the SKINny girl

living with eczema, allergies and other skin issues

Key Therapy Points for Patients with Atopic Eczema

This is taken from a sheet given to me by my allergist. I personally do not recommend topical steroids because they have not worked for me and they thin the skin. Before using any lotions, creams, moisturizers and cleansers, make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. This will save you further skin irritation.

Steps For Good Daily Skin Care! Soak and Seal!

  1. Take at least one bath or shower per day. Use warm, not hot, water for at least 15-20 minutes. Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth.
  2. Use a gentle cleansing bar or wash such as Dove, Oil of Olay, Eucerin, Basis, Cetaphil, Aveeno or Oilatum. During a severe flare, you may choose to limit the use of cleansers to avoid possible irritation.
  3. Gently pat away excess water (within 3 minutes of a bath or shower). Apply the moisturizer or the special skin medications prescribed for you onto your damp skin. this will seal in the water and make the skin less dry and itchy.
  4. Apply your special skin medications to the areas affected with rash that is red and/or scaly. The most common skin medications used to treat the skin inflammation are topical steroids or topical immunomodulators (TIMS). Used correctly, these medications are safe and effective.
  5. Apply your moisturizer everywhere on your skin which has not received medication. Specific occlusives or moisturizers will be individually recommended for you. Moisturizers are available in many forms. Creams and ointments are more beneficial than lotions. Vaseline is a good occlusive preparation to seal in the water; however, it contains no water so it only works effectively after a soaking bath. Recommended moisturizers include Aquaphor Ointment, Eucerin Creme, Vanicream, Cetaphil Cream or Moisturel Cream.
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