Eczema Care: Household & Laundry Tips
When you have eczema, you have to pay attention to anything that comes into contact with your skin—including fabrics from your clothes and bedding. Always wash your clothes and sheets before using them for the first time and make sure to use fragrance-free, dye-free and hypoallergenic detergents.
For some people almost any brand of detergent that is free of dyes and fragrances will be satisfactory as long as the laundry is rinsed adequately. Some people have additional allergies, which can make even a detergent without dyes and perfumes problematic. It may take some trial and error to find a detergent that works for you.
- Choose products (from detergents to fabric softeners) that are hypoallergenic, free of dyes and fragrances, and formulated for sensitive skin.
- Try liquid products, as they tend to leave fewer residues than powders.
- Consider using a liquid fabric softener. Studies have shown that clothes treated with a fabric softener have a potential benefit for people with sensitive skin.
- Use your washing machine’s second or “extra rinse” setting if it has one.
- Check detergents that are awarded the NEA Seal of Acceptance
Wash new clothes before use
New clothing can sometimes have a finish on it to make it more appealing at the store.
- Wash new clothing, bedding, and cloth napkins before you use them.
- Wash everything your baby comes into contact with (plush toys, bedding, blankets, parent and caregiver clothes, towels) before being used for the first time.
- Consider washing the clothes, bedding, and towels of the person with sensitive skin separately.
Sunscreen for Eczema
It’s important to protect your skin and wear SPF when you have eczema, but you need to know which is the best sunscreen to use. Chemical-based sunscreens can further irritate skin that’s already compromised with eczema. Babo’s mineral sunscreens contain only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, making them safe and non-irritating for eczema-prone skin types.
Some tips in choosing the right sunscreen:
- Mineral based sunscreen ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Zinc Oxide (ZnO)
- Alcohol free
- SPF 30 or greater
- “Broad-spectrum” protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays
Important note: The first time you apply a new product use a small amount (about the size of a pea) to the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow. Do not wash the area for 24-48 hours and watch for any allergic reaction such as redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking etc.
For many families, living with eczema is a reality. It’s important to make smart choices every day on how to treat eczema. Since there’s reason to believe eczema can be triggered by diet, take a closer look at the foods your family is eating. Certain food allergies can trigger an eczema outbreak. If you think diet is to blame for your child’s eczema, it’s important to speak to your doctor.
If you think a food allergy is playing a role in your child’s skin disease, talk with her doctor. Ask if testing is likely to help get her condition under control.
Dr. Amy Myers who treats many adults and children with eczema, believes in eating an anti-inflammatory diet which includes organic fruits and vegetables and pasture-raised meats. If the problem persists, your child may have a food sensitivity.
Try eliminating inflammatory foods such as gluten, corn, soy, and dairy. Focus on adding foods high in antioxidants (found mostly in fruits and vegetables) and anti-inflammatory compounds (found in fatty fish, nuts, avocados, and turmeric, to name a few). Several studies have shown that diets high in fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish are associated with a lower risk for developing eczema, whereas diets high in processed foods increase the risk.
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