Healthy little skins with the experts
Updated: Apr 14, 2020
Whether your child has been diagnosed with eczema previously, has a little skin that dries up after taking a bubble bath, gets angry after playing in grass OR just feels like a little snake in winter months- bathtime products are something that is so incredibly overwhelming, ESPECIALLY if you have a sensitive or eczema prone skin. It is so hard to choose correctly the first time and not learn by trial and error, therefore I consulted the experts.
If you are unsure about what eczema is exactly, I suggest that you hop on over to @pediatricsandplaydough ’s website to read more about it, and exactly what topical (on the skin) and oral (taking per mouth) treatment entails in conjunction with appropriate cleansers and emollients.
For the latter part, I consulted the fabulous @drtarrynjacobs, famous, fabulous Pretoria based Dermatologist and I am so excited to share her tips and useful products.
Atopic dermatitis (AD) a.k.a Atopic eczema / ‘Eczema’ is a term which comes from the Greek word ‘to boil’ and is used to describe red, dry, itchy skin that is sometimes weeping.
AD is more than just an “allergy”, it’s a complex multi factorial condition which is characterised by a change in the skin barrier. Yep, our skin acts as a barrier, protecting from infections, mechanical stress and chemical irritation. There are over-reactive immune responses in the skin in AD,which leads to inflammation. There is also absent or abnormal proteins in the epidermis. This means the skin’s ability to do all the things that it’s supposed to do is reduced. Environmental factors that play a role include contact with soaps, detergents, allergens and infection with certain bacteria and viruses.
Topical corticosteroids are used first line to reduce itch and skin inflammation. Good skin care is also an important part of therapy.
Here are selfcare tips for bathing, moisturising and the products that I recommend for AD. They are also suitable for dry and sensitive skin #notsponsored
If you don’t have these at home right now – please know that petroleum jelly (like Vaseline found in many households) is an inexpensive, fragrance-free product that has been used by dermatologists for years. ️