SLIDESHOW – Top 10 Tips to Combat Eczema

It seems like we have a constant ongoing battle with eczema in my household. Before my son was diagnosed with his multiple food allergies, he was covered in red oozing rashes from head to toe. His skin has improved dramatically since we eliminated his allergens from his diet, but every now and then he gets eczema flare ups, especially in the cold, dry winters.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are easy to prepare and can provide a lot of comfort during severe eczema flare-ups. Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. To prepare an Epsom salt bath, simply add 1 to 3 cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath water and dissolve. You can also add drops of tea tree oil or essential oils (such as lavender) to your bath water.

Use Gentle Soap

Select an unscented soap that has few ingredients and is formulated for sensitive skin and eczema.

Use A Thick Moisturizing Barrier Cream

Lotions can help lock water into skin, repair damaged skin, reduce dryness and itching, and provide a barrier for the skin.

Moisturize Immediately After Bathing

The best time to apply moisturizing cream is right after a bath or shower to trap in moisture.

Moisturize Often

Keep travel sized lotion with you and take care of problem spots often.

Keep Hydrated

Drink water.

Keep Your Environment Humid

Use a humidifier.

Wear Soft Breatheable Natural Fabrics

Cotton, silk and bamboo are my favorites.

Use Mild Laundry Detergent

Perfumes and dyes that can irritate sensitive skin.

Keep Nails Short

Minimize damage for the times when you can't help but scratch the itch.