Bathing With Bleach For Eczema & The Other Best Natural Bathing Remedies

Bathing With Bleach For Eczema & The Other Best Natural Bathing Remedies

Bathing With Bleach For Eczema & The Other Best Natural Bathing Remedies

 

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Introduction

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; 

  1. Take at least one bath a day 
  2. Bathe in lukewarm water for about 10 to 15 minutes 
  3. Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth 
  4. 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 

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Bleach Bath

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.

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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 

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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 Bath

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

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Salt Bath 

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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Magnesium Bath 

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

Conclusion

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. 

Can Bleach Baths Help Eczema? – Are they safe?

Can Bleach Baths Help Eczema? – Are they safe?

Bleach Baths: What on earth is going on with eczema treatments?

If you have a baby or small child with eczema, you may have been given the very strange advice to give them a bleach bath for eczema. But can bleach baths help eczema? Lets find out.

It sounds very odd I know, and kind of like the last thing you should be doing for a tiny baby with sensitive skin, but in fact, the science behind it is very sound.

Let’s have a look into this in a bit more detail.

What is a bleach bath?

A bleach bath is a bath that has a very diluted amount of bleach in it.

You can use regular household bleach, such as White King, and dilute it in a bath for people suffering from eczema. Bleach baths have apparently been recommended by doctors and skin specialists for years and are quite effective at treating the condition.

Primarily the bleach kills the bacteria on the inflamed skin and reduces the chances of infection. In doing so it reduces the severity of the condition and helps any flare-up to pass sooner.

The dilution that you use makes the water no stronger than that in a chlorinated swimming pool, so while dousing your baby with bleach seems weird, it is no weirder than putting them in a pool.

Why is infection bad?

Eczema, when just on the surface is painful, hot and itchy, but not particularly harmful to your child. It’s just very annoying and uncomfortable for them.

But if the wounds get infected, this is where trouble sets in. The wounds can’t heal, and the infection can make your child very sick.

How to take a bleach bath for treating eczema?

For every 10 liters of water in the bath, you add 12ml of liquid bleach. You can also add bath oil (I use Hamilton’s) to help moisturize the skin, but this is not necessary.

As always with an eczema bath, you should not have the water hot, just lukewarm. When running it, it helps to test the temperature with your wrist rather than your hand, as your hand can tolerate hotter temperatures more easily.

Use standard household bleach, DO NOT USE COMMERCIAL STRENGTH BLEACH!

Dilute the bleach in the bath before putting your eczema person in the water. Let them soak for around ten minutes, but not submerge their face or head under the water. It is safe to wash the face and scalp with the water, however, you just want to keep it out of little eyes.

Do not rinse the skin after the bath. You may want to use old towels or ones that are already white to dry.

If your baby has been prescribed a steroid cream, you can put this straight on the skin at this point as you would after any bath. Put a good thick eczema-approved moisturizer all over the skin. We use two types of Diprobase and Wild Naturals when they were younger.

You can do this daily if needed.

Won’t it sting my child?

It shouldn’t sting your child or irritate them, but a few people will get this reaction. Some children will feel a stinging sensation from the bath solution, in which case discontinue this practice.

Because eczema is so subjective, some people with it don’t react well to the bleach bath, but this is the same as with any product or even just water by itself.

It won’t be burning them or damaging them, just irritating. If they feel stinging, rinse off in fresh water and put moisturizer on as usual.

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Is a bleach bath safe for babies?

Yes, the bleach bath eczema is safe for babies. A baby bath will hold around 15 litres of water, so put no more than 18ml of bleach in their bath. Dilute the bleach in the water and mix before putting your baby into the water, and make sure that the temperature is lukewarm.

As you always should when giving a baby a bath, have everything at hand and completely ready to go before you bring your baby in.

Can Bleach Baths Help Cradle Cap?

If your baby has crusts over his scalp, the bleach bath can be used to remove them and get rid of any infection in the wounds. If your baby’s cradle cap starts to smell then it may be becoming infected, and a bleach bath could be a very good idea.

