How to wash Atopic/ Eczema prone skin

How to wash Atopic/ Eczema prone skin

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When it comes to washing and cleaning atopic skin, it is important to follow a proper bathing technique that helps maintain skin hydration.

To wash atopic skin properly, follow these steps:

  1. Bathing Technique:

    • Use lukewarm water for baths or showers.
    • Limit bathing time to 10-15 minutes.
    • Avoid scrubbing the skin vigorously.
    • Use a gentle cleanser that is fragrance-free and dye-free to avoid irritation.
  2. Moisturizing After Bathing:

    • Pat the skin dry with a towel, leaving it slightly damp.
    • Apply a high-oil moisturizer within three minutes of bathing to lock in hydration and protect the skin barrier.
  3. Special Baths for Eczema:

    • Consider special bath treatments like adding gentle oils or baking soda to relieve itching.
    • Avoid harsh products that may irritate the skin further.
  4. Cleansing Practices:

    • Use  mild soaps recommended for eczema-prone skin.
    • Avoid waterless antibacterial cleansers and alcohol-based products that can trigger flares.
  5. Hydrating Creams and Emollients:

    • Use hydrating creams or emollients regularly to maintain moisture and prevent flare-ups.
    • Apply cortisone cream during flare-ups as directed by a healthcare provider.
  6. Frequency of Washing:

    • Adapt your cleansing frequency based on the season; wash less frequently in winter when the air is drier.
    • Focus on areas prone to eczema flare-ups, such as the face and perianal region.
  7. Selecting Suitable Products:

    • Choose cleansing oils, syndets (synthetic detergents), or dermatological bars that are non-irritating and free of allergenic substances.
    • Avoid overwashing, as atopic skin lacks natural oily substances and can be sensitive to harsh detergents.

Remember to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider for personalized advice on managing atopic skin and eczema symptoms.