REGULAR HYDRATION IS CRUCIAL, BUT NEEDN’T BE HEAVY
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When skin’s natural protective layer of lipids (its barrier function) is compromised, it can result in flare-ups of dry, itchy skin. That’s why it’s crucial to keep dry, eczema-prone skin regularly moisturised with an emollient cream. However, there’s no need for thick, gloopy textures: emollients can still be light and feel pleasant on the skin.
FIRST UNDERSTAND WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA
When you have eczema, the skin is “constitutionally” dry. Which means it is not very efficient at producing the surface oily film that protects healthy skin. This leaves the skin open to attack by external irritants (chemicals in some cosmetics, cleaning products, washing powder etc.) and allergens (such as pets, house dust mite, pollen). These attacks causentense itching and inflammation, or flare-ups;
Eczema is a hereditary condition that runs in families. It principally affects babies and children under 5, but it can continue into adulthood.
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REGULAR, CONSISTENT HYDRATION KEEPS ECZEMA FLARE-UPS AT BAY ￼
Occasionally using emollients (moisturising and hydrating products) is not enough if you suffer from eczema on your body or face. Consistency is key even when your skin is not experiencing a flare-up. After every shower or bath, ensure you apply an appropriate hydrating cream for atopic skin. You can use LIPIKAR Baume AP+M as often as needed to moisturise throughout the day, which might be more than once a day in winter when skin tends to be drier.