Atopic Dermatitis Skin Care
Proper atopic dermatitis skin care is critical in order to protect the skin, reduce flareups, and promote healing. Bathing in lukewarm water, letting the skin air-dry, and then applying lubrication in the form of creams or ointments are good skin care techniques. Inspecting the skin carefully for recurring infections is another important aspect of atopic dermatitis skin care.
It is important for people living with atopic dermatitis to focus on healing the skin and keeping it healthy, which will prevent further damage. Developing and maintaining a daily skin care routine is critical in order to prevent flareups.
A lukewarm bath can help to cleanse and moisturize the skin without drying it excessively. Doctors may recommend that patients use a mild bar soap or non-soap cleanser, because normal soaps can be drying to the skin. Doctors do not recommend that patients use bath oils.
After bathing, people with atopic dermatitis should air-dry their skin or gently pat their skin dry. A lubricant should also be applied to seal in the water that has been absorbed into the skin during bathing. Lubrication in the form of creams and ointments provide the following benefits:
- Restore the skin's moisture
- Increase the rate of healing
- Establish a barrier against further drying and irritation.
Lotions are not recommended because they usually have a high water or alcohol content, which causes them to evaporate more quickly, and the alcohol may cause stinging.
In order to protect and restore the skin, patients need to watch for repeated skin infections. Signs of skin infection include:
- Tiny pustules (pus-filled bumps)
- Oozing cracks or sores
- Crusty, yellow blisters.
If symptoms of a skin infection develop, patients should consult their doctor, and treatment should begin as soon as possible.