Atopic dermatitis or eczema affects around 230 million people worldwide. Although in most patients the condition fades away with age, in about 15% of cases it accompanies people throughout their whole adulthood. How to effectively control it and bring relief to cumbersome symptoms?
Many environmental as well as genetic factors are attributed to the genesis of atopic dermatitis, yet the exact mechanism behind it remains unknown until this day. The pioneering theory claims that the condition is a generalised disease of the immune system in which an excess of pro-inflammatory cytokines gives rise to the lesions. What is known for sure, the affected patients have an inherited skin barrier defect which subsequently leads to hardly controlled skin dryness and unfavorable shifts in the skin’s microbiome, hence a greater propensity for infections.
The appearance of atopic dermatitis lesions does not differ much from other types of eczema such as contact dermatitis. In its acute form, eczema is characterised by red oozing, crusting lesions with vesicles and oedema. Nonetheless, in adults, papules, nodules and skin lichenification (thickening) occur more commonly due to prior long-time skin scratching (the lesions itch). Besides, xerosis, or overall skin dryness remains a continuous concern.
Typically, a wide range of medicines is applied in the case of atopic dermatitis. Most often the lesions are controlled with topical steroids and topical calcineurin inhibitors to tame the excessive response of the immune system. Sometimes, phototherapy may be useful. In the more severe cases, oral antihistamines, oral steroids and immunosuppressive agents are prescribed. Nonetheless, irrespective of the main therapy of choice, an atopic dermatitis patient should use specially formulated skincare to effectively alleviate the symptoms.
In atopic dermatitis, the skin’s protective barrier is damaged what causes cumbersome skin dryness, discomfort and flaking. Undoubtedly, to address this issue, the skin lipid mantle should be replenished and the skin’s healthy hydration level - restored. MCCM Medical Cosmetics Atopical Cream has it all - it has been specially designed for people struggling with sensitive atopic skins. The moisturizer contains Palmitioyl Tripeptide, an innovative, highly effective ingredient which repairs skin wounds and skin lipid barrier extraordinarily well. At the same time, Sodium Hyaluronate and Sorbitol attract water to the skin, instantly making it more hydrated. Ultimately, the skin is soothed, more resilient and well-moistured.
The rules are very similar when it comes to controlling the symptoms of eczema of the face and eczema of the body. An ideal lotion should both hydrate the skin and lock the moisture in by repairing the skin lipid barrier. MCCM Medical Cosmetics XR Body Lotion does exactly that. Stearic Acid is an effective emollient, replenishing the skin’s protective film and preventing the water from evaporating from the skin surface. Simultaneously, Glycerin and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice deeply hydrate the skin, notably increasing its moisture level. The skin of the body is finally soothed, soft and luminous without any discomfort.
At the same time, hands also need proper care. MCCM Medical Cosmetics XR Hand Cream has been specially formulated to satisfy even the driest, cracked and damaged ones. Urea deeply moisturizes the skin and prevents skin cracking and peeling while a mixture of Aloe, Musk Rose and Calendula soothe and calm the skin. You will never feel the discomfort of the skin of the hands anymore!
Another thing that atopic and any other kind of sensitive skin is prone to is getting excessively irritated/inflamed upon shaving, waxing or even being exposed to the sun. In situations like this, immediate relief is needed to prevent further aggravation of the discomfort. MCCM Medical Cosmetics 100% Aloe Vera Gel is ideal for it - it is moisturizing, nourishing, regenerative and superbly soothing. The plant’s healing and anti-inflammatory properties have been known and widely applied for ages - nowadays, studies confirm that Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice is excellently effective in treating both acute and chronic wounds including psoriatic lesions and ulcers. Moreover, it is even more beneficial when combined with regular emollients used for atopic dermatitis - when such a blend was applied by eczema patients for six weeks, their SCORAD (severity index of lesions) and DLQI (quality of life questionnaire) scores were substantially better than before starting the treatment. Besides, Aloe is naturally antimicrobial and will prevent unwanted infections that could arise after cosmetic procedures. The skin becomes soothed, hydrated and healthily nourished.
By Dr Alexandra Postlethwaite
December 2, 2021