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