1ST STEPS TO AN “ECZEMA-PROOF” HOME

Clean, clean, clean! If your home isn’t clean, your skin won’t be happy.  Here are the first few steps you can taking in keeping your environment free of irritants that instigate eczema breakouts.

1) Dusting.  Keep a clean home.  House dust and dust mites irritate the skin and worsen eczema  Frequent dusting and keeping your home clean are an essential part of creating a more hospitable environment for your skin.  But besides keeping your home as dust-free as possible, it’s also vital to ensure every surface is dust-mite free.. Including the carpet, linens, your bedsheets and pillows.

For babies, Target has an organic cotton crib mattress cover to keep the dust-mites out.  It retails for $52.  For children and adults, there are also allergen mattress and duvets covers available.  These can be found at Target as well.  Don’t forget to protect your pillows!  Target has a product called the “Rest Right Hot Water Washable Pillow” retailing for $30.  This is a product I would highly recommend to keep those dust mites away!  If this doesn’t work for your budget, save some money with Target’s two-pack washable pillow covers for less than $10.

Rest right hot water washable pillow, $30 –  http://www.target.com/p/rest-right-hot-water-washable-pillow/-/A-14066267

Two-pack washable pillow covers, $10 – http://www.target.com/p/rest-right-2-pack-washable-pillow-protector-white/-/A-14066268

2) Wash up!  Now that you have new pillows, sheets, and a mattress cover, it’s important to make sure they are always clean and allergen free.  This starts with your washing machine.  Before washing anything, run the washer with washing machine cleaner.  The cleaner retails anywhere from $8-12, but for a budget friendly alternative, use distilled white vinegar to clean your machine.  White vinegar can be as inexpensive as $1.39 at Target or another local grocery store.

Now that your machine is clean and free of any potential allergens, wash your new sheets in dye free and perfume free detergent, avoiding fabric softener altogether.  An example of a dye/perfume-free detergents is All Ultra Clear Liquid Detergent.  There’s also All Baby Liquid Detergent for any parents who have small children with eczema.  I would recommend using All Baby for anyone, both children and adults, because it’s the most gentle.  You can save more than on a dollar on each of these products if you purchase them at WalMart.

All Ultra Clear, 150 fl. oz, $11 – http://www.walmart.com/ip/All-2X-Ultra-Free-Clear-Liquid-Laundry-Detergent-150-oz/13908593

All Baby, 100 fl. oz, $10  – http://www.walmart.com/ip/all-baby-2X-laundry-detergent-64LD/15026762

If there is any residual soap on your sheets and clothing, make sure to do a quick rinse cycle on your clothes again before you put them in the dryer.  The residual soap can leave skin feeling irritated and itchy.  Once in the dryer, avoid using dryer sheets unless they are perfume-free too.  I use Bounce Free Dryer Sheets, retailing at $4.

Bounce Free Dryer Sheets,$4 – http://www.walmart.com/ip/Bounce-Fabric-Softener-Sheets-Free-80-ct/11045984

3) Change your shampoo and body soap.  Perfumes and dyes are in more than just your laundry detergent.  Most shampoos have sulfates, which can irritate the scalp and skin.  Find a shampoo that is sulfate-free.  I use L’Oreal Everstrong Sulfate-Free Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner, which although is sulfate-free still has traces of perfume.  If your eczema is more sensitive most dermatologists recommend Neutrogena T/Gel Therapeutic Shampoo or Neutrogena Stubborn Itch Control Shampoo.  The T/Gel is an affordable option, costing between $5-$8.

Eczema flares up more during summer and winter seasons.  Mine personally was at its worse this past summer, so I had to get a prescription shampoo from a dermatologist.

4) See a dermatologist!  If your eczema flares up, go to a trusted dermatologist to recommend what is best for your needs.  Not every suggestion on my blog will work for you.  My hope is to assist you in finding something that works for you.  If you have something that works well for your eczema needs, please share!!

FOR ALL THESE PRODUCTS AND MORE, CHECK OUT THE GLOSSARY OF PRODUCTS TO TRY, AT: ECZEMAMEMOIRS.WORDPRESS.COM/PRODUCTS-TO-TRY/

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About jamiesjournals

Yes, I have eczema. Yes, I'm writing about it. I suppose it's unoriginal, but I hope my work isn't. Please share more of your stories and experiences with me and please suggest topics if you're curious about anything. Hope to hear from all of you soon!! View all posts by jamiesjournals

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