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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Laura Loves: Get Winter Ready

Short cold days, long dark nights, what’s a girl to do to stay in good spirits? To prepare for Winter, I myself start with the flu jab and a stock up of Vitamin C to avoid any unnecessary bouts of illness.

Then I reassess my beauty routine for changes that will benefit my skin in really simple ways that take little time.

Sure, it’s nice to have a few hours to really treat the skin and enjoy some spa ideas in the comfort of your own bathroom, but on other days you need effective beauty that takes only moments to make a difference.

Great skin care starts with cleansing. If dry skin is an issue in Winter, make sure to use a cleansing product that suits.

Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil, RRP €15.99A cleansing oil is ideal for all the family, it keeps skin clean but also moisturised. Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil suits adults and children (over 3 months) and has over 50% of oils for skin that feels comforted and silky, €15.99. Perfect for when you haven’t time for body lotion afterwards, or if a family member suffers itching and very dry skin.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

As pleasant as a facial is, it isn’t always possible to spend 30 minutes on your skin when there’s so much else to do at home. Which is why a super speedy, effective treatment mask is the perfect choice. Natural range REN has lots of mask options that exfoliate and brighten skin immediately, but it’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a 60 second skin boost. Using water-soluble Vitamin C, it gives the skin instant radiance, dispelling tired and dull looking skin, €38. Apply after cleansing, dampen the fingertips and massage to activate the Vitamin C. Use every 3 days or as suits for brighter skin all Winter.

Vichy Idealia Skin SleepAnd so to sleep, the top time to get skin in better condition and looking fresh in the morning. Clean and relaxed, skin is open to all manner of great ingredients that have all night to get working. Sleep masks are the new beauty must-have, cream masks that mop up the day’s damage and revive tired skin without messing up your pillow. Vichy’s Idealia Skin Sleep is leading the charge on masks, they promise results in as little as 8 days, €28/50ml.

NUXE Reve De Miel hand & nail creamLast but not least, one final treat before bed, for your hands and feet. It takes a mere 15 seconds to pop on a little nourishing cream that hydrates, softens and keeps skin healthy. Hand and Nail Cream Reve de Miel by Nuxe (€12.75) is a honey-enriched, silky moisturising layer that nourishes intensely. A quick layer just before slipping under your duvet guarantees smooth hands and feet come morning, it also smells like heaven, sweet dreams!

Deal of the Week- Don’t miss out, in your local LloydsPharmacy from the 8th-14th there’s 50% selected Baylis & Harding Weekend Bags filled with gorgeous beauty, RRP €40, save €20 for just this week at your local LloydsPharmacy.

Written by Laura Bermingham

Winter Skincare Essentials

From chapped lips to feeling like your makeup just isn’t sitting right, Winter can play havoc on your skin. Dry heat and dipping temperatures can make it seem as if dull, dry and clogged skin is what we have to accept but thankfully not anymore! LloydsPharmacy have all the products to ensure you survive the cold winter months gorgeously.

Young adult girl in winter park, shallow DOFHere are some of my favorite products you should look out for and snap up before the temperature plummets.

1) Udo’s Oil; consists of omega 3, 6 and 9.  This is essential in the Winter months as the fish oils make the skin softer and smoother from the inside

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Udo’s Choice, 250ml, €14.99

2) Eucerin Dry Skin Replenishing Face Cream; This clinically studied moisturiser  soothes and nourishes dry skin prone to tightness, flakiness and sensitivity.

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Eucerin Dry Skin Replenishing Face Cream, 50ml, €8.99

3) La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+; For body and face, this is great for atopic skin as it sooths immediately with its anti-itch ingredient Niacin amide (anti-histamine), shea butter to nourish, and canola oil which acts as an anti-inflammatory. It adds oil to the skin and acts as a barrier, essential when winter skin starts shedding.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP, 200ml, €12.99

4) La Roche-Posay Ciciplast Baume B5; This heavy-duty balm heals and repairs the lips while you sleep. Great for extreme dryness thanks to its ingredients MP Lipids,5% Panthenol and 10% shea butter, wind burn chapped lips are also taken care of.

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La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lips, 7.5ml, €6.50

5) La Roche-Posay Ciciplast Baume B5; A cult classic, this is a multi-indication treatment for the entire family which repairs and soothes itchy patches, skin dryness, skin discomfort and minor burn. Ingredients include panthenol, copper, zinc, manganese and shea butter.

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La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5, 40ml, €7.50

6) La Roche-Posay Spa Water; Great for when you’re on-the-go, this refreshing mist soothes and softens sensitive skin thanks to its high mineral content.

La Roche Posay Spa Water, 150ml, €8.99

La Roche Posay Spa Water, 150ml, €8.99

7) Nuxe Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub; Remove dead skin cells to give a healthy glowing skin while also smoothing and purifying the skin you’re keeping under wraps.

Nuxe Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub, 125ml, €19.99

Nuxe Cleansing Exfoliating Scrub, 125ml, €19.99

Call into your local LloydsPharmacy today for more free impartial skincare advice from our accredited skincare experts.