Using steroid ointments like Hydrocortisone often caused dry skin, I know this from experience.
I also know from experience that bar soaps worsen this problem by causing even DRYER skin. This extends to other cheaply, mass produced commercial soaps that contain different harsh chemicals. These soap or soap gels can be a great source of itch and irritation for people with Eczema or sensitive skin.
Eczema is a skin condition when there is a problem with the barrier structure of the skin, leaving it dry and inflamed. The causes of Eczema may be genetic.
Water is lost unnaturally causing cracked and dry skin, this makes it extra sensitive to most commercial soaps which tend to dry the skin or have certain synthetic molecules which fall between the cracks and cause irritation.
Choosing the right soap is essential. You don’t want it to even get worst, which is what a lot of commercial soaps end up doing.
Table of Contents
- 1 Which Soaps are Bad?
- 2 The Best Soap for Eczema
- 2.1 Puracy Natural Body Wash
- 2.2 Polytar Soap
- 2.3 One with Nature Dead Sea Mineral Soap
- 2.4 Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment
- 2.5 Sheamoisture Eczema and Psoriasis
- 2.6 Pyrithione DermaHarmony 2%
- 2.7 Noble Formula 2%
- 2.8 Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash
- 2.9 Cetaphil Cleanser
Which Soaps are Bad?
Just like with diet for eczema, the most basic thing is just to look at the ingredients list with incredible scrutiny.
Mostly avoid things with fragrances and other artificial substances that may serve as irritants.
As a general rule of thumb, if it is rather generic like “best lemon body wash” or a brand not known specficially for sensitive skin, it will irritate and make your skin dryer.
People with Eczema should use soaps that are SPECIFICALLY designed for troubled, sensitive and dry skin.
Another general rule of thumb is that organic products are better, but this is just general as the label “organic” does not always mean 100% natural, and some natural ingredients can irritate too.
Here are what I think are some of the best soaps to help with Eczema.
The Best Soap for Eczema
I tend to like products that is also moisturizing, in fact, a good tip is to use moisturizer once in the middle of your shower or bath all over your skin.
Basically being in a bath and shower wilnaturallyal make your skin dryer afterwards because of evaporation from the skin after your shower. This is why choosing a moisturizing and none irritant soap is so important.
There are tons of products on the market, so I can’t try and cover them all, but these are the ones I like, with my favorite at number 1.
I include a variety of different soaps that achieve different goals, and whether you like a gel based soap or the old fashioned block.
Created by doctors with an amazing formula. This shower gel is convenient and has no sulfates. Only natural preservatives and a special fragrance profile that makes it light on the skin.
Coconut based cleanser that creates foam. It also moisturizes nicely due to hydration chemicals. It is more pricey than some of the other option heres, but the quality ingredients are worth it. It also has sea salt and this smells GREAT.
The most underrated and unknown thing with Eczema treatments is POLYTAR. This formula is so unknown that it is actually hard to buy it now, but tar minerals aka Polytar is a amazing concoction of ingredients especially for severe Eczema.
It is included in this list, because Polytar has saved me during bouts of terrible Eczema and continues to be effective today. Why it has never catched on is probably the lack of marketing dollars and corporate interests, but otherwise Polytar is really worth checking out for bad eczema that refuses to go away.
Dead sea salt and minerals is great for Eczema, it is antibacterial and really helps healing Eczema. This is a bar soap with Argan Oil and Shea Butter both works very well with Eczema.
It uses genuine dead sea minerals. You can also just by dead sea bath salts and just bath in them. Dead sea minerals are very effective for rashes, and it is highly recommended to at least try once. At the very least it seems to leave your skin feeling refreshed and radiant.
Let’s face it this works for adults too. If you haven’t heard of Aveeno yet, they are a very popular brand within the Eczema community. This is because they primarily use natural colloidal oatmeal in their products, which as an active chemical really helps with Eczema. This soap is no different, it is of course hypoallergenic.
This is a very popular formula with rave reviews. It is particular moisturiser because of it’s focus on Shea Butter. As we get older, the skin tends to be filled with layers of dryer and more dead skin cells, therefore a soap with a great degree of moisturization is necessary.
If your problem with soaps is very dry skin, this one is worth a try.
This is one of the two soaps here with Pyrithione Zinc. If your Eczema is very troublesome and reoccurring, meaning it’s more on the severe side with lots of flaking, redness, etc. It is likely you are stuck in the never ending itch cycle.
Pyrithione Zinc is a type of zinc with antifungal and antibacterial properties. Why is this so important for chronic Eczema sufferers? The bacteria and fungus is a huge part of the equation of why Eczema gets worst and worst, and keep reoccuring after you scratch it.
This soap has nothing else in it, if you want emu oil and oatmeal as well, check out Noble Formula below.
Same as above. This soap bar uses emu oil and exfoliating oatmeal instead. My recommendation is pick one of the bar soaps and use it with the Cetaphil cleanser which leaves a protective layer after using it. Especially if you don’t have an antibacterial solution at the moment.
This is the Cetaphil calming body wash that works for many people. It has a Eczema specific formula that helps support the skin’s natural barrier. It works very well, but I think the Cetaphil Cleanser works better. This could just be personal preference. This product uses patented ceramide technology that helps the skin retain moisture.
This reason this comes number 1, is Cetaphil’s cleanser is less abrasive than other soaps and works great as a soap for your entire body. The most important point is that it leaves a protective layer of emollients on your skin after washing off, which greatly reduces itching after shower or bath. This makes it my top choice as soap for Eczema
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