More than 31 million Americans have eczema. This is a skin condition that is related to a hyper-reactive immune system. It produces flaky and inflamed red patches on the skin that are very itchy. There is no cure for eczema. However, there are certain things you can do to make life more bearable.
Taking shorter showers using lukewarm water is better than super-hot and extra-long showers. Hot water can increase the rate of evaporation of the skin’s natural moisture. This can aggravate the dry skin found in eczema.
Use a gentle cleanser instead of your ordinary bath soap. Do not use products with scents and dyes as these can aggravate the skin irritation.
Apply moisturizers that you can scoop with your fingers. They have a richer or thicker formulation than those products that you squeeze out from tubes. Make sure to apply the moisturizer within the first three minutes after patting your skin dry, coming from the shower. This helps lock-in the moisture.
Eczema increases your risk of skin infections. As such, it is a good idea to get a bleach bath at least once a week. This will help disinfect the eczematous skin. Soaking in the tub for 10 minutes should help kill bacteria that are present on your skin.