Decalogue to control atopic dermatitis

The atopic dermatitis It is one of the most common dermatological conditions that affects 30 percent of children and 10 percent of adults in the Spanish population. Babies and children are the most likely to suffer from this condition that tends to disappear with age. Desquamation, injuries and intense itching are the most common symptoms that cause discomfort and alter rest hours.

In winter, cold increases the frequency of outbreaks of atopic dermatitis and exacerbates symptoms, which are characterized by dry skin, inflammation, lesions, redness and peeling. These manifestations, generally, end up causing an intense itching and discomfort that reverberate in the daily activity. For this reason, it is essential to pay more attention to the skin at this time of year avoiding the dry environment, heat, the use of synthetic garments, or certain cosmetics and irritating soaps, since all this can also condition the appearance of dermatitis atopic


Although the cause of atopic dermatitis is still unknown, experts believe that the genetic factor is one of the most influential. In addition, although it is more frequent in children and babies, it can sprout for the first time at any age.

10 tips to control atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis can be controlled. To care for the most sensitive skin, dermatology experts offer a decalogue of basic recommendations for atopic skin:

1. Prevent To avoid outbreaks it is convenient to identify the possible triggering factors to avoid them and to hydrate the skin very well.

2. Hygiene of the skin daily. Cleaning and treating the skin daily is essential to maintain healthy skin. For the care of atopic skin it is necessary to nourish and protect the skin barrier of the skin with specific products, as well as to avoid too hot water since it can aggravate the inflammation.


3. Avoid rubbing when drying the skin. Use cotton towels with care, drying with small touches to avoid rubbing, as rubbing can irritate or damage areas affected by atopic dermatitis.

4. Hydrates the skin in depth. Dryness is one of the characteristics of skins with atopic dermatitis. Therefore, moisturizing the skin daily after showering with emollient and moisturizing products helps prevent dryness.

5. Use sunscreen for sensitive skin. It is very important to protect the skin from the sun's rays throughout the year, in addition to paying special attention to the most sensitive areas.

6. Avoid overcooking. On many occasions, especially children, when we cover them too much, they end up sweating and the sweat worsens the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.


7. Avoid wearing with synthetic garments. Choose cotton garments to wear and avoid synthetic materials and wool that tend to cause allergic reactions on the skin. In addition, when washing, a double rinse is recommended to completely eliminate the remains of detergents. The use of softeners is not recommended.

8. Use special gels for shower and bath. Especially in the case of children, it is advisable to use products that do not contain soap, which tend to dry the skin too much. Any product used must be hypoallergenic and without perfumes.

9. Humidity in the rooms. To keep a humid environment throughout the house, place water bottles in the radiators and use a humidifier. Thus, you will help to avoid excessive dryness of the skin, especially in winter due to heating.

10. Take care of the food. Some foods are related to the start of the outbreaks, but they do not affect everyone equally. Check with your doctor and avoid eating those that can trigger a crisis.

Marina Berrio
Advice: Uriage Laboratories

Video: Decalogue


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