Bleach has a bad reputation, especially in the connection to the skin. However, recently, people in support of home remedies have started using bleach baths as a way to minimize the symptoms of eczema. Because bleach naturally kills bacteria, and eczema is irritated by bacteria on the skin, using bleach can lessen itching and redness associated with bacteria. When used correctly, bleach baths have proven to help fight eczema symptoms, but should not be considered a cure to the disorder.
While the red, dry patches of eczema can be painful and embarrassing, the worst part of eczema is the itchiness. Trying not to scratch is almost impossible, especially when the skin is effected for long periods of times. When a person scratches the spots of eczema, little cuts and abrasions are made, allowing bacteria into the infected area. Not only does bacteria boost the intensity of eczema, it also increases the itchiness. Unfortunately, many of the ointments provided to treat eczema don’t actually kill the bacteria, making future outbreaks very likely.
Bleach kills the bacteria on the skin that can aggravate eczema and increase itchiness. Used with prescribed medications and moisturizers, bleach baths can help those who suffer from eczema heal faster. A despite its bad reputation, using the small amount needed for a bath, bleach won’t harm the skin.
As mentioned above, very little bleach needs to be used to create an effective bleach bath. A quarter to a half cup of bleach in a full tub is all that is needed. The bleach should be so diluted that the water doesn’t even smell of bleach. Soaking in a bleach bath for ten minutes is all that is needed to kill the bacteria on the skin.
Bleach baths should only be used if the eczema is located below the neck. Even though the bleach won’t harm the skin, it is dangerous to get it too close to the face. Parents should speak with a dermatologist before attempting to give their child a bleach bath. A dermatologist will be able to advise parents on exactly what kind and how much bleach should be used for their child. Everyone’s skin is different, so a professional can give a more detailed plan on what will be best for the child’s specific skin type.
After soaking for ten minutes in the bath, the body should be dried off immediately. Old towels should be used, just in case the bleach causes discoloration. Even though the bleach shouldn’t dry out the skin, it works best when lotions or oils are added immediately after the bath. This will add a layer of protection to the skin and help keep it soft and moisturized.
Important Steps of Bleach Bath Therapy
If your child’s doctor recommend bleach baths, please check the above video made by American Academy of Dermatology.