Atopic skin is a very common dry skin condition that can affect almost anyone, but tends to be most common amongst young children.
Fortunately, it clears up in most cases by the age of 16. This condition comes in several levels of severity; mild symptoms include itchiness and redness while more severe symptoms include inflamed or cracked skin.
Atopic skin is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the skin's protective barrier becomes weak. When the skin’s natural oil and fats are low, the skin cells are less able to retain hydration. This leads the skin cells to shrink leading to increased flaking and cracks. This causes moisture to be lost from the deeper layers of the skin and bacteria and irritants can pass through more easily. The skin can become red and inflamed on contact with allergens and everyday irritants.
*Source: www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/a-non-steroid-approach-to-eczema.htm, April 2013
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The following external factors can irritate the skin:
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 moisturised and soothed throughout the day. For best results, use a combination of these products regularly, not just when the skin is particularly dry or sore, to moisturise and soothe your atopic skin.
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