Dr Ian Webster
Dr Ian Webster

Your Baby’s Skin – A Dermatologist’s Insights

Severe atopic eczema mainly occurs in children. It can be a debilitating condition for both child and parent.

As a Dermatologist with 25 years of experience, I have found this condition one of the most difficult and challenging medical conditions to treat – this is because it not only affects the skin but it also causes much emotional distress to both a child and its parents and physical discomfort to the child. It is a chronic condition which cannot be cured but there is much that can be done to alleviate the condition and to make it more manageable and less stressful. Patience, understanding and support from the medical professional treating the child are of paramount importance.

There has been a marked increase in atopic eczema over the last few decades and it is a common condition affecting up to 20% of children in the USA. Approximately one in five children in the Western world will develop atopic eczema or dermatitis. Some children develop it in a mild form but in others it can be severe with an ongoing itching, scratching, oozing and infection cycle.

“Approximately one in five children in the Western world will develop atopic eczema or dermatitis”

The terms eczema and dermatitis essentially mean the same thing so it is often a personal preference as to which term one would use.

There are various theories as to the cause of atopic eczema with a hereditary predisposition being one of the more common ones. Patients with atopic eczema are more likely to develop hay fever and asthma. This is what we call this the ‘atopic’ march – in other words, the patients start off with eczema and then may develop hay fever and asthma.

Approximately 30% of patients with atopic eczema will have a genetically dry skin which we call Ichthyosis Vulgaris. There is a structural protein called filaggrin that is deficient in the epidermis (top layer of the skin) of these patients with this genetically dry skin. This leads to an abnormal barrier function.

If the mothers of infants with genetically dry skin wash their babies with soap with too harsh a soap, with the wrong pH, this can impair the barrier function of the skin further. A child may become sensitized to house dust mite, pollens, foods, chemicals, bacteria etc. This, in turn, can trigger a whole allergic cascade to environmental allergens. Despite the best care, flare-ups can occur – the eczema can subside for long periods and then flare with various degrees of severity. There is always a reason and these include not only using the incorrect products but also environmental changes – changing seasons – the cold, dry winters can cause eczema to flare because heaters and closed environments are conducive to an increase in house dust mites. Spending time in chlorinated swimming pools in summer, heat and sweat can also trigger eczema.

Therefore, it is essential for any newborn baby but especially in a child whose parents may have had asthma, hay fever or eczema that the child only is cleansed with the very mildest of products. These products should be gentle and should not disrupt the epidermal barrier function.

“If the mothers of infants with genetically dry skin wash their babies with too harsh a soap, with the wrong pH, this will impair the barrier function of the skin further”

It is very important that literally from birth, the correct cleansers and moisturisers are used on your baby to help prevent the onset of atopic eczema.

Most children grow out of eczema but they will always have a tendency towards it especially if their professions later on in life expose them to triggers – this is especially common for chefs, hairdressers, motor mechanics, skin therapists etc. It is vitally important that medical professionals counsel their young eczema patients to understand that they are always at risk.

Mustela®

At Dermastore®, our products are carefully curated based on well-researched science that is safe and effective – I am happy to report that this range meets all those criteria. It has always been my desire to not only sell products but to add value to these products by sharing information gleaned from my experience as a Dermatologist.

I will share regular, original content specialist advice with you as part of this commitment to helping young skins.

It is very important that literally from birth, the correct cleansers and moisturisers should be used on your baby to help prevent the onset of atopic eczema”

Mustela® is a French-developed range of products, with a history of over 50 Years of Research & Development. The products are gentle and do not contain any ingredients that will irritate your baby’s skin – in fact, most of the products contain over 90% natural ingredients but they are the good natural ingredients that will help to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction and promote a healthy skin barrier function from birth.

Here are just a few of the good reasons for you to consider protecting your baby’s skin from birth with the Mustela® range:

Safety

Mustela knows that nothing is more precious than your baby and so it is committed to safety first and foremost. Developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals, all of Mustela’s products are hypoallergenic, high-tolerance and do not contain any parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates or alcohol. Before being marketed, they are systematically put through the strictest possible tests to confirm that they are of the safest quality.

Proven Effectiveness

At the cutting edge of Dermatological Research, Mustela’s products are the fruits of Expanscience Laboratories’ dermatological expertise. They have all been carefully assessed as part of clinical trials or usage tests under dermatological and paediatric control to demonstrate their safety and efficacy.

Specialist Natural Products

The plant world possesses infinite resources for nurturing delicate skin. In all of its products, Mustela favours ingredients that are either natural or of natural origin: For example, Mustela Bébé products contain 92% ingredients of natural origin on average.

Unique Pleasure of Using Them

Mustela Bébé’s products are highly sensorial: they enhance moments of intimacy between mother and baby through the unique comfort and pleasure that using them can generate. Their pleasant aroma turns a mother’s every gesture into a moment of well-being, gently awakening all the senses.

A Responsible Brand

Taking care of our children also involves taking care of the environment in which they live. At every stage in the life cycle of its products, Mustela does everything it can to minimise the impact that they have on the environment. Mustela bottles, for example, can all be recycled. The boxes used are from sustainably managed forests, and Mustela Bébé foaming formulations are all biodegradable.

Posted in NEWS / Body Care on May 5th, 2016.

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