I’ve always had eczema. Severely dry, red, flaky, itchy, nasty looking skin. Even after using topical steroids, the scars of eczema remain as dark brown patches on my skin. It seems like my condition will never go away, but I have made some major changes which have really helped with eczema. Here’s one: I have given up soap for daily bathing.
Why? The head dermatologist at my local Kaiser suggested to try it out after several unsuccessful treatments for what turned out to be contact eczema.
When? Going on about 6 months now.
Result? I feel “cleaner”, go figure! I don’t know if we really need to remove these natural oils that our skin works so hard to produce. It almost seems like I was washing my skin off with soap. I had a case of contact eczema which went away pretty quickly after ditching daily soap, however the typical eczema is still around. It isn’t nearly as bad now compared to before. The daily routine now includes no soap or lotion. It’s so easy to travel now!
And nobody else knows but me. And you. Give it a shot for a few months. It can’t really hurt to try it out… you will be saving your precious skin, time, and money! It’ll be our dirty little secret.