If you suffer from eczema, you’ll find that a lot of people have an opinion on how you should treat it. And how you got it in the first place.

So we thought it was time to separate fact from fiction, and debunk some eczema myths. If you’ve any to add that you’ve heard, please add a comment below …

1.”It’s better to bath and shower less frequently if you have eczema as this dries out the skin.” Actually the reverse is true. The skin of eczema sufferers produces less natural oils so it’s much drier. So it’s important to wash and moisturise the skin to lock in nourishment. Sufferers find our Natural Sulphur Soap useful, also a soak in our Natural Mineral Bath Salts or washing with our Shower Cream. Afterwards you can moisturise with our Natural Mineral Body Lotion all over. If you have a dry scalp, try our Natural Mineral Shampoo and Conditioner.

 

2.”Steroids are the only treatment that will work for eczema.” Not at all. It’s important to consult your doctor if eczema is a real problem but in fact there are many other ways of treating it. See what eczema sufferers have written about our products and how they’ve helped.

 

3.”Eczema is catching.” No – it’s caused by a number of factors which can be environmental or genetic. Children with bad eczema can feel very self-conscious at school and so it’s important to reassure them that their eczema isn’t infectious. (The Daily Mail has recommended trying our soaps as a means to tackle childhood eczema.) Maybe it’s time to try our cult classic Black Mud Mask soap?

 

4.”It’s best not to swim in a swimming pool or the sea if you have eczema because that will make it worse.” On the contrary, many eczema sufferers have found swimming in the Dead Sea extremely beneficial (and if you can’t get there, you can soak in our Natural Mineral Bath Salts instead). However, swimming pool chlorine could be an irritant so after swimming it’s important to rinse the skin and moisturise fully.

 

5.Bad eczema will scar the skin. Not at all. Keeping the skin moisturised with a good emollient will reduce the itchiness and after a flare up has passed the skin will be clear again.

 

6.People get eczema because their skin is dirty. Actually eczema sufferers tend to bathe much more frequently than non-sufferers, due to the need to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised! Our Natural Mineral Soap has also had good feedback from users with skin problems.

 

For centuries people have visited the mineral rich Dead Sea seeking relief from skin conditions. Whilst a trip there is wonderful, you can create a Dead Sea haven in your own bathroom with our natural products. They’re all available in Boots and could make just the difference to your eczema you’re searching for.