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Atopic eczema: when irritation becomes chronic


Atopic eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic and allergenic condition that manifests itself through the appearance of red patches and itching. To overcome the problem and soothe the itchiness, the skin's barrier function must be restored.


“Strange” skin on the face

Atopic eczema is very dry skin, mainly on the face, that feels tight and itchy. It can also be flaky and sometimes haverough red patches. Permanent irritation, discomfort and a feeling of having a “strange” skin make it hard to bear. Of course, when these symptoms occur on the face, individual and social well-being are partularly affected.


A chronic condition under sway

Chronic and allergenic, atopic eczema occurs in those with a genetic predisposition for the condition. When the skin is low in lipids, its barrier becomes altered. Outcome: it becomes vulnerable to irritation and allergens. Dust mites, pollen, animals and pollution are external elements likely to trigger the symptoms of this condition.


The priority: soothe the itching

While scratching can temporarily relieve the irritation, it will only maintain the eczema because it worsens the skin's alteration. To break the vicious circle of atopy, it is therefore important to soothe this itchiness. Some essential steps must be taken:

  • Wash your face with a lipid-enriched anti-irritation cleanser

  • Apply a body emollient daily: this will help restore the hydrolipidic film, restructure the skin's barrier and limit the penetration of irritants.

Spa treatments can also be used to soothe itching, purify the skin and prevent secondary infection.

Don’t hesitate to consult your dermatologist. They are there to help you.

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