Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eczema cream meant to soothe makes skin worse: Aqueous cream

London, Oct 19 (IANS) A cheap emollient cream to treat the irritated skin of eczema sufferers may actually worsen their condition.
Researchers have now discovered that aqueous cream BP can aggravate the condition. Tests show a detergent contained in the cream thins the skin and actually causes irritation.

Although aqueous cream has been prescribed for millions of sufferers from childhood, it is the first time research has been carried out on an ingredient called sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), reports the Daily Mail.

It was previously thought that the 'stinging' sensation affecting half of users was due to a preservative or antiseptic in the cream, according to the British Journal of Dermatology.

In a study by the Bath University researchers, Britain, aqueous cream reduced the thickness of healthy skin in volunteers by more than 10 percent in just four weeks and water loss was increased.

Richard Guy, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Bath, said the remedy was likely to aggravate the dry, itchy rashes that plague eczema sufferers.

He said: '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,' concluded Guy.


p/s: argh tensen je rs, patutla kulit zara cm makin teruk. skang ni eczema dia kt muka lak. ade la beberapa kali sapu ngn krim tu..dia buat kulit jadi nipis n worsen. huhu sian zara. cream tu paed yg kasi

*update: am not sure zara punya aqueous tu jenis yg sama mcm dlm news ni or tak. same je ke semua aqueous cream eh? x buat research lg on that.


Nadya said...

aydan pun eczema..dulu ok then doc bg ubat yg baru ni mcm xjln je..but now tgh pakai lotion Physiogel.ade kt guardian. alhamdulillah dah lembut balik pipi die.kalu tak cam terhakis keras n kasar je kulit.xsure abt aqueous ni.

Wizza said...

eh btul la nadya.sama la,cm kasar kan n keras.nadya pakai hydrocortisone tu kan? cream yg doc kasi aritu aqueous cream+hydrocortisone 1%. rasa nya sama la cm nadya..

physiogel tu utk baby ke?

Puan Jiha said...

kesian kan tgk kulit anak jd camtu... Aqeef doc suspect eczema gak.... habis pipi, telinga, leher, cradle cap n pusat die.... tp Alhamdulillah dah 2 hari makan ubat n sapu ubat yg dermatologist bg, nampak mcm ok sket ni...

wizza, ape kate gi dermatologist terus je kalau eczema zara makin teruk

ezzati said...

waaa..iza..i know nothing!!hehe

Nadya said...

ha ah..yg lelain ubat tu ade steroid..ubat2 yang ending 'CORT' e.g zaricort.even hydrocortisone tu pun boleh pakai nipis2 je.physiogel ni tuk baby pun ok sbb xde ubat pape..die just lotion. lembut dah pipi aydan pas pakai ni. tp merah2 still ade lg.slow2 ilang la kot.

Fadeadsy said...

haih risonye kalau bdk ade eczema ni. so far imaan occay lg ah tp still jg sebaik mungkin pls my hubby punye famili mmg ade eczema. mmg ade ubat yg make it worst. most probably psl chemical reaction towards skin. lain baby lain ragamnye. some ok, some maybe xjln. so for baby own good buat research more lah psl nanti boleh melarat smpi besar mcm my niece dah darjah 1 tp still mcm tu je. if wizza breastfeed zara, u pun kena jg makan psl some food boleh buat allergy pd baby kite.

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