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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Introducing the NEW UltraCalming range by Dermalogica

The powerfully soothing antidote to sensitive skin, the UltraCalmingTM System from Dermalogica® now has two new incredibly unique additions! Introducing Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster, harnessing the best of nature with science to bring back balance to sensitive skin.
Do you consider yourself as having sensitive skin?
You are not alone! Nearly half the global population describes their skin as sensitive or very sensitive. Yet everyone’s skin is unique, so skin sensitivity takes on different forms. You may be oily and acne prone with inflamed breakouts and flaky patches. You may experience flare-ups of irritation at certain times of the year or when your stress levels rise. Or perhaps you were born with delicate, reactive skin and have always struggled to find skin care products you can tolerate.
What causes sensitive skin?
Unfortunately, some level of skin sensitivity is almost unavoidable due to lifestyle and environmental factors. Stress, poor diet, smoking and alcohol effect our skin negatively causing symptoms of skin irritation and dehydration. Add to that the changes in climate, central heating and air con, high pollution levels and our naturally fluctuating hormones, it’s no wonder our skins have a hard time staying balanced and calm. But no matter what your trigger factors and subsequent symptoms, treating sensitive skin is straight forward when you have products designed to relieve, restore and hydrate.
The science bit!
Research done at Dermalogica®, show’s three primary signs of sensitisation: redness, compromised barrier, and dehydration. Visible redness is a common complaint, skin can turn red through internal inflammation causing skin to look angry or blotchy. A compromised skin barrier can be likened to a weathered brick wall, our skin is made up of hardened cells (bricks) and a mortar like lipid layer, when weathered by our environment and incorrect product use, gaps are created triggering irritation, stinging and burning sensations. Finally, due to the gaps in the skins protective barrier, essential moisture escapes. This results in dehydration with symptoms such as tightness, flakiness, roughness and itchiness.

Introducing Dermalogica’s powerful NEW UltraCalmingTM additions.
Enriched with potent actives that target sensitivity, Calm Water Gel and Barrier Defense Booster work synergistically to relieve today’s irritation providing instant comfort and protect skin against environmental assault, intercepting tomorrow’s flare-ups.
Calm Water Gel
A weightless water-gel moisturiser that hydrates dry, sensitive skin. As you dispense this product, the unique formula transforms into a skin-quenching fluid to provide hydration to dry, irritated skin. It contains dual Hyaluronic Acid technology that works in different skin surface layers to increase and lock in moisture. Apple Fruit and Glycerine hydrates
and softens whilst defending against dryness. And Cactus Pear provides soothing and calming effects by impacting neurogenic inflammation.
94% of people noticed their skin felt more hydrated, both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Barrier Defense Booster
This concentrated oil booster soothes, nourishes and moisturises to restore balance to
sensitive skin. The lightweight, non-comedogenic formula contains a Triple Defense Complex that nourishes the skin and relieves dryness. It locks in moisture and reinforces the lipid barrier to combat sensitivity and support healthy looking skin. Tetrahydrocucurminoids an active constituent of Turmeric Root acts a powerful antiinflammatory and anti-oxidant. And Oat Kernel Oil reduces irritation and redness plus it hydrates the epidermal layers to improve skins barrier. Use 6-10 drops pressed onto the skin before moisturising or add into your moisturiser. Use twice a day for around the clock defence.
96% of people felt their skin soothed both 8 hours after initial application and cumulatively after 4 weeks of use.

Find out how to integrate the UltraCalmingTM Duo into your regimen
Visit our Dermalogica Skin Experts in *LloydsPharmacy Stores for a personalised Skin Fitness Plan, powered by Face Mapping®. Our Therapists will take the time to understand your skin concerns and share tips on how to manage your sensitivity triggers.

We also offer the Sensitive Skin Rescue SkinSolver; this 10 minute professional service leaves your skin calm, smooth and hydrated.
Don’t just pacify your sensitive skin symptoms with simple, bland formulas, use Dermalogica’s UltraCalmingTM system to powerfully soothe, calm and repair your skin with the power of nature and science to bring the balance back to sensitive skin.

 

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LloydsPharmacy Blackrock S.C.
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