collective.care’s Top 6 Bathing Tips for Eczema Sufferers
Skin care is an essential component within eczema management. Skin care helps to prevent and minimise the severity of eczema flare-ups and enhance the effectiveness of prescription treatments. Have you got the basics right? Check out our clinicians best 6 bathing tips when she is advising patient on the Skin Care Bathing basics – a simple but eczema safe skin routine that can help get you or your child control eczema flares.
Bathing is an important part of daily skin care and eczema management. A good bathing routine is necessary to promote skin repair and improve skin health. Water adds moisture to the skin and also helps to remove debris and irritants which may contribute to eczema flare-ups.
For individuals with eczema, good bathing practices can mean the difference between a period of remission (eczema-free period) and a flare-up.
We understand the importance of a good bathing routine within eczema management. With winter being a difficult time to control eczema, we review the basics with our
collective.care’s Top 6 Bathing Tips for eczema sufferers
1. Keep water cool or lukewarm
As desirable as a hot, steamy bath or shower may be to gain temporary relief when skin is dry, itchy and cracked, eczema sufferers should always avoid hot water when bathing. Hot water withdraws natural oils from the skin, causing it to dry out. Bathing with cool or lukewarm is best, to add moisture to the skin.
2. Keep it short
Eczema sufferers should not bath or shower for more than 5-10 minutes. Excessive bathing is not recommended as after 10 minutes, water no longer moisturises the skin but rather causes it to dry out. 7 minutes is an ideal length of time.
3. Pick a gentle cleanser
Dyes, perfumes, detergents, alcohol and other chemicals can irritate and dry out the skin. Individuals with eczema must take care to choose a non-soap based cleanser or oil, which is designed for dry skin. Common examples are QV wash, DermaVeen and Dermeeze cleansers.
4. Take care not to over-scrub
Cleansing the skin of debris and irritants which may contribute to eczema flare-ups is important. Nevertheless individuals must be careful not to over-scrub while bathing. Over-scrubbing can irritate the skin and strip the skin of natural oils and good bacteria which help to protect from eczema flare-ups. The use of rough sponges, loofahs and/or exfoliator gloves is not recommended.
5. Pat dry
When towelling off after bathing, individuals with eczema are encouraged to gently pat their skin dry. Pat drying is preferred to rubbing, because friction between the towel and skin is minimised and the likelihood of additional skin irritation reduced. Pat drying also allows a small residue of water to remain on the skin which helps facilitate moisturiser absorption.
6. Moisturise within 3 minutes of bathing
It is recommended moisturiser be applied to eczema-prone skin within 3 minutes of bathing. When skin is damp it is better able to absorb moisturiser. Applying moisturiser immediately after bathing also helps to “lock in” moisture, by preventing moisture evaporation from the skin. Examples of commonly used products are the use of QV, DermaVeen and Dermeeze moisturisers.
Can’t get your eczema under control? Want to see a Skin Doctor or Allergy Doctor?
If you wish to review your skin regime or arrange a skin check or an allergy test, you can make an appointment to see one of our skin or allergy doctors at collective.care. We offer Bulk Billed Appointments with our Doctors who can perform a comprehensive skin check with access to onsite skin prick allergy testing and contact patch testing for investigation of contact allergic dermatitis. No referral is required.
Make an appointment with our Skin Clinic or Allergy Clinic; call 1300 344 325 or contact us here.