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Essential Tips for Swimming with Eczema

Updated: Feb 1

Swimming is so much fun and something every child should enjoy.

Swimming and Eczema Management SkinAkin

With the summer months on the horizon, we've compiled expert advice to help improve your child's swimming experience while managing their eczema symptoms.

Follow these tips for a more comfortable and safe swim that will help with moisture retention and skin protection:

Apply Pre-Swim Moisturizer: Before heading into the water, generously apply a moisturiser or ointments to your child's skin half an hour before swimming, focusing on eczema-prone areas. Add extra ointment just before going into the water to inflammed areas. This proactive measure creates a protective barrier against chlorine or saltwater, preventing dryness and irritation.

Consider the Use of a Wet Suit: If your child's skin is highly sensitive, consider having them wear a light wet suit during swimming sessions. Wet suits provide an additional protective layer, guarding against chlorine or saltwater exposure and promoting moisture retention.

Opt for Shorter Swimming Sessions: To prevent excessive dryness or irritation, it's recommended to limit the duration of your child's swimming sessions. Shorter swims reduce the exposure to potentially drying elements, minimizing the chances of eczema flare-ups.

Rinse Off After Swimming: After each swimming session, rinse your child's skin thoroughly with fresh water to eliminate chlorine or salt residue. This step is crucial as chlorine or salt can exacerbate eczema symptoms, leading to dryness and discomfort.

Immediate Post-Swim Moisturization: Moisturize your child's skin while it's still damp immediately after swimming. This locks in moisture and helps combat dryness effectively. Moisturise and then dress with protective clothing like a SkinAkin's Eczema Relief Bodysuit.

Stay Vigilant for Signs of Irritation: Monitor your child's skin closely during and after swimming. Should you notice any redness, itching, or worsening of eczema symptoms, remove them from the water and rinse their skin immediately. Follow up with appropriate moisturization and consult a healthcare professional if needed.

Choose Swimming Pools Carefully: When selecting a swimming pool, consider opting for those with well-maintained water quality and lower chlorine levels. This precaution can significantly reduce the impact on sensitive skin and minimize potential irritations.

Avoid Hot Showers or Baths: After swimming, discourage hot showers or baths, as they can further dry out the skin. Instead, opt for lukewarm water and use gentle, fragrance-free cleansers specifically formulated for your child's sensitive skin.


By following these essential tips, parents can ensure a comfortable and enjoyable swimming experience for children with eczema. Prioritizing moisture retention and protection against chlorine or saltwater is key to managing eczema symptoms effectively. Remember, each child's eczema is unique, so adapt these tips to suit your child's specific requirements.

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