Soap. It’s so simple, a staple of our everyday lives. But when we have sensitive skin, a bar of soap becomes a complicated choice. Should I pick oatmeal or natural or fragrance-free? What is going to be gentle and what is going to be an irritant? Have you ever wondered if you are using the right soap? What should I do when I travel and hotel soaps make my hands turn beet red? In a tropical, humid environment or a dry, cold-weather climate, how can I prepare myself so that I don’t have itchy, uncomfortable skin?
Here is a soap primer for people looking to avoid eczema flare-ups and other sensitive skin issues:
- Recognize that too much soap can change the natural defense system of your skin. Mother Nature can handle a lot for you. Don’t over-lather. Other than private parts and underarms, we don’t generally need a full layer of suds to be clean. Warm water, in a brief shower, can keep you happy and healthy.
- In the store, ignore the buzzwords. “Natural” is not a regulated word. "Organic" does not mean safe for sensitive skin. Look at the ingredient list. Look for soaps that are unscented or dye-free. "Moisturizing" is a plus.
- Pack a soap that works for you when you travel. This small detail can prevent many skin problems when you are on vacation or traveling for work.
- Most of all, keep experimenting until you find a soap that works for you...then stick with it!
If you make your soap choices part of your skin care routine, you are sure to notice a definite improvement in your skin condition.
Our favorites: Dove Unscented Bar Soap, Vanicream Bar Soap, CeraVe Gentle Cleanser.