There are several simple bath treatment for eczema which can be easily prepared to bring relief to your skin. To look forward to an effective bath treatment, typically you will need to try different itch relieving methods and find one that works for you. Base on National Eczema Organization, they have suggested several bath treatments :
Adding colloidal oatmeal to your bath or applying it to the skin directly in the form of a paste, is a common treatment used to help relieve itching. Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. I decided to try it at home since it can be made using organic rolled oats. I used the food processor to blend the rolled oats into small bits, almost powder like form.
Since I didn’t have a tub, I filled my pail with lukewarm to normal temperature water and added 1 cup full of colloidal oatmeal. The pail felt a little slippery from the oat milk that came out as I stirred the oat clusters/powder. Then I soaked both legs in for about 5-10 minutes. To keep the goodness in, I gently pat dry with a soft towel. It felt like a thin layer of coating on my skin. I did this typically after a quick shower. My skin typically felt softer and smoother and slightly less itchy.
However, I felt that it would be more useful if I could find small convenient packed colloidal oatmeal to save me the trouble of blending and then cleaning up the powder from the pail and shower area.
In severe eczema with broken skin, it tends to attract bacteria and sea salt in the bath water can help to kill bacteria. I used dead sea salt because it is naturally rich in minerals. The balance of the salts in Dead Sea water are magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides. Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture, and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high-quality sea salt could replenish the minerals that are critical to our skin metabolism.
I used dead sea salt in my bath during my initial topical steroid withdrawal stage when I had a lot of broken skin. The recommendation is to dilute 1 cup of dead sea salt in 1 bath tub of lukewarm water. I found it stinging initially but after enduring the initial stinging phase, it dulls down. I used the dead sea salt water as last few rinse after soaking for a couple of minutes. Since I needed quite a significant amount of dead sea salt at every session, the most economical was to buy a big pack via Iherb.
Baking Soda Bath
Adding a quarter-cup of baking soda to your bath or applying it to the skin directly in the form of a paste, is another common treatment used to help relieve itching. Baking soda has a soothing effect due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it acts as a natural acid neutralizer that helps relieve itching. Add one cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water. Do note that baking soda and baking powder are different. Baking soda can be easily found at the baking section of the supermarket.
A mild bleach and water solution helps decrease bacteria on the skin, which can lead to skin infections. Use a half-cup of household bleach for a full tub of water, one-quarter cup for a half tub. Soak up to 10 minutes, then rinse off. Best when done two to three times per week.
Bleach is a strong chemical so I would strongly suggest to do a small patch test first at your elbow before you soak your whole body. I personally have not tried this because it is after all a chemical and thus, I worry it may not be good for my sensitive skin.
Bath oil baths
Using gentle oils in your bath water can help keep you moisturized. Be sure to use oils that do not contain fragrances or bubble bath solutions that could further irritate your skin. Be careful — oils can make the tub very slippery.
I have tried dropping in about 5 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of olive or coconut oil in my bath. It does give my skin a silky oily feel and retains the natural moisture of my skin longer. Tea tree oil is a very effective and natural antiseptic, but you need to ensure you don’t put too much else it may aggravate your skin.
I hope the above bath treatment remedies from the National eczema association will help you find more relief from the itching. Have you tried any of them before? Share your experience in the comments below.