Basics of Moisturizing

TAKE AT LEAST ONE BATH OR SHOWER PER DAY

Use warm, not hot, water for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid scrubbing your skin with a washcloth.

WHILE YOUR SKIN IS STILL WET

(within three minutes of taking a bath or shower), apply any special skin medications prescribed for you and then liberally apply a moisturizer. This will seal in the water and make the skin less dry and itchy.

BE SURE TO APPLY ANY SPECIAL SKIN MEDICATIONS TO AREAS AFFECTED WITH ECZEMA BEFORE MOISTURIZING

The most common skin medications used to treat skin inflammation are prescription and non-prescription topical steroids or prescription topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs). Be sure to use these medications as directed. Remember that TCIs can sting if applied to wet skin, so apply a thin coat to affected areas only.

BE SURE TO APPLY MOISTURIZER ON ALL AREAS OF YOUR SKIN WHETHER IT HAS OR HAS NOT BEEN TREATED WITH MEDICATION

Specific occlusives or moisturizers may be individually recommended for you.

MOISTURIZERS ARE AVAILABLE IN MANY FORMS

Creams and ointments are more beneficial than lotions. Petroleum jelly is a good occlusive preparation to seal in the water; however, since it contains no water it works best after a soaking bath.

DO NOT completely dry your skin after your shower or bath. Instead, pat yourself lightly with a towel if needed.