As the outdoor temperature begins to drop and the indoor air becomes dryer, keeping the skin hydrated is essential for eczema suffers. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of the population has some form of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. People with this condition experience flare-ups of itchy, dry and inflamed skin which can thicken to become red and scaly. The skin's barrier also becomes compromised making it sensitive to irritants and allergens and exposure to such irritants may exacerbate eczema. A well hydrated and moisturized skin will make life more comfortable.