Eczema is a skin condition that results in dry, scaly skin, itching and rashes. Severe scratching causes open sores and wounds. The dryness is caused by lack of moisture in the skin. Bathing is a great way to bring the moisture back to your skin. It also helps reduce the presence of bacteria which, when untreated, causes more itching.
As uncomfortable as taking a bath is when you have severe eczema, water is a form of treatment for this type of skin condition. Make sure to bathe with warm or cool water, never hot. Hot water causes dryness of the skin. Also, keep your baths short but thorough. After bathing, gently pat your skin dry. Never scrub your skin with your towel. Immediately apply moisturizer on the skin to keep your skin hydrated.
Bath Soak Treatments
There are many different ‘recipes’ for eczema bath soak treatments. One of the easiest to make is the oatmeal bath treatment. For this recipe you will need only three ingredients: oatmeal, honey and water. To make this bath soak:
- Grind ½ cup of oatmeal using a coffee grinder or food processor.
- Over low heat, gently stir 6 tablespoons of honey and 4 tablespoons of water in a saucepan.
- Pour the syrup in the center of a piece of plastic wrap.
- Pour the oatmeal on top of the syrup.
- Form the mixture into a ball and wrap it with the plastic wrap
- Freeze the oatmeal ball in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
To use this treatment, place the oatmeal ball in the tub with warm water. Stay in the tub for 15 – 20 minutes. Make sure to gently massage the oatmeal mixture unto the affected areas. You can use this treatment daily until your skin heals.
Sea Salt with Essential Oil:
Another type of bath soak treatment for eczema uses sea salt with a little bit of essential oil. Sea salt helps get rid of dead skin cells. It also restores the damaged skin caused by eczema. This mineral rich ingredient reduces pain, hydrates skin tissues and soothes inflammation. Chamomile, calendula, geranium, lavender, bergamot and juniper are some essential oils to choose from.
To bathe in a sea salt bath with essential oil:
- Draw a warm bath and add 1 to 2 cups of sea salt (use the unrefined type).
- Add a few drops (at least 10) of your favorite natural essential oils for a more soothing bath.
- Enjoy soaking in the sea salt bath for at least 15 minutes.
Eczema produces itching, flaking, and scaling. Sometimes, fluid is present in blisters caused by eczema. This makes the condition difficult to deal with. However, there are many treatment options for eczema. Remember that one cause of eczema is the lack of moisture in the skin. Hydration is important through proper bathing with bath soaks as well as drinking plenty of water every day. Eczema is a chronic condition, so make sure to continue moisturizing your skin even after your dry skin heals.