Baths for Eczema - 5 Baths to Bring Relief.

Baths for Eczema - 5 Baths to Bring Relief.

Anne Fairchild McVey

Baths for Eczema

Soaking eczema can bring amazing relief if done correctly. Below are 5 different eczema baths with simple instructions, so you can find relief from your eczema symptoms.

Coconut Oil Bath for Treating Eczema

Coconut oil is a great all-natural moisturizer/emollient for eczema. Coconut oil penetrates the skin barrier deeper than your average eczema moisturizer because of its low molecular weight and how it bonds with proteins. It contains vitamin E, K, and iron and is antimicrobial and anti-fungal. It is absolutely perfect for itchy, inflamed eczema. Keep in mind that coconut oil is a nut, so if you or your child has a tree nut allergy, it would be best to avoid coconut oil.

How to Enjoy a Coconut Bath for Eczema

  1. Draw a warm bath.
  2. Add ¼ cup coconut oil to the bath. If it’s wintertime and the coconut oil is hard, warm it on the stove and pour the warm liquid into the tub.
  3. Consider adding ¼ cup Epsom salt. Epsom salt can bring down inflammation, can help clean eczema and decrease bacteria.
  4. Make sure the coconut oil and Epsom salt are thoroughly mixed into the warm water.
  5. Soak for at least 15 minutes, pouring over the shoulders.
  6. After 15 minutes, rinse with warm water to wash off the salt.
  7. Pat skin dry with a clean towel and rub coconut oil into the eczema.
  8. Dress in eczema clothing. Eczema clothing made with tencel® can stop the itch, prevent bacteria build-up, keep the coconut oil in place for maximum treatment, and is less messy than wearing regular clothing.

Coconut oil may leave your tub quite slippery! Be careful when getting out.

Salt Baths for Treating Eczema

The National Eczema Association recommends salt baths for eczema. Many eczema sufferers report a decrease in itching, inflammation, and redness.

Salt is natural, therapeutic and has a cleansing effect. If your baby or child suffers from eczema, salt baths can be a natural and effective way to successfully treat their eczema. Salt baths must be accompanied by daily skin maintenance.

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How to Enjoy a Salt Bath for Eczema

  1. Purchase your salt. Dead sea salt has many benefits for eczema. You can also use Epsom salt.
  2. Prepare a warm tub.
  3. Add the salt: 2 cups for a full bath, 1 cup for a half bath, and a 1/8 cup for a baby bath.
  4. Soak your baby or child in the warm salt bath for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Remove the child from the tub and pat dry - do not rub.
  6. Immediately apply an eczema emollient.
  7. Dress the child in eczema clothing. Eczema clothing stops the itch and keeps emollients in place for effective treatment.

This process should be done daily. You will need to be patient, salt baths take 10 days to see a difference in the skin.

An Oatmeal Bath for Treating Eczema

An oatmeal bath is a classic remedy that soothes the itch, brings down inflammation and has moisturizing properties. Oatmeal baths were known to help the itch of chickenpox before immunizations made this disease disappear. Now, this tried and true method can be used with great success for eczema flares.

Below are 8 Simple Steps for an Oatmeal Bath for Eczema

  1. Purchase a Nut Milk Bag. These are available on-line at Amazon, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond. You can skip this step, but it prevents a mess in your tub.
  2. Take 1 cup oats and put into a food processor and blend on medium-high for 1 minute.
  3. Add blended oats to nut milk bag.
  4. Fill the tub with lukewarm water and add the bag to the water.
  5. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes.
  6. After 15 minutes rinse off well and pat dry with a clean towel.
  7. Immediately apply an eczema emollient.
  8. Dress in eczema clothing.
  9. For extra relief try adding 1/2 cup Epsom salt or coconut oil.

