Can You Outgrow Eczema? Understanding Whether Eczema is Outgrown as Children Grow Older

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

Eczema is a very common skin condition that can affect people of all ages. While it may seem like something you’ll always have to deal with, it’s possible to outgrow eczema in some cases. Let’s take a closer look at whether outgrowing eczema is realistic and what factors may influence your chances of doing so.

Can You Outgrow Eczema?

For many people, eczema does tend to improve with age. Around 20-30% of children who have eczema will actually outgrow it by adulthood. The condition often clears up during teenage years or early adulthood. However, eczema isn’t considered fully “cured” and could potentially return later in life if triggered by certain factors.

Factors That May Increase Your Chances of Outgrowing Eczema

If your eczema is mild to moderate and developed during childhood, your chances of outgrowing it are higher. Having a family history of eczema or other allergic conditions can decrease your likelihood of growing out of it naturally. Your environment and lifestyle choices also influence long-term eczema outcomes.

Avoiding Triggers and Maintaining Healthy Skin

When eczema flares up, it’s usually due to something that irritates the skin. Identifying and avoiding your personal triggers like soaps, fabrics, weather changes, allergens and stress can help reduce symptoms. Keeping skin moisturized and practicing good skincare also supports natural healing. Making lifestyle modifications around your triggers early on may help train your immune system over time.


While it’s true that some lucky individuals can naturally outgrow eczema, it’s not a given for everyone. The best way to improve long-term outcomes is by properly managing flare-ups, identifying triggers, and working with a dermatologist when needed. With age and lifestyle changes, many eczema sufferers do tend to experience relief of symptoms. But remission is not a cure, and eczema could recur later in life. Managing eczema proactively provides the best shot at keeping it under control both now and into adulthood.

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