Eczema is the skin condition that causes red rashes and severe itching over your skin. Also known as “dermatitis”, eczema is treatable with proper care and control. And maintaining good skin care routine is essential to ease your eczema’s symptoms. Bathing is the one of the good ways to manage your eczema as it moisturizes the skin.
What Make Bathing So Effective for Eczema?
Lacking the oil is not the only reason making your skin dry and flaky. This also happens when you skin fails to retain the moisture due to the wind, low humidity, cold temp, and harsh soaps. These factors make your skin condition worse.
In this scenario, taking bathing and moisturizing are important to maintain your skin’s moisturizing level. Therefore, you must apply moisturize immediately after bathing to lock the moisture.
Here are the things you must keep in mind:
- Take at least one bath or shower a day
- Use only lukewarm water for bathing
- Don’t remain in lukewarm water shower for more than 15 minutes
- Don’t scrub your skin
- Avoid harsh or alcohol based soaps
- Minimize the use of cleansers to avoid irritation
After having your bath, don’t forget to apply moisturizer immediately to avoid dryness. Make sure to keep these things in mind while applying moisturizer.
- Apply only a high oil content moisturizer twice a day to safeguard your skin barrier
- Keep your hands moisturized every time you wash them or they come into contact with water
- Take bathing and moisturizing at night, before going to bed.
- For your hand eczema, soak your hands in a container filled with water for few minutes. Afterwards, apply a moisturizer. You can wear cotton gloves while sleeping.
Water helps you restore the moisture on your skin, but only if you use lukewarm water and apply moisturizer within three minutes. Apart from that, you must follow the guidelines given above to keep your skin healthy and moisturized, thereby avoiding the eczema chances.
But you should remain in water contact more than 15 minutes as the prolong contact with water can irritate your skin. Make sure to apply moisturizer or else your skin will be prone to dryness and irritation.
Be Careful with the Bathing Products:
You must always choose the skin products that are not perfumed and dyed. Choose the soaps that are gentle on your skin. Don’t use antibacterial cleansers or soaps if you have eczema as they contain alcohol and solvents that are very harsh on your skin. Don’t use scrubber on your skin and gently pat after wetting it.
What are the Types of Bath Useful for Eczema?
Soaking your skin in a tub of lukewarm water helps your skin retain the moisture. Besides, it is relaxing and minimizes the stress. Apart from your regular bathing, you can try some special types of baths that can heal your eczema. These baths include:
- Add 3-4 cups of finely grinded oatmeal powder to bathtub filled with warm water.
- Stir well to dissolve it completely.
- Soak yourself or affected body parts for nearly 15 minutes
- Rinse it off.
- Pat dry and apply moisturizer.
- Add 1 cup of household bleach to full tub of water for every 150 liter of water. Don’t use more than this percentage.
- Soak for 10-15 minutes. Avoid spending too much time as it can harm the skin.
(CAUTION: Use only concentrated bleach and limit to 2-3 baths a week.)
Epsom Salt Bath:
- Add 1-3 cups of Epsom salt to bath tub. For kids, it should be 1 cup.
- Soak for 15-20 minutes and pat dry yourself.
So these bathing tips will help you manage eczema symptoms. However, make sure to see your doctor if your eczema is severe.