So, we started bathing my daughter every night and applying moisturizer immediately after her bath. Her eczema slowing started getting better and absorbing the moisturizer. So I started creating my own moisturizer without fillers that would last a good bit and really cover and moisturize her skin deeper and longer and that really helped control and stabilize her skin, naturally, without steroids and the poor thing itching.
Therefore, the 'myth' about eczema is you shouldn't take a shower or bath or get your skin wet everyday. WRONG-O! The complete opposite.
Let's think about the logic behind this incorrect statement... pediatricians/doctors and even natural docs will tell you that you are washing away your skins natural oils and you need those to prevent future eczema breakouts. You should also just moisturize dry skin. First, have you tried to moisturize dry skin? Yuck. It gets sticky and uncomfortable and will make your skin stink and itch- and continue to itch. Why does it make your skin stink and feel sticky? because you've now covered dry skin- which normal bacteria from the day is now on- with a thick moisturizer. Therefore, trapping and rubbing the skin with bacteria and not washing it for a couple days- and re-applying moisturizer again and again. Gross.
So here's what... we've tried everything with my daughter. This is what works for infants up to elderly, all ages and stages of eczema. Warm, not hot bath for 10 minutes or longer daily (usually at night for kids and babies, it's nice to have them clean at bed time, they typically sleep better- adults whenever morning or night). Immediately after toweling off (not even brushing your teeth in-between) put a great moisturizer on (cetaphil cream, lubriderm or eucerin- they are greasier creams better for dry/eczema skin) . If you can find an all natural one like my Hydrating Body Butter (7 different natural butters/oils) even better. If you do not moisturize after the bath with a moisturizer, your skin will get even drier because you have washed off the moisturizer from before and some of your remaining oils and minerals from the day.
It's also important to note that if she misses one bath and moisturizing, her eczema starts to flair up.
I hear - mostly from the older population, that they don't shower everyday because they have dry skin.
NO! You need to get your skin wet daily to get it well moisturized and you will not believe how fantastic your skin will not only feel, but look!
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