Allergy & Asthma Associates-Patient Education
TIPS FOR DRY SKIN-(Eczema! Atopic Dermatitis)
- Bathe or shower with lukewarm water (hot water can cause your skin to
lose moisture and become dry).
- Soaking 20 minutes in water often will help rehydrate your skin.
- Use unscented Dove soap (or none at all), because soap can be very
- Moisturize your skin several times a day and remember that ointments
are the best (followed in beneficial order by a creams and then lotion, which can actually
be bad for your skin).
- Recommended moisturizers include Cetaphil, Eucerin, Aquaphor,
Valli-cream. Vaseline is also useful. It is best to moisturize your skin immediately after
a bath do not fully dry your body so that the water will be absorbed in your skin. Pat
yourself dry, don't rub, and then apply Vaseline or ointment within a few minutes of
stepping out of the bath.
- Use your moisturizer one to two (or more) times during the day.
- Try to avoid scratching your skin; this will only make you itch more.
- Antihistamines may help curb the itch.
- Soft natural fabrics such as 100% cotton or silk are the best for
you, wools and other scratchy materials should be avoided.
- Mild soaps and detergents should be used for washing your clothes. A
void bleach, softeners and dryer sheets. "All Clear" is a mild detergent.