Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by itchy, inflamed, and dry patches on the skin, and can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment. While there are several treatments available for eczema, some people have found relief in not using soap when bathing.
Bathing without soap may seem counterintuitive, as soap is often associated with cleanliness. However, for people with eczema, traditional soap can actually exacerbate the condition. This is because many soaps contain harsh ingredients that can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and more prone to irritation. Additionally, some people may be allergic or sensitive to the fragrances and other chemicals in soap, which can trigger eczema flare-ups.
If you can see the water become droplets on your skin, then it is a good sign that your skin barrier is intact and the lipids of the skin repels water. A dry skin will instead soak up the water and you will see little or no droplets.
So bathing without soap can help to soothe and heal eczema-prone skin. By avoiding soap, the skin is allowed to retain its natural oils and moisture, which can help to prevent dryness and irritation. Additionally, bathing in lukewarm water can help to hydrate the skin, promote healing, and relieve itching and inflammation.
If you are considering bathing without soap to help manage your eczema, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to use lukewarm water, as hot water can further dry out the skin and exacerbate eczema symptoms. You may also want to consider adding colloidal oatmeal or baking soda to your bathwater, as these can help to soothe and calm the skin. Of cause, this will only be beneficial if you are bathing in a bathtub. In the shower I recommend using a washcloth and/or fine salt in a plastic jar.
After bathing, it’s important to pat your skin dry with a soft towel, rather than rubbing vigorously. This can help to prevent further irritation and dryness. You may also want to apply a gentle moisturizer to your skin, such as petroleum jelly or a fragrance-free lotion.
While bathing without soap may not be a cure-all for eczema, it can be a helpful addition to your overall eczema management plan. If you are experiencing persistent or severe eczema symptoms, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. With proper care and management, however, it is possible to find relief from eczema and enjoy healthy, comfortable skin.