Taking extra measure to protect your skin during laundry is very important, as it can help to prevent or reduce the impact of conditions like eczema.
Most soap and detergent are good removers of stains however some soaps and detergent that are highly alkaline are known to cause long term interference of the skin barrier function,leading to dryness, itchiness and inflammation of this skin.
It is a well known fact that soap and detergent have the ability to alter the pH level of the skin
Choosing the the right soap and detergent for your laundry remains the first line therapy for eczema.
According to a publication by Alicia Yoon, The skin’s optimal pH is 5.5 and above 7 is acidic.
When getting your soaps and detergent for your laundry it’s advisable to pay attention to the pH value of the product you want to get.
but it’s unfortunate that most companies that manufacture this products hardly disclose their PH values hence making it difficult for end users to make informed choices.
In a situation when you aren’t too sure of the product you can follow this tips to protect your self from allergies.
Apply the following tips.
TRY TO WEAR GLOVES DURING WASHING: A couple of gloves can do some astonishing things for skin inflammation sufferers.
Placing your clothes into your washing machine can trigger eczema, so also taking them out to stack into your dryer or hang up to dry, get gloves to enable you to handle this issue.
If you ever need to do any hand washing always wear gloves . The best type of gloves to utilize is non-latex expendable ones these can be purchased in mass and are economical and are additionally completely waterproof.
FABRIC SOFTENER PROBLEM: Essentially soft fabric is what fabric softener is all about and with the name it looks like what those with eczema can really benefit from, but that is not the case.
Try to avoid them because they come in a variety of different forms including the ones with extra-sensitivity. They do contain things such as preservatives, fragrance, and dyes which can be a disaster for eczema victims. So, avoid them.
Measuring Your Detergent Carefully: Overloading your washing machine with detergent is not ideal and can cause a number of problems, it can also cause problems for eczema victims.
If you use too much washing detergent, then you will likely end up with leftover soap all around your clothes, handling this can easily trigger eczema. So, make sure you always do a second rinse.
Pick Your Washing Detergent Carefully: To choose your washing detergent is a tricky situation for people with eczemas. This is because finding a detergent that can safely wash your clothes without triggering an eczema attack can be very difficult. So you need to find a detergent that is free of chemicals or toxins that would not trigger eczema.
You also need to avoid surfactants which include things like fragrances, enzymes, bleaches, dyes etc. But this is really difficult. One of the best options is liquid detergents. It will leave behind less soap residue when compared with powders and tablets which make them ideal for eczema sufferers, though people’s skin will always react differently, so take note of that.
If you are using a detergent that isn’t bothering you then feel free to stick with it. Just make sure you have a backup detergent in mind just in case an attack should flare up.
Avoid hot water: most people prefer making use of hot water to do their laundry.
We all understand that soaking our undies and whites in hot water helps remove stains quickly but let’s not forget that this might have an adverse effect on your skin mostly if you are suffering from eczema.
Avoid washing with hot water as this can be very quite painful and can strip the skin of its natural oils, rather make use of warm water and this should not be prolonged.
Avoid wearing rings: nickel component of rings are known to cause long term allergies to individuals with sensitive skin while debris and other foreign bodies that are build up over time under the ring can trigger eczema.
To be on the save side try to remove your rings before hand washing, because irritants can easily get trapped beneath.
Always wash your newly bought dress : Do you know that lice and scabies can thrive on clothes for some time? Most new clothes you see the in the store might have some bacteria hanging, Before most clothes are sold they must have been handled by a dozens of people before you.
Most companies likes to add perfumes and dye and other chemicals when they are producing a clothe which is enough to cause skin problems to those who have sensitive skin.
We dermatologist always advise that you wash your newly bought dress before you put them on. This goes a long way to keep bacterial and other irritant on check.
Blotting rather than scrubbing: Blotting is ideal, rather than scrubbing, your own hands dry.
Using moisturizer: moisturizer remains the first form treatment when hit with eczema.
Ensure to apply moisturizer regularly, including after washing as it will help skin retain moisture.
before you make use of any products it’s best you read the instruction on the label, pay much attention to the pH value written on the labels, this should guide you in selecting the right detergent and soap that won’t trigger eczema at the end of the day.
Please note that the skin’s optimal pH is 5.5 this should determine the choices you make.
Above all always keep your laundry equipment clean because most time dirt and soap might stick around without your knowledge.
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Regina Uwalaka. Am your regular Dermatologist with 8 years of experience, you can contact me on any of my social media accounts