Friday, September 10, 2010

Are Hot Baths Bad For Your Skin?

A warm bath at the end of the day is not a bad thing.

It helps patients with eczema, as the bath cleanses and disinfects the skin by softening and removing dry flakes. However, when the water is 45 deg C or more, the heat breaks down the skin barrier and makes it more prone to irritation and dryness. Keep it close to body temperature – it should never exceed 38 to 40 deg C. Add fragrance-free bath oil for more hydration.

Public bath facilities like jacuzzis should be disinfected regularly. If not done properly, they will encourage bacterial and fungal growth, which can cause nasty skin infections.

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