Introduction to Wet Wrapping for Eczema.
The Science Behind Wet Wrapping.
Choosing the Right Materials for Wet Wrapping.
How to Perform Wet Wrapping.
Wet-Wrapping vs. Dry Wrapping: The Differences.
What is Slugging and How to Do It?
Combining Wet Wrapping and Slugging Techniques.
An Example Slugging Routine.
Final Tips and Precautions for Wet Wrapping.
The Role of Proton Health in Managing Eczema.
Introduction - Wet Wrapping for Eczema
Dealing with eczema can be challenging, especially when traditional moisturisers and emollients don't seem to provide enough relief. This can be made even more difficult when your skin is extra sensitive/damaged. A research backed therapy to tackle these situations is known as wet-wrapping and slugging. In this blog post, we will explore these methods in detail to help you achieve hydrated, healthy skin.
The Science Behind Wet Wrapping
Wet wrapping is a technique designed to rehydrate the skin and improve the effectiveness of your skincare product by trapping them underneath fabric/bandages so that they can't escape. The idea behind this is simple, if you don't trap your skincare products into the skin, part of them will just evaporate into the air. Instead, our aim is to maximise the amount of skincare products that are absorbed into your skin.
Choosing The Right Materials for Wet Wrapping
Choosing the appropriate materials for wet wrapping is crucial to ensure the process is effective, comfortable, and gentle on your skin. There are a variety of fabrics and bandages you can select from, each with its own unique benefits:
Cotton: Cotton is a natural fibre that's widely loved for its softness, breathability, and hypoallergenic properties. It provides a soothing touch to inflamed skin while allowing it to breathe, reducing the chances of overheating or further irritation. Try using pure cotton wraps like the DermaSilk Therapeutic Clothing specifically designed for eczema patients.
Hypoallergenic Fabrics: Hypoallergenic fabrics are specially designed to be gentle on sensitive skin and reduce allergic reactions. They are free from allergens and irritants that could potentially exacerbate eczema symptoms.
Tencel: Tencel, a sustainable fabric derived from the wood pulp of trees, is a fantastic option for eczema patients. It's incredibly soft, lightweight, and breathable, but its real strength lies in its moisture-wicking abilities. Tencel can absorb 50% more moisture than cotton, making it perfect for wet-wrapping as it keeps the skin moisturized for longer periods. The Eczema Companys wet-wraps can be found with Tencel and offer this benefit.
Remember, everyone's skin reacts differently to various fabrics, so it's essential to test a small piece on your skin before committing to a particular material. Always avoid materials that are rough, synthetic, or known to cause irritation or allergic reactions, to prevent further discomfort or harm to your skin. Your skin's comfort should be your top priority in managing eczema.
Here are some examples from the Proton Health Marketplace:
How To Perform Wet Wrapping
If you're new to wet wrapping, you might feel unsure about the process. Here's a detailed step-by-step guide to help you perform wet wrapping for eczema correctly and effectively:
Gather your materials, which include two layers of bandages or wraps, emollients or moisturisers, and any prescribed topical treatments.
Begin by taking a lukewarm bath or shower to cleanse and hydrate your skin. Gently pat your skin dry, leaving it slightly damp.
Apply any prescribed topical treatments to the affected areas as directed by your healthcare professional.
Generously apply emollients or moisturisers to your skin, ensuring you cover all eczema-affected areas.
Soak the first layer of bandages or wraps in warm water, then gently wring out the excess water, leaving the bandages damp but not dripping wet.
Apply the damp bandages to the affected areas, ensuring they are snug but not too tight. If your hands or feet are affected, you can use wet cotton gloves or socks as the damp layer.
Next, wrap the dry layer of bandages or wraps over the damp ones, again making sure they are snug but not too tight. You may use vinyl gloves or food-grade plastic wrap for hands or feet as the dry layer.
Wear loose-fitting clothes over the wraps to avoid disturbing them and leave the wet wraps in place for several hours or overnight, depending on your comfort level and your healthcare professional's recommendations.
After removing the wet wraps, gently cleanse your skin and reapply your emollients or moisturisers to lock in the moisture.
By following these steps, you can effectively perform a wet wrap for eczema to help rehydrate your skin, enhance the benefits of your emollients, and soothe any irritation or inflammation.
The Difference Between Wet-Wrapping and Dry Wrapping
When managing eczema, both wet-wrapping and dry wrapping techniques are commonly used. Here's the difference between each and reasons for when you should use each one:
Wet-Wrapping involves applying a layer of moisturiser to the affected area, followed by a damp (not wet) bandage, and finally a dry bandage. The moisture from the damp layer is trapped against the skin by the dry layer, providing deep, continuous hydration. Wet-wrapping is especially effective during flare-ups, as it helps to cool the skin, alleviate itching, and promote healing.
