For the eczema sufferer, baths can be a mixed bag. If you’re itchy all over, getting into a nice, hot bath can bring a huge amount of relief. But that could be followed soon after by even redder and more irritated skin. Hot water can be very drying. That is even before you add in the variety of products that are used in the bath, like soap, cleaners, and shampoos. How can you avoid exacerbating your eczema while still enjoying an occasional bath? Just keep these product tips in mind.
Soap and Cleansers
We tend to think of bath time as the time to get squeaky clean, especially for children. But for eczema children, using regular bath products can be quite damaging to the skin.
Most soaps are naturally drying, which means that simply by using them, you’re drying out already painfully dry skin. That isn't even including the variety of perfumes and moisturizer chemicals that are put into the average bar of store-bought soap. Any of those chemicals could be eczema triggers, meaning that they should be completely avoided.
You might think you’d be safer with body cleansers but think again. Most cleansers use even more chemicals and scents than soap. Even if one is labeled "for sensitive skin," there’s a good chance it could still be an eczema trigger.
Kids love bubble baths. It’s just a fact of life. Unfortunately, bubble baths can also instantly set off a flare-up for a sensitive eczema child.
Most foaming agents use chemicals to bring about the bubbles, and easily can irritate the skin. Although there are theoretically “eczema-safe” bubble baths out there, we can’t vouch for them. As far as we’re concerned, bubble baths are a luxury that is best avoided when you have eczema.
Some people find it very relaxing to put a dollop of scented oil into their tub before drawing a bath. Although this can be lovely, you want to be very careful that neither the scent nor the oil itself is a trigger for eczema.
Before using any kind of scented oil in your bath, put a tiny bit on your skin to see how you react. If your skin starts to get a bit red, or it causes your allergies to flare up, then you know for sure that it isn’t a good idea to toss some into the bath.
Oatmeal is one of the best natural moisturizers that you can put in a bath. It can help stop itching and soothe the skin in an all-natural way.
The trick is, of course, to do it right. You don't want to simply hop in a hot bath full of breakfast oatmeal and a scoop of brown sugar. Nor do you want to use full oats. Although you can buy oatmeal bath powders in store, you can't be sure that it will be free of chemicals or other potential irritants. A great money saver is to take oats and finely grind them in your food processor or spice grinder. Toss a scoop in your bath and relax.
One word of warning, you may want to take a quick rinse in the shower after your bath to get the oatmeal residue off you before you dry off.
Like we said above, most skin cleansers, even ones for sensitive skin, might not be eczema-safe. If you want to be sure that you aren't risking a flare-up simply because you want to get clean, you want our Free and Clear Cleanser.
Our Eczema Cleanser is complete free of dyes, fragrances, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde. It’s tested to be eczema-safe, with no soaps used at all. It’s perfect for cleansing your face, hands, or body, and comes with a pump for your convenience! You won’t have a problem staying fresh and clean with this cleanser!
Baths can, paradoxically, be very drying to your skin. After getting out, it can be an excellent idea to replenish your skin by moisturizing.
We believe the best eczema-safe moisturizer today is our Vaniply Skin Care Ointment. Like our Cleanser, it’s fragrance-free, with no dyes. It’s free of many common chemical irritants, making it perfect for you or your eczema child’s skin.
Of course, right after moisturizing, you may want to do Wet Wrap Therapy using our Eczema Rescue Suits, or another piece of Eczema Clothing like our Eczema Gloves. Wet Wrap Therapy is one of the best ways to fight eczema flare-ups without using medication. It locks in skin moisture overnight, giving your eczema flare-ups a chance to heal. It has helped countless eczema children and can help yours as well.
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.