Atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as atopic eczema, is a very common dry skin condition that can affect almost anyone but tends to be most common amongst young children.
Fortunately, this type of eczema clears up in most cases by the age of 16. The condition comes in several levels of severity; mild symptoms include itchiness and redness while more severe symptoms include inflamed or dry cracked skin.
Atopic skin is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the skin's protective barrier becomes weak. When the skin’s natural oils and fats are low, skin cells are less able to retain hydration, which causes them to shrink. Hence, flaking and cracks increase. This causes moisture to be lost from the deeper layers of the skin, making it easier for bacteria and irritants to pass through. The skin can become red and inflamed on contact with allergens and everyday irritants.Atopic skin can be dry and cracked and, in more severe cases, can be weepy and crusty.
*Source: www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a-non-steroid-approach-to-eczema.htm, April 2013
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Though putting perfume may be a part of your daily routine, it can adversely affect your skin condition. Other external factors that can also irritate the skin and worsen your atopic skin condition include the following:
There may also be a specialist skin clinic in your area that can give you more advice on managing atopic skin. Your healthcare professional should be able to give you more information about these clinics.
It is important to use products made with emollients as they are specially formulated for cleansing and hydrating atopic skin. Emollient washes and creams work together to keep atopic skin moisturized and calmed throughout the day. For best results, use a combination of these products regularly, not just when the skin is particularly dry or sore, to moisturize and soothe atopic eczema.
With emollient washes, baths or oils.
With emollient creams, lotions or ointments
Soothing and moisturising can help to calm your skin during the day
Rich and soothing, can be used at night to moisturise very dry skin
Cleanse your skin gently and leave a layer of protective oil
Use mild cleansers to gently wash your skin without drying it out