On the other hand, Dry Wrapping does not involve a damp layer. Instead, a moisturiser is applied, followed immediately by a dry wrap. This technique is typically used when the eczema is not flaring up and helps with prevention - keeping the skin moisturised and protected from external irritants before a flare-up happens.
Slugging: What Is It and How Is It Done?
Slugging is a skincare trend originating from South Korea that involves creating a barrier on your skin to lock in moisture. The term 'slugging' comes from the slug-like appearance of the face after the application of a thick, occlusive layer, usually a barrier product like Vaseline.
To 'slug', you first cleanse your skin, apply your regular skincare products, and then apply a thick layer of an barrier product like Vaseline. This forms a protective layer on your skin, preventing water loss and helping your skin absorb your skincare products better.
How to Combine Wet Wrapping and Slugging Techniques
By combining wet wrapping and slugging techniques, you can maximise hydration and promote faster healing. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do this:
Perform the wet wrap technique as described earlier in the content.
After completing the wet wrap, begin the slugging process by applying a light product, such as a serum containing hyaluronic acid, which improves skin elasticity and barrier repair.
Follow this with a cream moisturiser on the affected area.
Apply a thicker moisturiser, such as an emollient.
Finish by applying a barrier like Vaseline to lock in all the layers and provide a protective seal.
An Example Slugging Routine
Slugging can be an excellent addition to your night-time skincare routine. Here's an example of a simple slugging routine. Remember, you'll find discounts on these products and more within the Proton Health app.
Cleanse your skin: Start with a gentle, hydrating cleanser, such as the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin.
Apply your regular skincare products: Apply your regular serums or moisturisers. If you're using any prescription medication for your eczema, now is the time to apply it. Try to use a follow this pattern when applying your skincare:
Remember, slugging is not for everyone, and it's especially recommended to patch test the occlusive moisturiser before applying it all over your face. It's also essential to thoroughly cleanse your face the next morning to prevent any potential build-up or clogged pores.
Wet Wrapping: Final Tips and Precautions
While wet wrapping can be highly beneficial, it's essential to follow some tips and precautions to ensure the best results:
Always consult your healthcare professional or dermatologist before starting any new skincare regimen, especially if you have severe eczema or other skin conditions.
Monitor your skin's response to wet wrapping and adjust the frequency and duration accordingly. If you notice increased irritation or worsening of your eczema, discontinue the treatment and consult a professional.
Make sure to use clean and sanitised materials for wet wrapping to prevent any potential infections.
Keep your nails short and clean to avoid scratching and damaging your skin while applying the wet wrap and slugging techniques.
Proton Health - Your Personal Skin Coach
The Proton Health app isn't merely a tool for tracking symptoms and triggers—it's your Personal Skin Health Coach. Our digital companion is designed to monitor your progress, providing personalised advice and product recommendations that cater to your unique skincare needs.
One of the defining features of Proton Health is the generation of bespoke skincare routines tailored for individuals living with eczema. Using the data you share, the app devises a skincare routine that's customised to meet your specific needs, effectively setting Proton Health apart with this unparalleled level of support for those managing eczema symptoms.
Access to the Skinverse
The Proton Health app doesn't stop at custom routines—it offers you a doorway to an exclusive Eczema Marketplace - The Skinverse. Here, you'll discover an array of carefully selected skincare products, with exclusive discounts available for Proton Health users. The Skinverse allows you to conveniently explore and purchase products that align with your personalised skincare routine, all within the app.
Evidence-Based Methods and Product Recommendations
Proton Health is committed to using evidence-based techniques for managing eczema. By ensuring our methods and product recommendations are scientifically backed, we aim to offer the most effective approach to your skincare routine. We understand that everyone's skin is different; therefore, our suggestions are tailored to suit your specific needs and preferences. Try out the app here now.
Wet wrapping and slugging are powerful methods to provide relief and hydration for dry, dehydrated skin during flare-ups. By following the steps outlined above, you can achieve healthier, more resilient skin. Remember to always consult with a healthcare professional before trying new skincare techniques and monitor your skin's response to ensure the best results. And if you're looking for more tips and tricks, product recommendations and more, check out the Proton Health app!
Wet wrapping and slugging are techniques to rehydrate skin and improve the effectiveness of skincare products, offering significant relief for eczema sufferers.
Material choice, correct process application, and an understanding of wet vs. dry wrapping are key to these techniques.
A typical slugging routine includes cleansing, applying regular skincare products, and then a thick occlusive layer to seal in moisture.
Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting new skincare techniques, and keep a close eye on your skin's reaction.
The Proton Health app offers individualised support, evidence-backed methods, and access to a special marketplace for managing eczema.