Doctors say that while there is no cure for eczema, there are things that you can do to keep your skin smooth and clear and keep outbreaks under control. Here’s what they recommend.
Baths help. Doctors used to tell eczema patients not to bathe frequently. Now many believe that one or two baths or showers a day can be very helpful, says Dr. Leiferman.
Turn down the temp. “Bathe in lukewarm water; it’s less drying than hot water,” says Dr. Kleinsmith.
Take 10. “It’s important to stay in the water for at least 10 to 20 minutes, long enough for your skin to soak up water,” says Dr. Leiferman. “You’ll know that you’ve been in long enough when your skin starts to pucker and crinkle. Your skin cells actually absorb water through their membranes and become hydrated.”