Atopic skin shouldn’t be ignored: its symptoms can affect all aspects of life of those who suffer from it. For this reason, it’s important to recognise and treat it with the right habits and specific dermatological products.
What is atopic skin?
When the skin barrier is altered, the skin dries out and can no longer obstruct the entrance of harmful substances. This is what happens to atopic skin, or skin that suffers from atopic dermatitis.
The primary symptoms are:
- Red spots
- Intense itchiness
- Dry skin
In more serious cases vesicles and swelling with erosion and scabs also appear.
The parts of the body affected often depends on the person’s age. In the first months of life, it primarily affects the cheeks, forehead, and scalp. In later years it affects the folds of the elbow, perioral area, and hands.
What are the causes of atopic skin?
Underlying atopic dermatitis is an alteration of the skin barrier, which can no longer hold water and obstruct the entrance of potentially hazardous substances. This alteration can be the result of:
- Genetic predisposition
- Exposure to smoking
- Dust mites
Atopic skin treatments: the best practices
It’s recommended in cases of atopic skin to follow the treatment indicated by your doctor or dermatologist.
It’s equally important to apply specific emollients that will restore the balance of your skin barrier, and that:
- Contain fundamental epidermal lipids: specifically, ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acid.
- Don’t contain irritant or allergenic substances such as alcohol or fragrances.
Furthermore, it’s essential to use gentle cleansers that are easy on the skin and its natural defences, and therefore won’t affect your skin barrier’s lipids or potentially aggravate symptoms.
Even some everyday precautions can help you to live better with atopic skin:
- Be careful about what you wear. Avoid woolen or nylon clothing, as they can increase sensations of itchiness. You should opt for loose, cotton clothing, as tighter-fitting clothing can increase friction with irritated skin
- Create a suitable environment at home, eliminating sources of accumulation of allergens (such as plush toys or carpets) and regularly vacuum (preferably with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter)
- Watch what you eat. Potential food intolerances can exacerbate the problem.
The Ceramol solutions for atopic skin
Our products originated from study of children’s skin barrier and are therefore suitable for the most sensitive skin or skin with an atopic tendency.
They’re free of alcohol, aggressive surfactants, fragrances, or preservatives that can cause an allergic reaction.
The above information is not medical advice. It is given purely as an indication and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice.