Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) and Very Dry Skin Care

Dr. Mouhammad Aouthmany, MD, FAAD
Board Certified Dermatologist

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) and Very Dry Skin Care
  1. Use soap sparingly and infrequently, and do not take hot showers or baths.
Our skin produces natural oils that moisturize.  Some have more oils than others.  Many have reduced oil either from genetics, medications (cholesterol lowering drugs), sun damage, age, weather (in and outside the house).   Hot water and soap on your skin, it will strip natural oils out of the skin. Our skin is NOT designed to be soaped up every day.
  1. When you take a shower, soap only your armpits and groin; do not use cleanser on the rest of your skin unless it is visibly dirty.  ***Atopic may need bleach baths.  click here to read more.***
  2. Do not take long, hot showers.  Even without a cleanser, this will irritate your skin.  The hot water will feel good, but will be worse later. 
  3. While the skin is still damp, apply creams or ointments.  Avoid lotions as they tend to NOT hold moisture well. 
  4. Moisturize during the day.  It is easier with creams than ointments as they contain water. 
  5. AVOID: wool clothing, alcohol, toners, kitchen cleansers and solvents.

Acceptable Cleansers/Soaps:
Dove Unscented bar  ***
Vanicream Cleansing bar  
Cetaphil bar
Olay Body Bar
Purpose liquid cleanser
Neutrogena cleansing wash
Cetaphil liquid cleanser
Avene Xeracalm Cleanser
Aquanil Cleanser
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating cleanser
Creams:
Vanicream (especially good for sensitive skin)
CeraVe moisturizing cream
Eau Thermale Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream ***
Cetaphil Cream
Eucerin Cream
Neutrogena Hand Cream
Cutemol
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+  ***
Avene Xeracalm 
Ointments:
Vaseline (petroleum jelly)
Vaniply
Aquaphor
DML Forte   ***
Cerave ointment

*** preferred