Friday, July 13, 2007

Dry Skin and Eczema Treatment Laundry Tips

Did you know that your clothes could be causing or exacerbating your dry skin or eczema? Here are some laundry tips that could prevent itching, flare-ups and infection. Along with a good dry skin treatment product that helps retain natural moisture and keep out irritating chemicals, changing your laundry habits could be all you need. Here’s how you do it.

One of the biggest offenders is new clothing. New clothes often contain impurities, excess dye, chemicals that help the material maintain its shape or wrinkle less easily, and so on. These chemicals can dry the skin, and can also irritate existing dry skin conditions or cause eczema flares. Washing new clothes before you wear them removes these irritating substances. This also applies to sheets, pillow cases and other bedding that touches your skin.

Always use fragrance free detergents and soaps. Contrary to what you might think, that ‘lemon’ scent is not from lemons, and that ‘spring fresh’ scent is not from newly mown grass and wildflowers. Soaps and detergents are scented with toxic chemical sprays that irritate dry skin and exacerbate eczema.

Whatever your laundry detergent, make sure you rinse twice to ensure all of the detergent is out of your clothes before you put them on.

When buying clothes and bedding, choose natural materials – cotton, wool, silk and hemp – but go organic. You may have heard of ‘green’ clothing. Green does not refer to the color; it refers to the fact that the fibers were grown without chemicals. Before the ‘green’ clothing movement, about 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and 10 percent of pesticides were used to grow cotton. More than 84 million pounds of pesticides were used in just one year, and seven of them were known carcinogens. All those chemicals wind up in our clothes, and they’re hard to get out.

Wearing green clothes can help prevent and treat dry skin and eczema and reduce eczema flares.

Using the laundry tips above, and using a good eczema and dry skin treatment that helps prevent absorption of any chemicals you can’t avoid could be all the skin treatment you need. Give it a try!

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