The bottom line is that, unless your child has a trigger related to oatmeal, an oatmeal bath will not hurt them and can provide amazing relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar Baths for Treating Eczema

Apple cider vinegar is used for eczema relief, to treat outbreaks, and to prevent eczema flares. Vinegar is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and contains all kinds of immune-boosting mineral salts. Such as vitamin B1, riboflavin, an array of vitamins, sulphur, and acetic acid. It’s all around alkalizing for the body and for the skin. The result is that vinegar is wonderful at relieving inflammation, skin infections, and to combat yeast growth. The natural astringent quality of the vinegar helps to balance the skin’s pH levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar Bath Directions:

  1. Mix 2 cups of ACV into a warm bath if using a tub. Use 4 tsp. per gallon, if using a baby tub.
  2. Soak in the bath for 30+ minutes. Toys help a child soak.
  3. Gently pat the skin dry with a soft, cotton towel. Leave the skin slightly moist.
  4. Moisturize immediately while the skin is still damp with an eczema emollient.
  5. After applying an eczema moisturizer, apply eczema clothing to reduce itching and allow emollients to stay in place for optimum treatment.
  6. Repeat 3-4 times a week for best results.

On its own, vinegar can be very drying so always moisturize immediately after your bath.

It’s important to always dilute the ACV before applying it to the skin. It’s too strong to apply directly and might cause some stinging or burning if it’s not diluted enough. If you find that your skin reacts to the ACV, add more water.

So many people experience dramatic improvements to their eczema from treatment with apple cider vinegar. The naturally acetic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal qualities of vinegar help to relieve eczema flares and ward off future outbreaks. When diluted, it’s very gentle and a terrific natural eczema remedy that’s worth trying for both adults and children. We hope it works for you too! For more information on the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Eczema visit this link.

Bleach Baths for Treating Eczema

Properly diluted bleach baths are completely safe for children and adults. Adding bleach to your bath water helps to control skin bacteria and decrease infections. It’s an effective way for adults and children alike to get control of their eczema flares. This concentration of bleach is actually very low and is similar to a swimming pool at about 0.005%. However, it’s important to consult with a physician before trying a bleach bath.

Never put anything other than bleach into the bathwater. Bleach can react to other ingredients and become extremely harmful.

Choosing the Right Bleach:

Regular strength household bleach (4-6% sodium hypochlorite) is all that you need for your bleach bath. Do not use concentrated bleach or bleach that contains fragrances.

Bleach Bath Instructions:

¼ cup of bleach for a half bath – approximately 75 liters of water


½ cup of bleach for a full bath – approximately 150 liters of water


1 teaspoon for a gallon

What Size is My Bathtub?

These bleach bath recipe sizes are based on a standard-sized American bathtub; a tub filled to the overflow line marked by the drainage holes is 150 liters. If you have a smaller bathtub, try 1 tsp. of bleach for every gallon of water.

Note: Be cautious when handling the bleach. Avoid direct contact with the undiluted bleach. Also, be careful to protect your clothing and towels.

Bleach Bath Directions:

  1. Mix the bleach and the water well before entering the bath.
  2. Soak in the bath for 5-10 minutes. Do not submerge your head. Soak from the neck down or specifically soak the affected areas. Rinse the skin with clean, warm water.
  3. Gently pat the skin dry with a soft, cotton towel. Do not rub skin, lightly pat. Leave the skin slightly moist.
  4. Moisturize immediately while the skin is still damp. Follow any prescribed moisturizing and prescription directions from your physician or child's physician. We recommend Vaniply emollient as it is recommended by most allergists and dermatologists.
  5. Repeat 2–3 times a week.
  6. Consider applying eczema clothing over the emollient. This stops itching and keeps the emollients in place.
  7. If you suffer from moderate to severe eczema also consider wet wrap therapy for eczema. Wet wrap therapy for eczema is an extremely effective treatment for eczema and is followed immediately after the emollient is applied. Below is a diagram for wet wrap therapy. Done correctly, studies report a 75% reduction in eczema symptoms.

Bleach baths can help to reduce redness, itchiness, and skin scaling. The baths are most effective when you also follow a disciplined moisturizing routine.

If your skin becomes dry, you may not be rinsing your skin thoroughly, you might be using too much bleach, or you may be taking bleach baths too often. Try troubleshooting your bleach baths by rinsing more carefully, adjusting the amount of bleach, and reducing your frequency. You can also increase your moisturizer, which can always be used in generous amounts.

Bleach baths are a simple, safe, and effective way to control bacterial infections and reduce eczema symptoms. Consult with your physician first and start adding bleach baths to your skincare regimen for eczema relief.

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This information is not meant to replace a visit to a physician or a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition.