The right hand soap for eczema
Yes, it’s really bad to wash your hands with dish soap, especially if you have eczema on your hands, says Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, FL. “Be careful with harsh soaps, especially cleaning products,” he warns. Instead, choose bar soap such as unscented Dove for hand washing, adds Steven Q. Wang, MD, director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, NJ. “These soaps are more gentle than liquid soap and they are not as harsh in stripping away the natural lipids.” And while you are at it, skip the antibacterial products. Take some more tips from the pros and avoid these 10 things dermatologists never use on their hands.
Nettle tea time
Nettle tea offers many benefits, and hand eczema relief is one of them—here are some other benefits of nettle tea to know about. The plant’s antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and pain-relieving abilities can soothe eczema. You can drink the tea or brew a cup, let it cool, and apply the liquid directly to your skin.
A little wax
A paraffin wax bath can be very soothing for dry, irritated hands, Dr. Lio says. Paraffin is a natural emollient that softens and smooths skin. “There are many brands available and most are inexpensive, like Dr. Scholl’s Quick Heat Hand & Foot Wax Paraffin Spa Bath Kit,” he says. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label. Here are some more all-natural solutions for eczema and psoriasis.