If you suffer from eczema, you know that even something as simple as taking a bath may be a challenge, as it can exacerbate symptoms. But done right, bathing can actually help relieve itch and roughness plus remove surface irritants and allergens.
Here’s how to avoid the five biggest skin-sapping bad guys:
The culprit: Hot water
Hot water strips the skin of its natural moisture.
Soft skin solution: Bathe orShower in lukewarm water for 10 to 15 minutes.
The culprit: A loofah
Scubbing your skin with a loofah or washcloth can damage the skin barrier.
Soft skin solution: Use your hands to clean with a non-soap cleanser.
The culprit: Harsh soap
It’s one of the top three triggers that exacerbate eczema, according to a recent survey by PuraCap® Pharmaceutical.
Soft skin solution: Look for a non-soap cleanser, preferably with a pH of around 5 to help maintain the natural pH of the skin.
The culprit: Forgetting to moisturize
Moisture can escape from skin, making it parched.
Soft skin solution: Remember to soak and smear. That means no more than three minutes after bathing, smear on a moisturizer, or if your doctor prescribes it, a skin barrier product like EpiCeram, a prescription brand formulated with three essential lipids, including ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids.
The culprit: Poor sleep and too much stress
Stress can trigger a flare-up; skimping on shut-eye can leave you more vulnerable to the ill effects of stress.
Soft skin solution: Bathe and moisturize at night as part of your wind-down routine. It will cue your brain to clock a better night’s sleep—and you’ll help your skin’s barrier better retain its moisture.
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