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There are certain triggers that can cause flare ups of your eczema symptoms. These triggers often vary from person to person, but one that is extremely common is the use of chemicals on the skin in the form of detergents, soaps and toiletries. We hope you’ll find the following tips useful if you or your child is affected by these types of products.

Soaps and Detergents

When your skin is put into contact with soaps and detergents the natural oils are removed. As a result many people experience reactions in varying degrees. Even those without eczema often experience itching and slight redness. There are ways you can help to reduce contact with these triggers such as:
  • Avoid using soaps, shower gels and bubble baths altogether, choosing an emollient as an alternative. Speak to your GP or pharmacist as they will be able to recommend suitable products to use.
  • Always protect your hands with suitable gloves when you need to use chemicals or detergents at work or in the home. The gloves should be lined with cotton and made from a material that you’re not sensitive too.
  • Rinse clothes that have been washed in detergent thoroughly before drying. An extra hard spin or rinse with cold water can help to remove more of the residue on the clothing.
  • Biological detergents are especially harsh on the skin so avoid using them altogether.
  • Use our specially formulated laundry detergent for eczema and psoriasis.
  • Young children only need to have a bath once or twice a week using warm water. Clean their hands, face and bottom daily using a suitable product or just water on cotton balls for babies.
  • Use products that are fragrance free.
  • Moisturise well after exposure to soaps and detergents. Smother your skin in your usual moisturising product and wear your Skinnies Viscose therapeutic clothing, ideal for using with creams and salves.
It helps to become aware of what could be causing your own flare ups so you’re better able to prevent your symptoms from worsening. Keeping a diary and make a note of any new products you try, recording the affect they have on your skin.