Often, I come across an advice that sounds contradictory when it comes to eczema treatment. I believe that various studies show different results as the mode, method, audience, location, and even the context of the study is usually different, so the results also tend to be different.
However, I’ve put together a list of common conundrums parents face when hearing about different eczema treatment methods of best practices.
To bathe or to not Bathe?
Most recent studies show that bathing kids with eczema is better, as it cleanses, and replenishes the skin. However, make sure that:
To Use Soap or Not?
Most soaps and cosmetics are closer to 8-10 PH, which is alkaline. The use of soaps, water, creams and makeup on the skin can alter its pH considerably. Washing skin with a soap and water may change the skin’s pH by up to 2 points making it more alkaline and it may take over 6 hours to return back to normal baseline.
So, use cleansers, instead of soaps, to clean the body, which help maintain the PH balance of your skin and helps in eczema treatment effectively.
Go in the Sun or Not?
This one is a little tricky because we often hear that eczema skin is dry, which causes flare-ups. However, it’s also proven that humidity can cause flare ups as well.
In my personal experience, flare-ups get worse when it’s both, hot and humid. If it’s a cold rainy day, skin flares get better. “Go to Hawaii” is what we often hear, but when I took my son to Hawaii, my son’s eczema was worse because it was hot and humid.
So, yes, humidity helps if the heat factor doesn’t play a role.
For those who always live in “semi” hot weather, it’s difficult to not turn on the AC in summer. Although, heat makes eczema worse, so does dry air. So, turning on the AC always does harm if the skin is not properly moisturized. My recommendations are:
Moisturize even more if the AC is on, however, do turn on the AC if it’s hot
Use cool mist humidifier to put some moisture back in the air.
As with everything related to managing eczema, finding the right strategy for eczema treatment also varies person to person. Each eczema patient has a different tolerance level for different factors, so it’s important to recognize yours!