Eczema bleach bath review

Taking a bath with bleach in may sound like the craziest idea ever if you have eczema but I was desperate enough to try it after reading such good things about it... and I'm glad I did.

Why take a bleach bath for eczema?
One of the main reasons that eczema can get so bad is because the eczema gets infected. Taking a very dilute bleach bath kills the infection. Simple really.

One of the main things your skin can get infected with is called staph or staph aureus. Strange as it may sound, one of the common places staph can live is in your nose, but lots of people have staph in their nose without getting an infection. However, if you have eczema or any other form of broken skin - don't pick your nose! If you do, make sure to be extra careful to wash your hands.

How to take a bleach bath 
The bleach I used was Tesco Value thin bleach (very cheap!). Don't use anything thick, strong or scented. I added about half of an ordinary mug's worth to a full adult sized bath of barely warm water. The cooler you can stand it the better - under no circumstances have the water hot! Stay in for no more than 10 minutes then pat dry gently with a clean towel and apply lots of your chosen dry skin moisturiser. After your bath make sure to only wear clean clothing and sleep in clean bedding to prevent reinfection. Don't do the bath more than once a week, and don't add anything extra to the bath water - just plain water and the small amount of thin bleach. This is how I did it, and it was absolutely fine. I cannot vouch for what will happen if you start combining things, even if all the components are meant to be good for eczema individually.

Is it safe?
Lots of people freak out when you mention putting anything to do with bleach near your skin, which is understandable I guess. I only tried it myself because an overwhelming number of people said they had tried it (even on children) and had had great results. Also... I was desperate!

Having tried it several times I can say that it is safe to do it in the way I have described. It is so dilute that it is no stronger than swimming pool water with chlorine in. Please do not be tempted to make it stronger thinking it will work better. Stick to a very weak dilution and it will be fine.

Does it work?
I have seen really good results from dilute bleach baths. I did one a week for about three weeks and that was all I needed as my eczema got much more under control. Now I only do one if I feel my eczema is spreading to more parts of my body again. I would advise you to do the same - stop as soon as your eczema recedes.

When I first saw the doctor about my eczema she told me it was infected and prescribed me anti-fungal and anti-bacterial creams, but these cannot be applied to large areas of the body and also contain steroids. Bathing in something that is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial was bound to work.
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  1. Senorita, thanks for checking out my blog - I love yours! Wow!

    As for bleach baths, I personally tried them with little to no success.

    However, you mention gently patting down the skin. As a matter of fact it is even better to apply moisturizer (or medicinal cream) directly on the wet skin. It will absorbed much better and deeper. I got this info from Dr. Hanifin in Portland, OR, who is the one who literally "wrote the book" on eczema - he set the diagnostic tests doctors use to this day. When I came to him I was a total wreck (post-hospitalizations, systemic immunosuppressants and UV treatment both failed to maintain my status - see my blog for more details - edema under the eyes, nonstop itching, eurythroderma). His topical-only (cream-only) full-body steroid treatment got me clean within 5 days and he quickly tapered it off. I now use steroids only once (!) a week (!!!), and lowering still from there, and my skin is cleaner than ever.

    I know it sounds fantastical; I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. People are actually telling me that my skin is glowing (now, 14 months after starting). Me - with 2 dermatology hospitalizations behind me, and no end in sight, or so it seemed. A before-and-after photo would shock you. And yet I couldn't be healthier, or happier.

    I wish you all the best. Let me know if you want more details.

  2. Thanks for your comment ShirKi. Yes applying the emollient of your choice straight after a bath or shower is the optimum time as your pores are open and you can lock in the moisture your skin has already absorbed before it fries out.

    Glad to hear you have found something that works. Hopefully you'll be able to get off the steroid creams altogether eventually. I try not to use them at all if I can help it, only when my skin is flaring up.



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