Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rice Starch Baths for Atopic Dermatitis

The benefits of rice starch is something Japanese have known for centuries. Yes, the amazing skin healing benefits of rice! Recent research has shown that using a rice starch soak is effective in improving the dry skin lesions of eczema. A study in Belgium stated that rice starch added to bath water has beneficial effects on impaired barrier function, as evaluated by transepidermal water loss measurements. 'The forearm skin of volunteers was irritated by sodium lauryl sulphate. Exposure to rice starch containing bath water – twice daily for 15min – led to a 20% improvement on the healing capacity of damaged skin. Skin barrier function in patients with atopic dermatitis also improved the same after the addition of starch powder to bath water'.

Water is said to be not good for atopic dermatitis sufferers, as water dries out the skin. But we also found that the water in our home was harsh on the skin. So we installed a a multiple stage system that has a carbon block filter and reverse osmosis as the other main filtering technology.


All of us at home found it made a significant difference. Do ensure to purchase an environmentally friendly system. Example: salt water softener systems are known to be toxic to nature. One can also opt for a much simpler system, a system just for the shower head which is inexpensive. Here is a review...


We brought down his baths in his first week of recovery. The first week were just turmeric applications - no oils, no baths. It was done to dry out the lesions. The following week, we added two tablespoons of turmeric powder to his baby bath tub water and got him to soak in it for about 10 minutes. And immediately sealed him off with coconut oil right after the bath. We did this every alternate day. His recovery was rapid. All his inflammations calmed down and his rashes had dried out and healed by the first week.  

The second week onwards, we concentrated on getting the texture of his skin back to normal. We got him to soak in rice starch water everyday, twice a day for about 15 minutes each. And immediately sealed him with very warm castor oil right after his bath. 

It is easy to make rice starch. Just took a cup of bio full grain brown rice, boiled it in two liters of water. Then added that water after straining out the rice to his baby bath tub water and let him soak in it. It really worked with him and he was back to his baby skin! 

The past months, since his recovery, we continue to keep his bath time short and immediately seal him off with avocado oil. If he insists on longer bath times, then we add rice starch to it. 

Also, in one of the studies, it was observed that children who were regularly massaged had far fewer illnesses including atopic dermatitis attacks. So every night he is massaged with avocado oil (very light application), just before he goes to sleep. There are many different massage techniques. We follow the pediatric tuna massage - spend about 10-15 minutes and he falls fast asleep right after. More than the techniques, it is the love we are told that is most medicinal! Now even my husband and older son line up for massages!:) 

Do note that we commenced the massages, only when the skin was no longer inflammed.