What is Atopic Skin?
Atopic skin or atopic dermatitis is a non-contagious, chronic inflammatory skin disease with periods of crisis and remission. This disease usually appears in childhood and tends to lose intensity in adulthood. Its symptoms are usually eczema, dry to very dry skin and irritated skin, flaking, and itching. In atopic dermatitis, the skin barrier is compromised, allowing greater penetration of external agents that will promote skin inflammation and reduce its barrier function.
What care should be taken with atopic skin?
Since in atopic dermatitis the skin’s barrier function is compromised, skincare should be a priority to help restore its integrity.
The shower should be quick, between 5 to 10 minutes, and with lukewarm water. In addition, gentle, non-delipidating hygiene products that promote hydration should also be used. After the shower, it is recommended the application of an atopic skin emollient to keep the skin hydrated and the integrity of the skin barrier.
Regarding the clothes to be used, preference should be given to clothes made from natural fibers, such as cotton, avoiding synthetic fibers or wool.
Factors that can exacerbate symptoms such as detergents, stress, sudden changes in temperature, pollen, dust, or mites should be avoided.
What products to use on atopic skin?
Firstly, moisturizing products that are suitable for atopic skin. These are products with ingredients that repair the skin barrier and nourish and soothe the skin. Since there are many options available, we gathered a selection to help you to get to know what the brands have to offer.
For the shower, you can use a shower gel or shower oil, such as Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Moussant Ultra-Rich Foaming Gel, A-Derma Exomega Control Emollient Shower Oil, or ISDIN Nutratopic Pro-AMP Emollient Bath Gel.
After the shower, you should always apply an emollient, such as La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+M Triple Action Balm, Eucerin AtopiControl Lotion or Uriage Xémose Lipid-Replenishing Anti-Irritation Cream.
There are also other products that may be useful, such as a stick for application in specific areas, to help reduce itching, a barrier cream of a mist to help reduce itching. We are talking about La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP+ stick, SVR Topialyse Barrier Cream, and Uriage Xémose SOS Anti-Itch Mist.
We really hope this selection is useful for you and if you have any questions, get in touch with us!