Soap Making & Eczema
As you probably know by now, one of the best parts of soap making is customization. When you create your own soap, you can make it any way that you want. This includes deciding which ingredients you will and will not allow into your soap. Control of those ingredients is especially important when considering soap making & eczema.
Soap Making, Eczema, & Commercial Soaps
Many of people start making soap because they or a family member suffer from eczema. This persistent skin condition is characterized by dry, itchy rashes that appear chronically. To make matters worse, the “soaps” sold in grocery stores can actually inflame the rashes! This is due to the many harmful chemicals that are often used by the soap manufacturers.
Making one’s own soap allows people to completely avoid these commercial soaps that irritate their skin. By choosing to use only natural, sometimes only organic, ingredients in their soap, soap makers can have peace of mind knowing that their skin and the skin of their loved ones is safe.
Soap Making, Eczema, & Your Ingredients
Beyond simply avoiding harmful chemicals, you can take steps to add beneficial properties to your soap. There are carrier oils that can be used to enhance the moisturizing properties of the soap in order to relieve the characteristic dryness of eczema. Also, there are essential oils that have been known to be effective in treating the condition. These essential oils can be added during “trace” to infuse your soap with the desired qualities. Some oils known for treating eczema include:
While soap making is fun and rewarding, it is important to remember that it can enhance your health. By avoiding commercial soaps and creating healthy ones of your own specifications, you can enrich both your well being and that of those who use your soap.