How to Make and Use Dakin’s Solution (Bleach Bath) for Eczema/Wound Care/Mild to Moderate Acne Vulgaris

How to Make and Use Dakin’s Solution (Bleach Bath) for Eczema/Wound Care/Mild to Moderate Acne Vulgaris

It might sound unusual, but taking a “bleach bath” two to three times per week is thought to reduce inflammation and irritation associated with eczema and reduce the risk of developing Staph aureus infections by safely reducing bacteria on the skin. You might be thinking that this sounds unreasonable or dangerous, but you can rest easy knowing this recipe has the same level of chlorine that you would find in the average swimming pool. 

Not only is a “bleach bath” solution helpful in decreasing inflammation and irritation from eczema, it is also a safe topical solution that is helpful in decreasing inflammation from overgrowth of Staph Aureus that is the leading cause of mild to moderate acne vulgaris. 

A bleach bath, also known as “Dakin’s solution” to many health professionals, is a common antiseptic agent known as sodium hypochlorite, and is used with a broad application in medicine, including use in bladder and urethra irrigation, prophylaxis against burn infections, and as an irrigant in dental root canal procedures.


  • Water (make sure it is distilled, and not tap water!)
  • Regular “unconcentrated” household bleach (5.25% sodium hypochlorite) 
    • This part is important - do not use scented or ultra-bleach. 
    • Measuring cup

      Preparing the Bleach Bath

    • Fill your bathtub up with lukewarm water. Do not use excessively hot or cold water. 
    • Add the bleach. 
          • For a full standard-size bathtub of water, use ½ cup of unconcentrated bleach.
          • For a half bathtub of water, use ¼ cup of unconcentrated bleach.
    • Hop in and soak for 10 minutes.
    • Do not soak for longer than 15 minutes. 
          • If using for acne, apply to pustules using a cotton round 3 times a day.
    • Rinse off. 
    • After your soak, rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. 
    • Moisturize!
        • It’s crucial that you properly moisturize after a bleach bath or else you run the risk of further skin irritation.
        • We recommend applying Emogene & Co Healer Balm due to its intensive nourishing and moisturizing properties, plus it’s great for those with super dry skin or eczema. 
        • For acne healing, we recommend applying Prime Niacinamide Facial Serum  followed by Repair Facial Oil. These products provide hydration that is safe for acne prone skin, while further aiding in regulating your natural sebum (oil) production. 
      • Keep bleach out of reach of children. 
      • Do not use if allergic to chlorine bleach.
      • Avoid contact with eyes, ears, mouth, or nose. 
      • Discontinue use if the condition worsens or if a rash or other reaction develops.  


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