Bathing and Moisturizing

NEA asked this question on Facebook recently: In order for prescription medications to be most effective, a proper bathing and moisturizing regimen is required. What’s your bathing and moisturizing routine? Here’s what people had to say:


SR: Try soaking in a bath for 20 minutes (lukewarm) then immediately apply a moisturizer before drying then allow your skin to air dry. Also fish oil, flax seed oil, any sort of anti-inflammatory oil is beneficial.

GM: Two baths, one in the morning and one before going to bed! I immediately apply a moisturizer followed by Aquaphor Healing Ointment. I apply Curél Itch Defense lotion 3x’s a day or as needed.

WA: We use sunflower oil or Vaseline. Sunflower oil with vitamin E oil provides a moisture barrier with no additives.

EJ: Benadryl before bathing 2x a day. Coconut oil infused Vaseline immediately after bathing before drying off.

JW: Sanex all the way, I totally recommend it.

AS: We bathe only once a week in lukewarm water, no soap, and use Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream 3x a day. Cotton clothes.

MM: Take a bath with Aquaphor and/or Aveeno Eczema Therapy Bath Solution once either in the morning or at night. Immediately after gently patting my daughter dry, I cover her entire body, head and face with coconut oil, then Aveeno Eczema Therapy lotion, and lastly Aquaphor healing ointment. I call it her “triple treat.” I apply a very thin layer of mometasone (prescription) on her cheeks and top it off with Emu oil and Aquaphor Healing ointment. For the areas she has scratched up really bad, like the back of her hands, I use Neosporin and then Aquaphor healing ointment.

TD: I use Aveeno products as I can’t use creams/lotion with liquid paraffin in them.

SS: Shower with cool water and Sebamed body wash, only every other day, and then apply Cetaphil lotion.

KG: Vanicream is the best moisturizer I have ever used.

LM: Tepid bath, coconut oil, and Atarax.

AC: Epsom salt baths as needed. 100% Olive Oil Soap. No commercial moisturizers. Organic coconut oil is great for itch. My skin tells me when I need to put oil on. At the moment I haven’t used any in 2 weeks and my skin is much better. Sudocrem or Desitin for inflamed areas.

SB: Apply prescription cream 3x a day, Avène XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cream 3x a day, and bathe in the evening with XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil and then Vaseline. That’s the routine prescribed by our pediatric dermatologist.

LH: I use tea tree soap in the shower and moisturize with an aqueous cream.

NT: My dermatologist recommended Dove Sensitive Skin Soap.

SS: Shea butter. It moisturizes and evens out the skin.

MG: I started using coconut oil in the shower and then CeraVe once I’m out, It has worked wonders.

BM: I use Dove Sensitive Skin bar soap on my body and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser on my face. After that I pat my body dry and put Aveeno baby lotion and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream on face. If my skin is extra dry, I just ues Vaseline.

LL: Apple Cider Vinegar has helped me so much. I drink two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in one cup of water daily. It’s fast and easy and helps with swelling. I also use tea tree in the shower, then coconut oil and CeraVe for moisture and hydration throughout the day.

ME: My son’s allergist suggested Crisco applied on damp skin lightly 2x daily. Works wonders for him. I use coconut oil the same way for me, because I didn’t respond to the Crisco.

LH: I find that Sudocrem (usually used for diaper rash) is good for the little blisters. And wearing cotton gloves at night.

NB: I bathe with goat’s milk soap only, and apply a cetomacrogol cream: brand Epi-max. I only apply the steroidal ointment when I have an outbreak, which hasn’t happened since I started the goat’s milk soap/Epi-max-cream combo…4 months ago now!

DA: I bathe my one year old once every other day and use Cortisone 10 Intensive Healhing Eczema Lotion twice a day. I also take TruBiotic once a day (I am nursing) and his skin completely cleared up after I started this routine. He stopped scratching completely!

TB: I bathe every other day in a lukewarm oatmeal bath and every other day I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash (with oatmeal) and Shampoo. For my face I use Dove Sensitive Skin Soap. Afterward, I use Aquaphor Ointment on my rough spots and a prescription lotion and ointments if it’s really bad.

NB: We do a Eucerin cream “bath” lathering after bath time every day!!!! Cream is best. When skin flares we do the bleach bath or the vinegar bath or both.

EN: Hydrocortisone cream, generic works just as well, 3x a day. We use Eucerin cream after the hydrocortisone dries.

AL:  Shower favorites include Eucerin shampoo/bath combo. Dove Sensitive Skin products. And I clean the tub with bleach regularly.

PB: Dermal Therapy Extra Strength Body lotion and mometasone ointment.

SS: For my 1-year-old daughter, I try to keep it holistic. She scratches a lot, so I do a bleach bath once a week. I use Dove Sensitive Skin Soap. I started making a sugar scrub and to moisturize and even out the dark marks I use pure Shea Butter 2x a day.

LH: Dead Sea Salts and Oilatum Bath Formula. If I have infected skin, then I also add some Tea Tree or TCP Liquid Antiseptic. If flaking a lot, then I gently rub down with a pumice stone and apply a heavy Epaderm ointment afterwards. If infected or weeping, I add Sudocrem Cream and bandages.

AR: My son scratches until he is raw. We soak him in a quarter cup of mineral oil mixed into a lukewarm bath. Immediately after I put Triamcinolone ointment on flared spots and use a cream in between. Exposure to eggs and animals make it worse, so a flare is triggered by either of those, I use Benadryl too. He takes Atarax to control the itching. Ever since we started this two months ago, he’s so much better!

DT: “Soak & Slather:” 2-3x per week, 20 minute soak in the tub, followed by Triamcinolone Cream (Rx) on damp skin.

SZ: Alternate showers and baths. When it’s a bath I use either Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment or baby oil in a luke warm tub. Then slather after with Aquaphor and steroid cream as needed.

AL: Vanicream soap, water that is not too hot, Vanicream lotion after patting dry. My son uses RoBathol Bath Oil mixed with water in a spray bottle after showering when he has a flare before lathering on the lotion as well!

KW: Tea tree oil and mild soap keeps it at bay.

CL: My routine is to use Dove Sensitive Skin Soap and Ulta Sugar Scrub in the shower, Cetaphil lotion in all my soap dispensers, and Eucerin Eczema Relief Body Creme after every shower for my hands. If fingers crack, I use a small amount of Betamethasone Dipropionate cream on the area with a Band-Aid over it overnight.

LJ: My almost 7 month old has eczema. We bathe every other day or so (depends on how dirty she gets) with Aquaphor Cleanser or Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment. Then we slather on the Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream afterward. We use coconut oil every day as needed. She hasn’t had a breakout in a couple months. We also try to make sure she doesn’t get too hot. We think getting overheated is one of her triggers.

TQ: Suave shampoo head to toe in the shower and then I moisturize with plain old Vaseline. NOTHING ELSE…EVER. I never use soap in public restrooms or any kind of anti-bacterial soap. I keep the shampoo and Vaseline in the bathroom and at work and in the kitchen.

HS: My daughter has had severe eczema for four years and we’ve tried everything, from natural alternatives to medications. I use a bath oil every night then apply Celestone cream and Elocon if needed, then ointment and wrap the whole body if flared, or just hands and feet, and apply a moisturizer to unaffected areas.