3. CLUE UP ON THE PRODUCTS OUT THERE
Emollients are applied directly to the skin to reduce water loss and cover it with a protective film.
Ideally you should look for emollient that are free from sensitisers, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), parabens and fragrances which may result in skin irritation and can increase the chance of flare ups.
If you do have a flare-up, it’s usually important to treat it early and vigorously with a topical steroid and continue to use that throughout the flare up and afterwards to make sure the skin is completely healed.
Accept the fact that if you apply a cream or ointment to broken skin, it may sting, but it should heal it.
Emollient creams should be used in appropriate quantities; NICE estimates 250g per child, per week and up to 500g per adult, per week.
People who suffer eczema should be empowered to make sure their GP is giving them an adequate amount of emollient cream and steroid ointment to treat the problem areas properly.