bath oil in bath

Posted by: mythreesons

bath oil in bath - 08/31/00 01:07 PM

Has anyone tried using bath oil (ie Avons skin so soft).

I am not sure if it would be moisturizing or drying for my children who have icthyosis.

Thanks,
Karen
Posted by: Laura Phillips

Re: bath oil in bath - 08/31/00 01:52 PM

My personal experience is that some bath oil (baby oil, or something fancier) is nice in the bath...but then I need to put my regular creams on right after the bath.

If I put baby oil on my body (straight) after the bath, as a kind of moisturizer, then I find that it ends up being drying. My skin doesn't stay as moist when I put straight baby oil on it, even when I layer my regular creams on top of it.

Just my personal experience. I'm sure you'll get lots of varying opinions [img]http://www.ichthyosis.com/ubb/smile.gif[/img]
Posted by: marcsmom_dup1

Re: bath oil in bath - 09/01/00 01:47 AM

Hi Karen,

I have never tried bath oil in Marc's bath, but I have used lavender bath salts. I once read somewhere that lavender helps decrease the redness. I bought the bath salts and put them in Marc's tub three times a week. I did notice a difference in the appearance. His skin felt smoother, too. Once out of the bath, I still applied his cream-aquaphor or Neostrata's Problem Dry Skin. Let me know if you try the bath oil.

Denise
Posted by: Anne

Re: bath oil in bath - 09/03/00 01:04 PM

I have applied Baby Oil, Avon's Skin So Soft, basically alot of oils out there. I find that I still need to put cream on afterwards anyways because my skin does not stay moist with only oil. I will pour some baby oil if I am taking a bath because soaking in the oil for a long period of time will make my skin softer. Hope this helps.

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Originally posted by mythreesons:
Has anyone tried using bath oil (ie Avons skin so soft).

I am not sure if it would be moisturizing or drying for my children who have icthyosis.

Thanks,
Karen
Posted by: mystry

Re: bath oil in bath - 10/14/00 03:32 AM

Try good old fashioned Suntan oil! do not laugh, it works better than anything else I have ever tried. Plain baby oil just seems to sit atop the skin. But tanning oil is full of more natural oils that soak into the skin. Plus I would think that the skin so soft may have too many perfumes in it & may irritate & burn. Plain lotion just seems to put a waxy layer on & makes the skin look "dirty" I buy the cheapest bottle of tanning oil I can find for the bath. For us it has worked great for softening the skin. Good luck, Misty
Posted by: paula

Re: bath oil in bath - 11/03/00 01:18 AM

As a mom of a child with Ichthyosis I have found that the only oil that works is Crisco and I put about a teaspoon or a tablespoon in the bath water and then I put his Crisco on him when he is done in the bathtub. Paula

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Originally posted by mythreesons:
Has anyone tried using bath oil (ie Avons skin so soft).

I am not sure if it would be moisturizing or drying for my children who have icthyosis.

Thanks,
Karen
Posted by: Chandra

Re: bath oil in bath - 11/21/00 10:25 PM

I have lamellar ichthyosis. I use bath oil regularly in my bathwater, specifically baby oil. Peanut or almond oil also is very nice (a bit more spendy though). However, something that's somewhat new is baby oil gel. I rub that all over before I put on my ointment. It's great. Plus, if I'm out and about and my skin gets really dry and needs moisturing, I go into a bathroom, put some baby oil gel on and then put ointment over it. Putting ointment over dry skin doesn't do a whole lot since I've already got a layer of scales there, I need to get the skin moist first and short of a bath or shower, the gel is the best way to do it.

I do also slather on baby oil after I shower. I can spread it faster than I can my ointment (generic petroleum jelly) and it then keeps me from drying out while I take the time to coat myself with petroleum jelly.

I have heard of other people using crisco or vegetable oil in their bathwater too. No matter how funny the idea may be to you, if it works for you, use it!

On a somewhat similar note, some people can use lotions with great success. I have found however, that with my skin, lotion moisturizes my skin for a short time, but isn't heavy enough to hold moisture in, so it evaporates out and ends up leaving me even drier than before. If you are caring for someone with ichthyosis, this may be something you want to be very observant about to discover which is a better moisturizer for you.

Lastly, whenever you see your dermatoligists, ask if they have any new lotion or ointment samples as it seems like every 5-8 years, I find something else I like better. I've run the gamut from A&D ointment (boy was that a long time ago) to Eucerin to Aquaphor, and now to plain old petroleum jelly (not Vaseline. For some reason Vaseline spreads thinner than the generic stuff and doesn't work as well for me) and that's just the over the counter stuff ointments, not the acid based stuff or prescription items.

You may want to test stuff on a small portion of skin rather than trying it in a the bath when it coats everything. Hands and elbows are pretty easy to test with if you're not doing it on yourself.

[This message has been edited by Chandra (edited November 21, 2000).]