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Skin Itchiness: The Curse of the Aquatic Therapist!

Itching like crazy? Is it the chlorine? What can be done?

(Found something that works for your skin? Post it in the comments and share that gem!!)

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Use an Emollient barrier

Few studies have examined the benefit of emollient application prior to or after swimming. Garcia Bartels et al. showed persistent enhancement of the cutaneous barrier in infants with emollient application immediately following swimming. To read more, see the study below.

Garcia Bartels N, Rösler S, Martus P, et al. Effect of baby swimming and baby lotion on the skin barrier of infants aged 3-6 months. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2011; 9(12): 1018-1025. doi:10.1111/j.1610-0387.2011.07710.x


I always use Pre Swim Aqua Therapy by Diva Stuff on dry skin before entering the water and then wash with Summer Solutions bar soap after. You need Vitamin C to break the bonds of chlorine from your skin. I spend 8+ hours a day, 4 days a week seeing aquatic therapy patients and have for 8 years. You can find these products on Amazon.

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I always wondered if barrier creams things work. Good to hear!


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