Fighting Eczema: The Top 5 Soap Ingredients That Work

– As soon as our oldest son was born, the fight with eczema was on. We literally tried everything from every store we could find just trying to take care of his poor, irritated skin. He was absolutely miserable. We finally found some lotion in a boutique store nearby that worked wonders and literally changed our life. When we launched our soap company, one of the most important problems that we wanted to help our customers solve was how to take care of troubled skin problems like eczema. We realized that the ingredients that we were putting into our soap could make a big impact in their fight.  Here are the top 5 soap ingredients that we have found work with troubled skin.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the best natural oils to make soap out of because it is extremely moisturizing and leaves skin cells hydrated and refreshed. High levels of oleic acid contribute to much of the conditioning and moisturizing effects that it produces. The abundance of anti-oxidants found in olive oil can also help prevent further cell damage and irritation. The fact that olive oil is an approved ingredient for use on baby skin by pediatricians make it an excellent ingredient in the fight against eczema1.

Goat milk

Goat milk is a must have for any bar of soap fighting eczema. The pH level of goat milk is very close to the pH level in our skin, making it more gentle and less irritating for our skin. Large amount of fats and lactic acids act as very mild exfoliators, removing damaged and dead skin cells. Goat milk is packed with triglycerides which allows it to act like a natural moisturizer to help prevent dry skin and irritations like eczema. If you have the option, search for a good quality goat milk soap in your sensitive skin product search.

Shea butter

Shea butter is a natural ingredient for soap that has been known to have no side effects on those with sensitive skin issues. That’s good news for eczema sufferers. Like goat milk, it has a ton of delicious fatty acids that help to replenish and soften skin and has Vitamin E, which is a superstar antioxidant. Those same fatty acids work to form a protective layer over the skin, allowing the skin to stay moisturized for a longer period of time. The longer the skin stays moisturized, the less likely those itchy irritations come back.

Aloe Vera

It’s long been known that aloe works to soothe sunburns, but it can also be used in soap to help soothe dry and itchy skin. When you scratch the same spots repeatedly, you open up the risk of infection and further damage. Aloe is an natural antiseptic that powerfully fights against bacteria and can reduce inflammation and redness while helping to moisturize the affected area. Not that this is related to eczema per say, but aloe vera in soap can also bring relief to chaffed skin areas.


Ground oatmeal has a very soothing and calming effect on skin irritations like eczema. Many individuals find that soaking in an oatmeal bath brings relief to inflammation caused by acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It is a natural exfoliator as well that works gently on removing dry and damaged skin cells. So many beauty products today for troubled skin contain oatmeal and your bar soap should be no different.


Eczema and dry irritated skin can be a hassle to get under control, but with the right tools like a good all natural or organic soap containing moisturizing and other beneficial properties, the relief might come sooner than expected.

Sunshine Valley Soaps that are beneficial for fighting eczema and sensitive skin include:

Oats and Shea Goat Milk Soap (Unscented)

Silky Shea All Natural Soap (Unscented)

Smooth Aloe All Natural Soap

Unscented Castile Goat Milk Soap


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  1. Pyrolysis of vegetable oil soaps—Palm, olive, rapeseed and castor oils

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