Troublesome eczema symptoms: 10 simple treatment tips

My 10 top tips for treating eczema with emollients: part two

6. Washing tips

When bathing avoid soaps and bubble baths, very hot water, vigorous rubbing with a towel or staying in longer than 15minutes. All of these things can aggravate the skin more.

7. Soap substitutes

Some emollients can be used as soap substitutes. Don't forget to use them in addition to your usual cream, not instead of.

8. Reduces dryness and itching

Emollient bath products can be very helpful in improving dryness and itching, as well as improving the effectiveness of other products.

9. 30-minute rule

Leave around 30 minutes between applying emollients and any steroid creams. There is no evidence as to which way round is best to apply the various creams, but a gap between the two is advised.

10. Keep using even on 'good' skin days

Don't stop! Even when your skin is 'good' continue to use emollients regularly to reduce future flare-ups.

If you would like to read more about eczema and its treatments visit the National Eczema Society.

Dr Jessica Garner is a GP and health blogger. Visit her blog here, follow @thechattydoctor on twitter or join her on Facebook.


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