Eczema ~~ Myths and Facts

Eczema ~~ Myths and Facts

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No matter what the cause is, the crux of the problem with eczema is damaged skin barrier, resulting:

  • Skin losing its moisture constantly
  • Harsh soaps, solvents, drying weather can now do more damage

Before taking steps to heal dry, eczema-prone skin, we will have to clear some myths and facts.

 

Does drinking water help?

In short, No.

Your inner hydration level and your skin hydration level are not the same.

 

Why is hot water bad for dry eczema prone skin?

Hot water strips oils from skin and it in turn causing moisture lost from skin more quickly.

Hot water also increases skin blood flow and this brings in the building blocks for inflammation.

 

What else can strip skin oils?

  • Soap and cleanser residue left on skin
  • Harsh solvents
  • Harsh and windy weather

 

How do moisturizers help?

Moisturizer traps water that your skin needs to heal. When applied correctly, water binding ingredients will hold water in the outer layers of your skin.

Oils in your moisturizer will also seep into your skin to replace lost skin oils.

 

What are the water-binding ingredients in moisturizers and lotions?

Do look out for below ingredients:

 

How long will it take to heal?

It depends.

In order for your skin to help you will need to:

  • Stop the skin damage
  • Allow inflammation to subside
  • Top 2 skin barrier layers to repair and heal themselves with all structural integrity of healthy skin.

Once healed, keep the good skin care routine and do not slide back into whatever caused the dryness.

 

References

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Rawlings AV, Harding CR. Moisturization and skin barrier function. Dermatol Ther. 2004;17 Suppl 1:43-8.

Lodén M. Role of topical emollients and moisturizers in the treatment of dry skin barrier disordersm, Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(11):771-88.

Imokawa G. Stratum corneum lipids serve as a bound-water modulator. J Invest Dermatol. 1991 Jun;96(6):845-51.

Cho HJ. Quantitative study of stratum corneum ceramides contents in patients with sensitive skin. J Dermatol. 2011 Oct 31.

Ivan D. Cardona, MDcorrespondenceemail, Leland Stillman, MD, Neal Jain, MD, Does bathing frequency matter in pediatric atopic dermatitis? Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, July 2016 Volume 117, Issue 1, Pages 9–13

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