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By Laura Dolgy (bio below)
As an eczema sufferer, you probably already know how difficult it can be to find a natural body wash that does not exacerbate your eczema symptoms. There are so many different types of body washes on the market, but what should you keep in mind when purchasing your next body wash?
This week, we discuss the best natural body wash for eczema, as well as potentially toxic ingredients to avoid.
Please keep in mind that although these treatments can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
The Best Natural Body Wash For Eczema
It’s difficult to find body washes that are sensitive enough for eczema prone skin, when there are so many variations on the market. It seems that today, every body wash incorporates some form of “natural” ingredients, but how do you really know when a product is safe for your eczema prone skin?
We’re here to help! These natural body washes are the perfect alternatives to products on the market that may include harsh chemicals, parabens and more.
Emily Skin Soothers Liquid Wash Soother
This natural body wash for eczema is a great choice as it’s made specifically with Chinese herbs that are both rich and moisturizing, so it not only cleans, but treats the skin as well. This liquid was will also not strip skin of moisture like many other harsh body washes on the market.
Free of artificial colors, made from certified sustainable palm oil, GMO free and safe for babies, this body wash is our top pick for anyone with eczema. In fact – the creator of Emily Skin Soothers is an acupuncturist and made this wash (and his other products) to calm his own child’s eczema when she was an infant.
Use this therapeutic wash either in the shower or bath, but always avoid hot water with any body wash. Lathering gently with lukewarm water is always best for eczema – hot water can dry out and further irritate your skin.
If you are looking for a body wash that is super gentle, super simple and that won’t irritate skin further, try a liquid castille wash like Cove’s Castille Soap that includes Organic Argan, Hemp and Jojoba oils. Not only is it packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, but the olive oil offers a soothing and moisturizing body wash.
Body Wash for Babies and Toddlers
Are you searching for a gentle cleanser specifically for your little one? All the body washes and washes in this range are safe for babies, but sometimes there is a reassurance in using something made specifically with babies in mind. If that sounds familiar, then make sure to check out this thinkbaby Body Wash that also doubles up as a shampoo. This wash is free of parabens as well as other harmful ingredients and is also tear free! It will keep your little one’s skin clean without further irritation.
What Types of Body Washes to Avoid
As previously mentioned, there are several body washes on the market that should be avoided when suffering from eczema. These are washes that you can find either at the grocery store or pharmacy and claim to be natural when in fact they use a variety of harsh and possibly dangerous chemicals.
Some ingredients you should always avoid when searching for body washes are Diethanolamine, Monoethanolamine and Triethanolamine, commonly referred to as DEAs. These harmful ingredients are usually added to either creamy or sudsy washes and have been classified as causing potential harm to one’s health from prolonged exposure.
It’s also important to try and stay away from fragrances or dyes, as these chemicals can several exacerbate eczema.
For other ingredients to avoid in body washes and other skin care products, make sure to check out our blog post: 13 Skincare Ingredients & Eczema Irritants You Need to Avoid Right Now.
Alternatives to Body Washes
Pine Tar Soap
Another great body wash for eczema is this Pine Tar Soap that is an excellent treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Not only is pine tar known for being wound healing with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, but both coal tar (toxic, stay away!) and pine tar have been shown to slow down the rapid growth of skin cells and restore the skin’s appearance. It is also great at reducing inflammation, itching and scaling for psoriasis.
Similarly to the Emily Skin Soothers, this Pine Tar is GMO free. It is also made with the highest grade kiln burned pine tar, does not contain creosote and handcrafted in the USA.
Like other soaps, make sure to use it with lukewarm water, so that your skin can really benefit from the soap’s rich ingredients.
Emily Skin Soothers Bar Soap For Eczema
For those that are not too fond of a liquid body wash, make sure to check out the Emily Skin Soothers’s bar soap equivalent to the body wash above, Emily’s Bar Soap for Eczema. This soap is perfect for cleaning in the shower or hand washing.
Similarly to the body wash, there’s no added color or fragrance, as well as no parabens or harmful ingredients.
Curious to learn more about gentle cleansing options, read our post What Is The Best Eczema Soap?
Looking for more information about eczema, check out our complete list of our most informational posts in Start Here for Eczema Relief.
What body washes do you use for your eczema? Share with us in the comments section below!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.