As I was going through my eczema flare up, I took a dead sea salt bath morning and evening to get relief. It was only when I saw a private skin specialist, that she told me I was drying my skin out and should cut the frequency of my baths.
I then started having my bath every other day and as my skin got better, every two days.
Here is my skin bathing method which is useful for preventing skin infection:
You will need olive oil, shea butter, 1kg packet of Dead Sea Salts and also 1 cup of ground oats.
- Put some olive oil in your hand with shea butter and massage into your skin.
- Run your bath with lukewarm water.
- Add all the contents of the salts packet to the bath water.
- Add the oats.
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the water
- Soak in the bath for up to half an hour.
- Do not pat dry after your bath – allow your skin to air dry.
- Repeat Step 1.
The sea salts cleans and disinfects your skin and moisturises it too. Note that you should not use soap on eczematous skin as it will dry out your skin and leave it very itchy.
The oats has a quality about it that relieves your skin from itching. It also calms red, inflamed skin.
Shea butter prevents your skin from scarring as well as moisturises your skin. You will be able to find shea butter from either African shops or online.
If you have scratched your skin til it bleeds, you may need to massage your skin with aloe vera gelly that will heal your wounds and prevent from scarring. It also has the added quality of relieving the itch. Remember, aloe gelly first, then olive oil and shea butter.
If your clothes wick off the oil, you may need to ask your doctor to prescribe Tubifast bandages for your arms, torso and legs. It comes in different sizes, so you may need to check with the chemist to order the right size. These bandages are washable and can be used over and over.
Personally, I made a moisturising butter with melted coconut oil and shea butter instead of olive oil. You may have to do a small patch first to see whether you are allergic to coconut oil. My face was sensitive to coconut oil, but the rest of my body was fine.