Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema is a prominent skin condition affecting a 1.2 million Australians. This condition is more than just having to endure dry skin. The condition is debilitating and a constant source of irritation, pain and, in some cases, embarrassment. The Eczema Association of Australasia has outlined 20 per cent of people will develop eczema before the age of five.
A child whose parents both suffer from eczema has as much as an 80% chance of developing eczema. This year, Cetaphil, the dermatologist-recommended brand of skincare, has joined forces with The Eczema Association of Australasia in raising the awareness of eczema as a genetic skin condition.
Understanding the causes of skin conditions such as eczema has led to the development of new products which may provide relief. Research indicates that the gene mutations causing loss of filaggrin function or mutations, and the breakdown of skin barrier are important factors in the development of eczema. It is understood that eczema is due to a combination of inherited genetic and environmental factors. It is still not, however, completely understood which factors are most important in causing eczema.
Recent research has shed light for eczema sufferers, indicating that moisturisers formulated with filaggrin-breakdown properties can increase skin hydration, help restore skin barrier function and play a prominent role in the long-term management of atopic dermatitis. Filaggrin is a protein vital for our skin's ability to mature properly and maintain the protection of upper and outer skin layers. Filaggrin is a crucial ingredient in our skin's ability to protect, defend and repair itself.
At present, 56% of moderate to severe eczema sufferers have some sort of filaggrin deficiency. Using a moisturiser which puts moisture back into your skin and helps increase skin barrier integrity, may help skin to manage and repair eczema damage. Sufferers of eczema and atopic dermatitis are also advised to avoid soaps, detergents, shampoos and abrasive cleaners, use emollients regularly and wear protective gloves when washing or using cleaning products.
Developed by dermatologists, the advanced formulations and patented technology of Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ products work to help restore the skin's natural moisture barrier and protect it against dryness. Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ products are formulated with filaggrin breakdown properties to soothe irritated skin and help the skin repair. Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ products have been designed specifically for eczema sufferers.
The ceramide technology in Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ Moisturiser works to put moisture back into skin, deeply moisturising layers of the epidermis - an essential factor in reducing the itchy and painful effects of eczema.
The innovative Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ Skin Restoring Body Wash & Moisturiser formulas include filaggrin breakdown products - proteins of which have both been shown to be depleted in suffers of eczema.
Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ products are intended for total body use and suitable for the entire family. This daily skin care routine improves skin hydration and helps maintain skin barrier integrity in children and adults. Cetaphil® recommends the following daily skin care program to ensure maximum skin hydration and skin barrier maintenance:
STEP 1 - Cleanse: Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ Skin Restoring Body Wash ($19.99 RRP) is formulated to help soothe itchy, dry, sensitive skin, while restoring moisture as it gently cleanses. This creamy, emollient rich, soap-free body wash contains skin-nourishing oils which nurture dry skin and help replenish skin barrier function. The formulation contains Advanced Miracare® technology, a soap-free foam which gently cleanses and rinses, without irritating or drying.
Step 2 - Moisturise: Cetaphil® Restoraderm™ Skin Restoring Body Moisturiser ($25.99 RRP) is a rapid and long lasting moisturiser to help relieve itchy, dry, sensitive skin. This light, creamy, non-greasy moisturiser provides intensive hydration to help restore skin barrier function. Patented ceramide technology replenishes skin lipids and increases the skin's ability to retain moisture.
Cetaphil® products are available from pharmacies nationally and Priceline stores. For further information please phone 1800 800 765 in Australia and 0800 174 104 in New Zealand. View the Cetaphil range via www.cetaphil.com.au