Skincare Tips for Eczema Sufferers

Atopic eczema affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults, making it the most common form of eczema and one of the most common skin conditions. Its red and dry appearance accompanied by an intense itch makes for a very painful and chronic condition.

Unfortunately, there can be many triggers associated with eczema, which are common and abundant such as: washing detergents, stress, temperature changes, and allergens. When the eczema flares up, it’s important to treat at the first sign of symptoms to prevent any worsening that could potentially end up in bleeding or infection.

Emollients are the mainstay of all treatment for eczema and products include creams, ointments, lotions, bath additives and soap substitutes.  Emollients can help soothe and repair the skin while also reducing the requirement for topical steroids (i.e. medicated creams/ointments) and can also increase the effectiveness of prescribed treatments. Sometimes you may need more than one type, and often people prefer to use a lotion during the day and an ointment at night due their textures. Ideally they should be applied at least twice a day and adults should use approximately 500g while children should use approximately 250g of emollient per week.

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Some tips for eczema suffers that I would always recommend are:

  • Don’t stop moisturising when your skin is eczema free – prevention is better than cure!
  • Keep fingernails short.
  • Avoid soap and harsh chemicals in cleaning products.
  • Shampoo that is fragrance free and pH neutral should be chosen (avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulphate).
  • Emollients are best applied straight after a bath/shower.
  • Cotton clothing is the most preferred to avoid irritation.
  • Do not limit your diet if you believe some foods may be causing it before talking to your GP.
  • Aqueous cream should not be used as a leave-on emollient as it has been proven to cause irritation. Instead, it is better as a soap substitute.
  • For those with severe eczema, “wet wrapping” should be considered. This involved applying a generous layer of emollient, which is then covered with a wet cotton bandage.
  • Take extra care during these cool winter months as often, the cold can cause dry skin to become worse.
  • Aveeno® and La Roche PosayLipikar/Cicaplast range are my top recommended emollient products (available from the LloydsPharmacy website-subject to availability) and Doublebase Emollient Gel (available from LloydsPharmacies nationwide- subject to availability).
  • Always contact your GP or local LloydsPharmacist should you find your eczema difficult to manage or if you have any questions regarding your treatment.

Brought to you by Sarah Morris, 4th year pharmacy intern at LloydsPharmacy

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14 Festival Essentials for a carefree weekend

So you’ve got your ticket or you’re still working on that ‘plan’ to get one, either way you’re going and you are ready for action. Only pack what you need as you may have to carry your festival ready wardrobe a long distance to where you’re camping. Don’t forget it all has to go back with you after the weekend, well most of it!

 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Tinted Fluid Ultra-Light €19.50

We spend most of our time at festivals outside exploring in the sunshine (fingers crossed) protect your skin with this La Roche-Posay favourite. This tinted, very high facial protection is fragrance free, paraben free and water resistant. Exposure to UV radiation is the number one cause of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in Ireland, so it is imperative to protect your skin.

 

Oxylent €30

Oxylent is a pleasant tasting multivitamin that quickly dissolves in water & is designed to support your immune system, reduce fatigue & release energy. This electrolyte-rich drink is the perfect drink to keep you hydrated throughout any event and is a very good idea at the end of a big night out!

 

Johnsons’s Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes €1.35

What to pack for a festival? Your ticket and baby wipes. THE original multipurpose product.

 

Batiste Dry Shampoo €1.79 – €4.75

A cult product that needs no introduction. Spritz Batiste Dry Shampoo at the roots of your hair for an instant boost of body and texture. Comes in a handy mini travel size (50ml) and in a range of colours and fragrances.

 

CB12 Travel Pack

CB12 provides 12 hours of oral protection. This handy travel pack contains oral rinse, boost chewing gum, toothpaste and a travel toothbrush. Perfect to protect your pearly whites!

 

Mitchum Advance Control Deodorant €3.70

Nobody likes a Sweaty Betty! Mithum provides 48 hours of reliable antiperspirant protection, allowing you to dance the night away, and into the next day.

 

Nivea Daily Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes €3.45

Glamorous festival glitter is great for an Instagram pic, but not so great for your pores. Nivea Daily Essentials Wipes effectively cleanses your skin, removing make-up and waterproof mascara leaving your skin feeling refreshed and clean.

 

Medicare Hand Sanitizer €1.95

There is nothing worse than dirty mitts! Medicare hand sanitizer anti-bacterial kills 99.9% of germs. A festival essential for us OCD folk.

 

Elastoplast Fabric Extra Flexible €4.65

Bumps and bruises are inevitable at festivals. Elastoplast plasters seal the area around the wound to provide optimal protection against infection and the material stretches with the skin’s movements. This can stop a little problem turning into a complete nightmare. Make sure to include plasters, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, pain relief and a little something for the tummy. Always speak with your LloydsPharmacy pharmacist for advice when purchasing any medicines.

 

MooGoo Tingling Honey Lip Balm €3.90

Tingling Honey Lip Balm is specially made to speed up the repair of dry and chapped lips. It contains menthol ingredients known for their sterilizing effect to help prevent infection. Its “lemony tingle” is a delish bonus!

 

MooGoo Cleansing Soap Bars €5.95

MooGoo is your go to festival soap. It mildly removes old oil and grease from the skin, replacing them with pure nut oils and proteins.

 

Signorina EDT by Salvatore Ferragamo 50ml €29.95

The lack of showers is one huge downfall to festivals but this doesn’t mean you can’t still smell amazing. This fragrance captures the feminine and young Italian style in a cascade of floriental and fruity notes with an unexpected gourmand touch. Spritz daily. (Exclusive to LloydsPharmacy & Harvey Nichols)

 

Durex RealFeel 12 Pack €18.99

If you do find someone you want to share your tent with, make sure you stay safe! With over 80 years of experience, Durex is trusted by millions of lovers around the world every day. RealFeel condoms are made from a technically advanced non-latex material for a natural skin on skin feeling.

 

Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs is currently HALF PRICE at €6.97

A favourite among Irish women. Tan in seconds; party for hours!

 

Pick up all your festival essentials and much more at a LloydsPharmacy near you.