There is no easy solution, but the key to overcoming eczema is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Moisturizing works best if applied immediately after bath or shower to seal in the moisture. This moisturizing ritual should be done at least once a day, and I recommend twice for more severe eczema. Moisturizing gets messy, so it’s best to put your child on a towel while you’re slathering him down (or put a towel under yourself). Don’t worry if the towel gets oily – that’s what it’s there for!
- Olive oil with essential oils – We use this the most. We make our own (see below for simple ingredients to make your own)
- Vaniply – We apply this all over with the olive oil.
- Un-petroleum – I use this as an extra for problem spots, but can be used all over. I carry this around with me. I like that this does not contain petroleum.
- Coconut oil – Works well, too, but we tend to use this less often.
These are the products we use for our child’s eczema. This definitely helps maintain her skin, but we also have some prescription steroid ointments when she has flare-ups.
Use cleansers as needed, but don’t overdo it. Cleansers in general are drying to the skin, but these work best if you must use them. Make sure to rinse well!
- For Hair – We used California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash for years. Believe it or not, we’ve started using Head & Shoulders with no reactions whatsoever on my super sensitive-skinned 5 year old.
- For Body – Free and clear liquid cleanser and Dove sensitive skin scent-free bar soaps.
After trying many different types of laundry detergents, including those that are scent-free and hypoallergenic, I have found that Seventh Generation laundry detergent works best for sensitive skin in our family. I prefer the Seventh Generation Eucalyptus Lavender Laundry Detergent.