Soften the crusts by splashing on the water or soak a cloth in the bleach water and then hold this over your baby’s scalp to loosen them. The skin may look a bit red and raw underneath, but it can be good for the antiseptic effects of the bleach water to get to this skin.

My son as a baby hated having this done, but removing the crusts is essential for getting rid of bacteria and exposing the raw skin so that topical creams can get in and do their good work.

Mum to eczema babies: my own experience with bleach bathing

I remember distinctly the first time a bleach bath eczema was suggested for my then six-month-old, and I remember how shocked I was.

When you find out that your child has eczema, you get told all of the things your baby has to avoid.

This is very sensitive skin and needs to be treated so carefully. Even products designed specifically for a tiny newborn baby’s skin, such as the range from Johnson’s Baby, are apparently too harsh for eczema skin. ( However, I found this cream worked for me for a number of years )

‘Be wary of everything!’ you get told, ‘Don’t let anything abrasive in even the slightest way touch this precious skin!’

And then the skin experts say, ‘You should be putting your baby in a bleach bath,’

And as a parent, you look at them in incredulous disbelief and say, ‘What the…?’

A non-exhaustive list of things that could cause sensitive eczema skin to flare up

  • Soap
  • Most chemicals in skin care products
  • Central heating
  • Wool
  • Manmade fibres
  • Clothes with tags or seams
  • Chemicals used in regular clothes detergent
  • Dust
  • Grass
  • Pet hair
  • Swimming pools
  • Certain foods such as wheat, dairy and eggs

And the list goes on and on and on. As an eczema sufferer or eczema parent, you start to become wary of everything.

My children are now 9 and 7 years old and have still never used soap. They are old enough for showers now which seems to be better for their eczema than soaking in a bath. But for a long time, I was doing baths and being super extra mega careful about what to put in them.

What can you put in the bath to wash eczema skin?

With first two children, we knew it was bad within their first months out of the womb. I gave birth to tiny little hot eczema babies.

I had been using the baby products recommended by my midwives at the hospital, but apparently, that was way too harsh to expose tiny eczema babies too. Not only could I not use baby bath products, I couldn’t even use soap or shampoo to wash my baby.

There were, fortunately, some recommended natural products that I could pop in their bath. All of the following were helpful:

It does sound like I was making cake batter rather than bathing my children, but with eczema, you start to learn to just roll with it.

My son would scratch so much that his skin never got a chance to heal, and infection inevitably set in, on his little scalp and chubby red cheeks. Because he was drooling and teething and sucking on his hands as well, his face was always being irritated and exposed to constant bacteria.

So, I gave the bleach bath a try.

Do bleach baths really work?

It certainly worked for both of my babies. It felt very weird doing it; even after I was given direct instructions to do so from my child’s skin specialist I still did the extensive research myself make sure I was still doing the right thing.

But it works, and like most treatments for eczema, it very well may make your life easier, so it is worth a try. They do smell a bit bleachy afterward, but no worse than they would after a swim in a public pool.

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Bleach bath top tips: Points to Remember

  • Choose plain bleach with no added fragrance or detergents
  • Dilute the bleach in the water before you put your child in
  • Bleach can lose its concentration over time, so don’t go for an old bottle that’s been in your laundry for years. Buy a new bottle for this purpose.
  • Store the bleach out of reach of your children
  • Use old towels to dry your child
  • Congratulate yourself a little bit for multitasking and cleaning the bath at the same time as disinfecting your child.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes

It won’t work for everybody, and it might irritate some people’s skin, but overall it has a positive effect on most. Infection in the wounds and under the crusts is the worse enemy, so I do recommend giving this a try, even if it does sound awfully weird and contrary to keeping harsh substances away from sensitive skin.

If you are unsure, talk to your family doctor or skin specialist first and see what they recommend. But if they have already suggested the bleach bath to you, I say go for it. It definitely helped us.

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