Keeping Clean Without Daily Showers or Baths for Eczema Sufferers
One of the best ways to wake yourself up in the morning is to stumble to the bathroom and hit the shower. For many people, the ten or so minutes they spend staring at the shower tiles is as essential to their day as a hot cup of coffee. If you suffer from eczema, however, frequent showers and baths can actually dry out the skin, leading to a worsening of symptoms. The constant flow of hot water over your skin, or simply sitting in it, can draw moisture from your body. So, how can you keep clean while managing your eczema? What if you have eczema children? Don’t they need a daily bath? What is the solution?
1) You Don’t NEED to Bathe Every Day
But if you don’t shower every day, then won’t you be dirty?
Well, it turns out that we aren’t as gross as we seem to think we are! Daily showers and baths are a fairly recent phenomenon, mostly propagated by soap and shampoo companies. As long as you wash certain key areas (the smellier and sweatier parts) on a daily basis with a wash cloth, you can take at least three days between a complete wash with no ill or ill-smelling effects. In fact, not showering on a daily basis might help your skin, as there are theories that your body will start to build up protective microbes to help defend your skin barrier. Make sure that you have an eczema-safe deodorant, that will help control any body odor you might be afraid of.
So, unless you work out, or somehow get very dirty in another way, you don’t actually need daily showers or baths. Plus, you will be saving big on your water bill!
2) Turn Down the Temperature
Hot baths and showers can greatly exacerbate an eczema flare-up. Hot water can greatly inflame and dry out the skin, which is not what you want if you have eczema. Although very hot water might feel great on a spot where you have eczema, essentially scratching it for you, this can cause inflammation that will ensure that the spot will itch far more when you get out. So, when you do hop in for a shower or bath, try to keep the water lukewarm. It might not be quite as satisfying as a hot shower, but it will certainly do more to help your eczema.
3) What about Wet Wrap Therapy?
Wet wrap therapy is one of the most effective tools we have to fight eczema, especially for eczema children. With wet wrap therapy, you soak your eczema child in lukewarm water for about 10 to 15 minutes, pat them dry, apply Eczema-Safe Ointments or medication, dampen an eczema wrap, put them in it, and then put on a layer of dry clothes overtop. This method helps lock moisture into their skin overnight, giving the skin a chance to heal. It’s considered one of the best ways to treat eczema in toddlers. Our line of eczema clothing, including the Eczema Rescue Suit and Eczema Gloves, are perfect for wet wrap therapy. They are easy to get eczema children into, and even help keep them from scratching over night.
If your child isn’t responding well to daily baths, even lukewarm ones, you can cut back the time they are in the water to about five minutes. Using an Eczema-Safe Cleanser can help get their skin free and clear of dirt and grime simultaneously protecting it.
It can take a little time to adjust to the idea that you don’t need to bathe every single day but it can really be worth it. Your skin, your hair, and your eczema may thank you!