realize. A series of studies have proven that we are unable to concentrate and fully engage with our work if the temperature around us is not within a specific range; if you want to reach a peak level of productivity, you should work in an environment that stays between 68℉ and 76℉.
When dust, mold, and bacteria collect in your home, they contribute to indoor air pollution and impact the health and comfort of your space. On the other hand, cleaning your home with toxic chemicals can increase the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your air and leave you vulnerable to other health risks. A recent study revealed that professional cleaners who use strong chemical sanitizing products on a daily basis are more likely to develop asthma and other serious respiratory conditions. This catch-22 has led many consumers to seek out healthier and more sustainable alternatives, or “green” cleaning products.