Washing & Bathing:
short (5 minute) baths or showers with lukewarm water. Don't dry the skin after
bath, just pat the skin with a towel to remove excess water.
Cosmetics and skin care
lotions that contain alcohol, perfumes, dyes or solvents if possible. Many of these
lotions will irritate your already over-sensitive skin, and cause your skin to become
permanently dry. All cosmetic products that contain AHA's or BHA's (alpha or beta
hydroxy acids - fruit acids) should be stopped immediately. (Products with these
ingredients should be avoided ). Avoid products like Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
and Aquaeous Cream as they only dehydrate the skin even more.
Clothing and Bedding:
and bedding made from wool and synthetic fibers, such as nylon and polyester, can
irritate the skin.
loose-fitting, 100% cotton clothing and cover your blanket with a lining made from
sufferers, especially children and teenagers try to cover their legs and arms even
in the summer to avoid being teased by their friends and classmates. This only worsens
the condition. As much as possible, you should wear thin clothing that will not
cause you to sweat.
detergents that have dyes and perfumes.
Do not over dry your clothes in the dryer.
dryness aggravates eczema, so keep the house, especially your bedroom, on the cool
side, and use a humidifier when the air is too dry. Be aware, however, that an overly
humid environment can encourage dust mites to thrive, which will worsen allergies
such as hay fever and asthma.