When you suffer from eczema, even simple things like showering can require extra thought and consideration. Suddenly, you have to think about how long you shower, the products you use, the best way to dry yourself, and how hot or cold your water should be. Phew – that’s a lot!
If the thought of this is overwhelming, don’t worry. In this post, we explore the best eczema shower routine so you can wash without the worry. Read on!
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
Is a Bath or Shower Better?
Debating between whether a bath or shower is better for your eczema? Both are equally effective in keeping the skin barrier healthy, however, showers may pose less of a risk for a flare up than a bath. This is because showers tend to be shorter than baths.
If you can reduce shower and bathing times to no more than 15 minutes, the water from either a shower or bath will not strip away the skin’s natural oils and sebum.
How Long and Often should I Shower?
We recommend you keep your showers between 10 and 15 minutes. If you have eczema, shower less when you are in the middle of a flare up. You should also limit the use of cleansers to avoid further aggravating your skin. Aim to have shorter showers and baths daily.
Hot or Cold Water?
A shower or bath that’s too hot or too cold is not good for eczema-prone skin. Rather, you want to aim for lukewarm water.
We know what you’re thinking: ‘But a hot shower feels so good!’
Yes, it certainly feels good in the moment! But afterwards, your skin may become even more irritated than before. This is because long exposure to water can further dry out the skin and strip it of essential oils that disrupt the outer layer of skin.
To replenish moisture content and prevent the skin from becoming dry and irritated, make sure you moisturize immediately afterwards.
The Best Natural Products for Sensitive Skin
Now for the fun stuff! We’ll share the best natural products to clean and soften your skin without irritating it.
This Liquid Soap Soother is made using the principles of Chinese medicine. You can also try this body wash as a natural shampoo for seborrheic dermatitis or eczema of the scalp.
Draw up a bath and relax in this Conqueror Oatmeal Bath for Eczema. Free from parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, dyes, petrochemicals, and mineral oils, it’s a gentle remedy that soothes itchy, red, and cracked skin like a dream. Rich in beta-glucans, this gentle bath soak also helps diminish visible redness and fight skin sensitivity.
Looking for the best eczema shower soap? Check out our Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap. Coconut and sunflower oil, combined with shea butter, make for one nourishing, cleansing lather. It’s a wonderful choice for babies and adults with even the most delicate skin. Feel free to try it as a hand soap throughout the day or as a full body soap.
Last but not least, our Tallow Skincare Bundle makes for the perfect natural bathing kit. It includes the softest of soaps and a super gentle tallow balm renowned for its antimicrobial and antioxidants properties.
Showering and Bathing Tips
- Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth or loofah as this can lead to increased irritation
- Pat your skin dry with a towel to avoid harsh rubbing
- Take at least one bath or shower a day
- Reduce shower times to 10-15 minutes
- Apply a natural moisturizer within 3 minutes after washing. This helps replenish lost moisture
- Test the temperature before you get in to make sure it’s lukewarm
- The best eczema shower head uses a filter to chlorinated tap water from irritating the skin
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.