Bathing With Bleach For Eczema & The Other Best Natural Bathing Remedies
All different types of people suffer from eczema and with this comes its varying severities but one thing that definitely benefits all who do suffer is a nice lukewarm bath! The following categories further explain the specifics of why bathing is so effective and the different types of baths that all have one sole purpose and that is to alleviate your irritation.
Why Bathing Helps?
Many people ask the following question; Why Does Bathing Help?
For those who have eczema, bathing can be very beneficial and crucial in the process of maintaining one’s eczema. When the skin becomes dry, its dryness is not caused because it lacks a sufficient amount of oil but because it isn’t retaining its natural moistures. A few common things that are the main causes of this type of dryness are low humidity, cold temperatures, and harsh soaps. Bathing in lukewarm water affords your skin the opportunity to regain some of its natural moisture back to alleviate any dry skin development and irritation as a result. Although this may be the case, there are a few things one should remember when bathing which is as follows;
- Take at least one bath a day
- Bathe in lukewarm water for about 10 to 15 minutes
- Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth
- Use a gentle cleanser
While there are in things to keep in mind when bathing, there are a few things to keep in mind when moisturizing after nice moisture replenishing bath which is as follows;
Use a high-oil content moisturizer twice a day
Moisturize hands every time you wash them
Schedule your bathing and moisturizing routine at night
If you have eczema on your hands, soak your hands in water and then moisturize thoroughly afterward
Taking a bath in bleach may sound dangerous, but it is quite beneficial for those who have eczema if done correctly and safely. Bleach kills bacteria on the surface of the skin. Taking bleach baths may restore the microbiome on the surface of the skin. The best way to use bleach to help eczema is as follows;
1. Add ½ cup of regular strength (6 percent) plain bleach into a full bathtub or 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water.
Be sure to use lukewarm water to prevent the skin from drying out
2. Pour in the bleach while the bath is filling.
3. Soak for 5-10 minutes.
4. Rinse the body thoroughly with warm water.
4. Gently pat the skin dry.
5. Moisturize immediately after drying.
Soak and Seal
Although it is key to bathe and moisturize effectively, it is also important to try other techniques to prevent eczema flare-ups and diminish the chances of getting a skin infection. Another technique that provides great results is called soak and seal. The instructions are as follows:
1. Fill bathtub up with lukewarm water
2. Bathe in but only use a gentle cleanser and be sure to avoid scrubbing the areas of affected skin
3. After bathing, pat the skin lightly with a towel but be sure to leave the skin slightly damp as to provide extra moisture
4. Apply prescription topical medication prescribed by your doctor on the affected areas of the skin as instructed on the label
5. Within 3 minutes, apply a sufficiently excess amount of moisturizer over your body
6. Remember to do this 3 minutes afterward. Any longer period of time could leave the skin to become even drier
7. Wait a few minutes to let the moisturizer absorb and begin to nurture the skin before dressing or applying wraps of any form
Baking Soda Bath
Baking soda may seem like a weird thing to bathe in, but for those who suffer from eczema, it can do just the trick when it comes to relieving their irritation. Baking Soda is a well-known household item that is also known for relieving eczema symptoms while soothing and sensitive cleansing the skin. Instructions for a Baking Soda Bath are as follows;
1. Add about ¼ to 2 cups of baking soda to a warm bath
2. Stir it around and let dissolve
3. Once the baking soda is dissolved completely, soak for about 40 minutes
4. Use warm water and never scrub your skin
5. After soaking, lightly pat yourself down with a towel
6. After about three minutes, moisturize thoroughly and allow your skin a few minutes to absorb the moisture before getting dressed
Oatmeal baths are very helpful for those who have eczema because its use can soothe itching. Colloidal oatmeal is different from regular oatmeal in that it is ground up into a fine powder. When poured into warm water, it sits on the top and doesn’t sink on the bottom. This allows for it to make more contact with the skin which ultimately allows it to protect the skin more efficiently along with soothing itching and irritation; both symptoms eczema can exhibit.
1. Use lukewarm water
2. Pour in about 1 cup (or doctor recommended amount) of oatmeal while the tub is filling
3. Once the bath is run, soak for about 10 to 15 minutes
4. After soaking, pat skin dry with a towel
5. Be sure to leave some moisture on the skin
6. Be sure to use a fragrance-free moisturizer right directly afterward
Salt Baths? That may sound painful, but they are actually quite beneficial for the skin especially for those who suffer from eczema. The salt used in salt baths is not the salt you would use to season your chicken at the dinner table or sprinkle just a pinch of in your pies. The salt being referred to is Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt is found in distilled mineral-rich water and is most often used in homes. For those who have eczema however, they may use it to alleviate some irritation their eczema may cause by soaking in it for about 5 to 10 minutes. The instructions for a Salt Bath are as follows;
1. Run a lukewarm water bath (never hot)
2. Dissolve about 1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt in water
3. Soak for about 5 to 10 minutes
4. Bathe using a gentle cleanser lacking dyes and scents
5. After, pat yourself dry with a towel
6. Moisturize your entire body after about 3 minutes of exiting the bath
7. Wait about 5 minutes before putting clothes on to allow your skin the time to absorb the moisture
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Bathing in magnesium can help improve skin barrier function by enhancing the skin’s hydration and reducing inflammation in atopic dry skin. This is especially important for those who have eczema as these are the main reasons for eczema’s existence. The best magnesium bath recipe is as follows;
1. 1-2 cups of Epsom salt or magnesium flakes
2. It is recommended to use magnesium flakes because they dissolve more easily
3. ½ cup of Himalayan or Sea Salt
4. ½ teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
5. 10-15 drops of essential oil of your choice
Although many people suffer from eczema of differing severities, taking baths is one thing that can benefit all of those who do have eczema. Along with this, eczema sufferers should always remember to wash their hands and bathe in lukewarm water, apply prescribed medications (if any) afterwards, and always moisturize thoroughly.