Eczema and psoriasis often flare up in the winter due to the dry air. Less humidity in the hair means less moisture getting to your skin throughout the day which can cause your skin to flare. You can also develop eczema as an adult and the onset is often usually during a season when the humidity levels are low. The flare up is caused by the low ceramides levels of your skin.
Once you’ve found the lotion that works best for your eczema or psorasis (be sure to check out the ones we recommend in Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes: The Best Lotions For Extremely Dry Skin), you may find that you still need another layer of protection. You can do this two ways–with an eczema calming formulated bodywash or bath or with an oatmeal mask (like the Oatmeal, Rosewater And Aloe Eczema Calming Mask we created).
Taking a bath allows you to soak your skin in goodness. Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment is one of the best oatmeal baths you can buy. The bath calms your skin whether you suffering from eczema or irritations like poison ivy or even sunburn. Simply soak in the colloidal oatmeal bath for 15 to 20 minutes to help soothe your skin and calm the itch. The powder is made of 100 percent pure colloidal oatmeal and relieves itch. Though colloidal oatmeal is just oats ground into an extremely fine powder, colloidal oatmeal should not be eaten since it’s not marked for consumption.
To take the bath up a level, you can mix in up to half or equal amounts of bentonite clay to enhance the skin soothing properties. The calcium in the bentonite clay is said to help to soothe skin as well and has been thought to extend or amplify the effects of the colloidal oatmeal.
HOW TO DO AN OATMEAL BATH FOR ECZEMA
To use the mixture as a bath soak, just pour the powder in your bath without adding any bubble bath. You can also turn the mixture into a simple mask with just the oatmeal and the bentonite and a little Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner or try our Oatmeal, Rosewater And Aloe Eczema Calming Mask that you can use on your face or body.
As for body washes in the shower, you can try Natralia Eczema and Psoriasis Wash, Avene Antirougeurs Redness Relief Dermo-Cleansing Milk (which is a face wash) and Provent Eczema and Psoriasis Care All Natural Spray which is an organic, non-steroidal spray designed for sensitive skin.