Expert Eczema Advice: Protecting The Skin Barrier
Keeping eczema prone skin well moisturised is key to successfully managing the symptoms of eczema. Eczema causes the skin to become thicker and scaly and very, very itchy. But although the skin feels thicker, the barrier function is compromised and the affected skin cannot retain moisture. So this means that putting on moisturiser once a day is simply not enough for eczema prone skin.
Instead use moisturiser liberally, putting it on thickly like icing on a cake and gently massage into the skin. Apply immediately after bathing or showering while the skin is still slightly damp and warm. And take a tube of moisturiser with you so you can reapply frequently throughout the day.
While there is no known cure for eczema, when the skin is well hydrated it is far less itchy and uncomfortable, so you are far less likely to scratch and break the surface of the skin. Liberal application of moisturiser breaks the itch/scratch/itch cycle.
Eczema prone skin tends to be a lot more sensitive to skin care products so try to get into the habit of reading labels and avoid moisturisers containing known skin irritants. You will be surprised how many ‘moisturisers’ contain ingredients that are not skin friendly. Known skin irritants include:
- SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), SLES (sodium laureth sulfate), ALS (ammonium lauryl sulfate)
- Synthetic fragrance
- Preservatives (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea)
A powerful natural healing cream, Rhino Repair contains none of the above skin irritants. It's approved by the NZ Eczema Association and recommended by NZ dermatologists. With 12 natural ingredients, it is a powerful natural skin healing cream that soothes and heals irritated and itchy skin.
Looking for further guidance or advice on eczema, dermatitis or any other adverse skin condition? Book a Free Consultation with our registered dermatological nurse, Susan.