Treat Eczema with Bathing and Moisturizing

Treat Eczema with Bathing and Moisturizing

Lana Lindstrom

Bathing is a simple and effective way of controlling eczema and its symptoms. If done correctly, bathing will rehydrate skin, relieve stress and decrease inflammation and itchiness caused by eczema. Below are important instructions and tips to consider for your next eczema bath treatment.

Dry skin is caused by your body not being able to retain the moisture that comes from water. In this case, extra steps are needed to help your body get the moisture it needs - especially if you have eczema. Dry skin is the most common eczema symptom and can be triggered by harsh soaps, inappropriate clothing, and prolonged bathing. These can make living with eczema difficult and painful. Effectively using bathing and moisturizers can help relieve eczema symptoms and allow for a good night's rest.

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Bathing and Moisturizing Instructions:

  • Bathe or shower in lukewarm water for no longer that 20 minutes. Bathing longer than this can make it difficult for a moisturizer to absorb in your skin.
  • Avoid harsh soaps or scrubbing. Try this cleanser which is free from harmful eczema irritants.
  • Pat dry with a clean towel, leaving a small amount of water still on the skin.
  • Apply an eczema emollient within 3 minutes. It is very important to apply immediately or else the skin can become even more dry.
  • For best results with children or adults, wear chemical free eczema clothing to keep eczema creams and ointments in place and reduce itching.
  • Repeat daily, preferably at bedtime.

Tips for bathing

  • If you have severe eczema, the pressure of a hot shower can irritate your skin. In this case, bathing is more effective.
  • If not using eczema clothing, wait a few minutes in between applying moisturizer and dressing to allow it to soak into the skin. Do not wear synthetic clothing, wool or fabrics that have dyes or chemicals including metals.
  • Bathing before bed can help your skin retain more moisture, keep medications in place for longer and decrease the itch associated with eczema especially if applying tencel® eczema clothing.

Tips for Moisturizing

  • Eczema suits, pajamas, and sleeves can be used for both adults and children and are known to decrease the itch and keep the eczema emollient in place for maximum treatment.
  • Purchase products with the National Eczema Association's Seal of Acceptance, these products do not contain common eczema irritants.

Here is an article on 5 different baths to bring relief to eczema

Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. 

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