ARE you one of those newly suffering from eczema?
A recent study has revealed it is on the rise, not helped by all that handwashing and hygiene gels.
I asked Dr Angela Goyal of OneMedical Group (onemedicalgroup.co.uk) how to treat eczema.
She says: “A common misconception is that the more expensive a product is, the better. That’s not the case.
“Often when a product is pricier, it reflects costs such as marketing and packaging rather than the product itself.”
Look after your skin with these ideas.
DON’T PICK ON PRICE: Choose by the ingredients in a product instead. Dr Goyal says: “Another belief is that a product labelled ‘natural’ must be better for the skin.
“However, ‘natural’ is not a regulated nor a legal term. Products labelled ‘natural’, ‘vegan’, ‘gluten-free’, ‘cosmeceutical’ and ‘hypoallergenic’ are rising in popularity and more expensive.
“But these terms are not accountable in the same way that drugs are regulated. There are no legal standards around using these terms.”
SOAP SWAP: Opt for soap substitutes. They won’t strip your skin of oils.
When eczema-prone skin is stripped of natural oils, it becomes inflamed. Using substitutes helps to prevent eczema.
Examples are Aquamax, E45 wash cream and Oilatum emollient shower gel.
My tip: Oilatum at Lloyds Pharmacy for £9.49 is 70p cheaper than at Boots.
STEER CLEAR: Avoid aqueous cream and products containing sodium lauryl sulphate, which can irritate the skin.
But you should moisturise more with less costly brands to improve the skin’s barrier.
My tip: These are labelled as SLS-free and start at £13 at greenpeople.co.uk. Sign up to a newsletter to save more.
ROUND THE CLOCK: Use an ointment at night and a cream in the day.
There are many emollients and creams that won’t break the bank, such as Cetraben, Epaderm and QV.
My tip: Get the Epaderm range at Superdrug from £3.49.
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