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If you discovered our previous post on apple cider vinegar baths for eczema, then you probably already learned that there are several natural alternatives to the typical eczema bleach bath. Aside from apple cider vinegar (that works as an astringent), baking soda can also be a wonderful home remedy for eczema relief.
Baking soda already has a variety of different uses. Besides using it as an odor absorption for fridges, it can be used to remove bacteria and acidity as well.
This makes baking soda for eczema an excellent choice, as it can balance the skin’s pH, reduce skin inflammation, act as a natural antiseptic and can decrease harmful bacteria.
How to Use Baking Soda for Eczema
If you are planning on a baking soda bath for eczema, you’ll want to make sure to run a lukewarm (and not hot) bath. Hot water can actually cause more harm than good for eczema.
Next – add about 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda to the water, a 1/4 cup for smaller children. For all natural, organic baking soda, check out this option.
Once the baking soda completely dissolves, soak in the tub up to 40 minutes.
For an extra soothing treatment, we suggest adding colloidal oatmeal or a mixture like this Conqueror Oatmeal Bath for Eczema that already contains baking soda and colloidal oatmeal! This bath soak also contains dead sea salts and vitamin C that can help regenerate sensitive, dry skin. It can also help fight skin sensitivity and diminishes redness.
If you plan on remaining in the bath to wash yourself, we suggest using a mild soap. This Emily Skin Soothers Liquid Soap Soother helps rinse away toxins and any impurities left on the skin. For a solid soap, make sure to check out this Emily Skin Soothers Soap for Eczema. Get more tips on finding the best eczema soap for your skin.
Lightly exfoliating your eczema is important as well. For tips on how to do this properly (without irritating skin) check out our post: How to Properly Exfoliate Eczema.
Adding candles, music and aromatherapy to your bath can also help produce a relaxing environment and decrease stress than might be causing eczema to flare. Read more about the link between eczema and stress and why it’s important to reduce stress as much as possible.
Tips for After Your Baking Soda Bath
After removing toxins, possibly bacteria, and restoring the skin’s pH, you’ll want to moisturize skin to seal in moisture. This Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream is the perfect nourishing and soothing cream to help with irritation and inflammation. Both manuka oil and honey make it anti-bacterial as well.
Wet and Dry Wrapping
If you find that a baking soda bath isn’t improving your eczema, you might want to research both wet and dry wrapping. Both these processes involve using a moisturizer (like the one above) and eczema wraps like these Remedywear clothes for eczema including these Long Sleeve Shirt for Kids and Long Pants for Kids. All Remedywear clothing is made with TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers that keep skin well protected while calming itching and irritation. Make sure to check out the full line for babies to adults in gloves, socks, pants, tops and more.
Eczema Clothing and Pajamas
Itching overnight is probably every eczema sufferers biggest nightmare. Not only is it difficult to avoid scratching, but skin can become more irritated from every day sheets, pajamas and laundry detergents. For a good night’s sleep, check out these eczema pajamas.
For suggestions on eczema sheets as well as laundry alternatives, check out our post Eczema Sheets and Bedding: Our Top Recommendations and The Benefits.
Other Baking Soda for Eczema Uses
Aside from using baking soda in your bath, you can also turn it into a paste and use as a skin mask. Simply add a few drips of water, add to skin and leave for about 2-3 minutes to let baking soda penetrate the skin. As always, rinse off, gently pat skin dry and apply a natural moisturizer.
Did you know that you could also use baking soda to combat a greasy scalp? Learn all about it in our post How to Treat Your Greasy Scalp: Is Baking Soda Helpful or Hurtful? Just remember that using different shampoos can cause pH levels to change.
Still not seeing improvements to your or your little one’s eczema? As always – we recommend looking into an elimination diet. To learn more about it, make sure to check out our post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do it Too!).
Have you tried a baking soda bath for eczema? Let us know your results in the comments below!
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