- A shower is better tolerated than a bath.
- Use natural cosmetics, avoid using soaps and shampoos containing artificial pigments and fragrant substances.
- After a bath, it is better to dry the skin by gently touching it with a towel rather than intensively rubbing it – you will avoid excessive dryness and additional damage in this manner.
LUBRICATING AND MOISTURISING OF THE SKIN
You must remember about proper skin care at all times. It is essential to use moisturisers and lubricants for baths and on the skin after baths. Preferably, use them directly after the bath when the skin is still slightly wet.
Use cosmetics which protect the skin against excessive water loss and reinforce its lipid barrier. Their effect normally lasts for several hours. Therefore, the skin treatment should be repeated. Proper lubrication and moisture of the skin should be maintained.
DEALING WITH TROUBLESOME ITCH
- Constant scratching of the atopic skin may lead to occurrence of excoriation or bacterial infection. Skin itch is normally associated with its dryness, but in some persons with AD the skin itches despite its seemingly good condition. Troublesome itch largely lessens the quality of life and may lead to complications. Therefore, it absolutely requires treatment. Very often, prescription-only-medicine is necessary. In the case of a bacterial infection, application of an antibiotic might seem necessary.
- Stressful situations might intensify itch. Therefore, mental comfort and avoiding emotionally difficult situations are indispensable.
- Suitable clothes will help to avoid excessive itch.
- Avoid clothes which may irritate the skin, especially those made from artificial materials.
- Use loose-fitting materials (e.g. cotton) so the skin breathes freely. Special clothes from materials manufactured using a technology that reduces the risk of skin allergic reactions are available in the market.