Delicate care helps recovery
Skincare is an essential element for therapy support and is an important topic for sufferers of dermatitis. The principal aim is to stabilise the barrier function of the skin through optimal skin moisturisation to alleviate the symptoms of the skin disease.
The moisturisation must not additionally stress or damage the skin. This helps to support the applied dermatitis treatment and ultimately contributes to improve overall well-being and quality of life.
Renunciation is an essential approach
Often, what is “in it”, isn’t vital for a skincare product, but maybe more crucial is, what is “not” contained in a product. Dermatitis sufferers should avoid all substances that could irritate or additionally stress the skin.
What should not be “in it”:
Dyes can often be the cause of allergic reactions. The skin could also be further stressed, which leads to a counterproductive result.
Even fragrances should not be included, as these often can also be the cause of allergic reactions. The skin could also be further stressed, which leads to a counterproductive result. Natural fragrances should give the product a pleasant smell and should cover possible unpleasant odors related to the ingredients. In modern formulas fragrances can be easily omitted.
Parabens are used in cosmetics, as a preservative. In rare cases, parabens can cause allergic reactions.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the health risks of parabens when used in cosmetic products. The Institute concludes that methyl and ethyl parabens are to be considered, due to the available toxicological data, in a concentration of up to 0.4%, as safe for all population groups. The use of butyl and propyl paraben should be limited, due to insufficient data on skin absorption and exposure, to a total of 0.19%. Based on today´s state of knowledge and because of the conservative approach to risk assessment, this concentration is also considered to be safe for children. For the parabens isopropyl, isobutyl, pentyl, benzyl, and phenyl paraben according to BfR, the data available for an assessment of the health risk is currently not sufficient. Benzyl paraben is not permitted as a preservative in cosmetic products. The institute, however, doesn’t regard a general replacement of parabens in cosmetic products as favourable. Many of the other preservatives currently used have a significantly higher allergenic potential than parabens. (Source: bfr.bund.de)
Therefore, the use, in limited quantities, is legally permitted, nevertheless the omission of parabens cannot harm.
Often, cosmetic skincare products also have a watercontent. This allows micro-organisms to form (for example bacteria). In order to stop this, these products have to be preserved. Common preservatives often have a high allergy potential. Therefore, customary preservatives should be omitted.
The use of paraffins is controversial. Experts believe that paraffin only sets on the skin as a film, but is not absorbed by the skin. This can lead to clogged pores and therefore would harm the skin, rather than bring a benefit. In the long run it could even dry the skin out. So, if the benefits of paraffin are questionable, it is better not to use them at all.
Skincare creams containing silicone provide a soft and pleasant skin feeling. This is because silicone seals the skin and fills small imperfections. Silicon does not however promote the regeneration of the skin. On the contrary, silicone can help to suppress the natural regeneration of the skin which has no advantage in the treatment of stressed skin, as in some cases of psoriasis.
Mineral oils behave similarly to silicones. The skin is sealed, feels better at first, but the natural function of the skin is slowed down or even prevented.
In principle, emulsifiers shall contribute to form a homogeneous connection from the water content and the oil content of a skincare cream. This feature does not only refer to the product but can also be continued on the skin. Therefore, the skin´s own fat content would be washed out if in contact with water. The natural barrier function of the skin is disturbed and becomes more permeable for harmful substances. This should be avoided in the treatment of psoriasis-stressed skin.