HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ATOPIC DERMATITIS/ECZEMA

February 9, 2010

1. Do not bathe more than once a day. Take short, warm baths. Do not use very hot or very cold water. Pat dry after bathing. Do not rub.

2. Use unscented moisturizing soaps or cleansing lotions.

3. Recommended soaps and cleansers:

  • Aquaphor Gentle Wash Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar
  • Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash
  • Free and Clear Liquid Cleanser
  • Vanicream Cleansing Bar

4. Apply unscented, fragrance free, moisturizing lotion, cream or ointment frequently throughout the day. Most importantly apply immediately after bathing (within three minutes of completion of bath or shower) while skin is still moist. The type or brand of moisturizer you use is not as important as using it consistently and frequently. Purchase small samples of several different moisturizers and determine which is most healing to your skin.

5. Recommended moisturizers:

  • Aquaphor Healing Ointment
  • CeraVe Cream or Lotion(Ceramide containing)
  • California Baby Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion
  • California Baby Calendula Cream (patch test first)
  • Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion or Cream
  • Cetaphil Therapeutic Hand Cream
  • Curel Continuous Comfort Fragrance Free Lotion
  • Eucerin Original Moisturizing Cream or Lotion
  • Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion- Fragrance Free
  • Lubriderm Sensitive Skin Therapy Moisturizing Lotion
  • Mustella moisturizing cream
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fragrance Free Body Moisturizer
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fragrance Free Body Emulsion
  • Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fragrance Free Hand Cream
  • Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Derma Care
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly 

6. Use hypoallergenic unscented laundry detergents such as All Free Clear or Tide Free. Do not use dryer-sheets or fabric softeners.

7. Avoid wool clothing or synthetics directly on skin. Avoid wool carpets directly on skin. Wear 100% cotton clothing as much as possible. Anything that feels irritating will make your atopic dermatitis worse.

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One Response to “HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF ATOPIC DERMATITIS/ECZEMA”

  1. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP Says:

    As a pediatrician in NYC, I can attest that Dr. Sam Grubman is the consummate professional and expert in his field. His knowledge is so broad and comprehensive. He is genuinely passionate about the field and truly meticulous and compulsive about delivering the highest quality care possible for his patients.


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