The skin has a protective barrier layer of lipids, around one eighth the thickness of a sheet of paper that stops chemicals from getting into the body and keeps moisture in.
Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) November 17, 2010
The use of aqueous cream, one of the most widely prescribed treatments for eczema and other dry skin conditions, is being called into question after a recent study from the University of Bath published in the British Journal of Dermatology. The study shows that Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) a detergent commonly used in aqueous creams, damages the skin's protective barrier, making eczema and dry skin worse.
Richard Guy, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University and Project Supervisor explained: "The skin has a protective barrier layer of lipids, around one eighth the thickness of a sheet of paper that stops chemicals from getting into the body and keeps moisture in."
"SLS is a detergent used to mix oils into water-based moisturisation creams to give a nice creamy texture. It's also used widely in shower gels and other cosmetics. Our study has found that rubbing aqueous cream containing SLS into the skin, thins this protective barrier, making the skin more susceptible to irritation by chemicals."
"So to use this cream on eczemous skin, which is already thin and vulnerable to irritation, is likely to make the condition even worse."
After making sure Sodium Lauryl Sulphate isn't being used in your eczema treatment product check the ingredients of your other skin care and personal care products. SLS is often used in many lotions, shampoos, soap, and even toothpaste. Exposure to SLS can lead to serious side effects, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, skin irritation, nausea and vomiting.
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion provides a natural alternative to dry skin and eczema treatment for those currently using aqueous creams. It has been recommended by over 4,500 dermatologists for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin problems. The shielding lotion contains natural and safe ingredients that work together to enhance the skin's own natural protective abilities.
Dr. Lisa Benest explains that "A shielding lotion like Skin MD Natural provides a natural barrier on top of the skin to protect it from outside chemicals and irritants. In addition, it also acts to keep the moisture and the oils in the skin so that the skin can heal itself. Shielding lotions not only protect the skin's barrier but they restore the moisture to the skin and allow the skin to continue to moisturize itself, so that your skin does not become addicted to the moisturizer, and ultimately cures the dry skin."
For more information:
Shielding Lotions: http://www.skincarenet.org/skin-care-breakthrough.html
Skin MD Natural: http://www.skinmdnatural.com
British Journal of Dermatology: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2133/earlyview
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