Keep your eczema affected skin moisturized and healed with these therapeutic baths.
Eczema is a skin condition where skin becomes inflamed, itchy, flaky and red due to the excessive dryness. According to one study, 31.6 million Americans have eczema, and half of them are with moderate to severe eczema. It means that eczema is one of the common skin diseases in the USA. Topical medications and moisturizers are the efficient way to soothe eczema signs. However, keeping your skin moisturized is important to prevent dryness that triggers eczema.
Bathing keeps your skin moisturized during eczema. It helps your skin minimizes dryness and flakes. Here we have listed some special baths you should try to ease itching, irritation and rashes.
The use of oats for skincare dates back to 2000 BC. In fact, its benefits are recognized by FDA. Oatmeal is packed with the healing properties to sooth an itchy, sensitive and inflamed skin. Besides, it protects the skin’s moisture. Let’s see how to prepare oatmeal bath for your eczema.
Grind 1 cup of oatmeal to obtain a fine powder. Mix one spoon of oatmeal powder in a cup of water to see if it turns milky white. Otherwise, you have to grind it again.
Add 3-4 cups of oatmeal powder to your bathtub filled with warm water. Stir well to dissolve it completely.
Soak yourself or affected body parts for 15 minutes. Later, wash it off.
Use clean towel to dry your skin. Apply the moisturizer within 3 minutes.
Bleach bath is efficient to reduce the chances of infections aggravating your eczema. Besides, it soothes redness and scaling of the skin. To see an improvement, make it the part of your eczema treatment.
All you need to add 1 cup of household bleach to full tub of water. For example, use one cup for 40 gallons or 150 liter of water. Soak for no more than 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse off and pat dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer immediately. Don’t take bleach bath for more than 3 times in a week.
(Note: Avoid using concentrated bleach. Don’t add more than the required percentage mentioned here. Contact your doctor when in doubt.)
Epsom Salt Bath:
Epsom is not actually a salt but a natural mineral compound of sulfate and magnesium. It has magnesium which keeps your skin hydrated and removes toxins from the body. Plus, magnesium is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and skin recovery agent.
Use 1-3 cups of Epsom salt for a regular size of bath tub. However, use no more than 1 cup if you are using it for kids. Add Epsom salt to the warm water and stir it well. Soak for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to use moisturizer immediately after taking the bath.
Don’t Forget to Follow These Precautions:
- Don’t use hot water
- Avoid taking ingredients in excess
- Use the moisturizer immediately after each bath
- Consult your doctor if you have doubt or have allergy
- Avoid using perfumed soaps
- Wear loose garments