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28/10/2013 - Features

Hygiene advice for atopic eczema

It is incorrect to think that you should limit the number of baths you take when you are suffering from eczema. In fact, a bath has several benefits: it cleanses, relaxes and prepares the skin for the application of emollients.

It is incorrect to think that you should limit the number of baths you take when you are suffering from eczema. In fact, a bath has several benefits: it cleanses, relaxes and prepares the skin for the application of emollients.

To take care of your skin properly when it is irritated, it is important to daily gently cleanse, without rubbing.

Advice for atopic-prone skin:

Water temperature | Whether in the bath or in the shower, the temperature of the water should never exceed 34°C. In fact, you should always keep the water temperature between 30°C and 32°C because hot water increases skin dryness and reactivates itching. If you prefer a shower, it should be no longer than five minutes, as hard water dries out the skin. If you prefer a bath, it should not exceed 15 minutes.

Cleansing cares | For cleansing atopic-prone skin (eczema), it is crucial to use soap-free products that gently clean and not aggravate skin dryness. To gently clean your skin, you can use the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing cleansing oil that is formulated for the very dry skin of infants, children and adults, leaving the skin soft and comfortable. The soap-free and fragrance-free XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing cleansing oil, does not sting eyes and can be used during flare-ups. Moreover, adding a liquid emollient to the bath water will neutralize the water's hardness, which is why we recommend Exomega Soothing Bath, non cleansing skin care that soothens and softens the skin. 

Finally, it is important to dry by patting gently, rubbing can reactivate the pruritis, which will increase itching.

Skin hydration | Treating eczema is a long-term treatment as this pathology progresses in flare-ups. However, it is reassuring to know that in the majority of cases, around 5-6 years old, the child will not suffer from eczema anymore.

The anomaly in the superficial layers of the skin makes hydration essential in eczema treatment. Atopic-prone skin needs to be hydrated with a good emollient, several times a day.
Emollients are essential in treating atopic-prone skin. It limits the passage of irritants and allergens, improves skin comfort, spaces flares-up and reduces the use of topical steroids. Emollients reduce dryness of the skin, therefore itching and tightness, which is why they are essential.

Eau thermale Avène offers two emollient care products for atopic-prone skin: the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing cream and the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing balm. The XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing cream is specifically formulated for moderate to intense dry skin, for infants, children and adults and, the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-replenishing balm is specifically formulated for the severe dry skin of the whole family.

To learn more about the benefits of the XéraCalm A.D line, visit xeracalm.ca.

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