This information is general exercise information for people with atopic dermatitis (AD) and may not suit all individuals. Your healthcare professional is the best person to advise you on what activities are suitable for you depending on the severity of your condition and your treatment plan.

What benefits does exercise bring?

Exercise is a great way to help control your weight, improve your overall health, and boost your mood.

In addition to increasing physical fitness, physical activity makes your body release endorphins — feel-good chemicals that can help relieve discomfort.2

The consideration for people with AD is, when you exercise, you also sweat, which may make your AD flare.3 If clothing is rubbing against your skin, you may quickly feel the irritation building up. So how to go about exercising comfortably?

Here are some tips for exercising with AD:1,3

  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising
  • Moisturise before exercising — use a light cream and give it time to be absorbed
  • Choose loose-fitting, breathable clothing rather than tight-fitting gear
  • Try and stay cool — take regular breaks to rehydrate and cool down
  • Have a cold pack ready to pop on any area that’s starting to flare
  • After your work out, wash off any sweat with a warm (not hot) shower and gradually turn the temperature down to cool
  • Moisturise again after exercising

The best kind of exercise is something you enjoy doing, but if it’s causing your AD to flare, maybe try something new:

  • Walking
  • Gardening
  • Yoga
  • Swimming
  • Aquarobics

Swimming and aquarobics

If you know that sweating triggers your AD, maybe see how your skin reacts to aquatic exercise. Please note that swimming or aquarobics may sound like the perfect kinds of exercise if you have AD, but some peoples’ skin may react to the chlorine in swimming pools or the salt in the sea. Learn more about managing flares and triggers.

AbbVie Care Health Coaches


The AbbVie Care Health Coach team can provide information on how to help lead a healthier lifestyle with some easy-to-follow, realistic steps combined with your RINVOQ treatment.

The Health Coaching service offered through AbbVie Care is general in nature and is in addition to the support and advice available from your healthcare team. You should always speak to your doctor for tailored advice for your condition or if you have any questions about your health and treatment.

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