Tips for Atopic Dermatitis Prone Skin
The following treatment protocol is recommended in conjunction with the consultation of your Dermatologist or Medical Professional.
- Always use soap free products. Soap dries your skin and stays on the skin for up to 8 hours.
- Instead use the Avène TriXèra Cleansing Gel for washing the skin. It is soap-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
- Don't use facecloths or sponges as they aggravate the skin and can carry bacteria.
- Rather use your hands to wash the affected areas. Your hands are cleaner and gentler.
- Skin dryness increases with heat, so try stick to 5 minute showers. Turn the water off while soaping the body.
- Remember that the less contact your skin has with chlorinated water (city water) the better it is for you. It may be worth looking at a chlorine filter for your taps.
- The temperature of water should be around 32°C. Avoid baths as they take the moisture out of the skin. If you do bath, add a liquid emollient (soluble bath oil) to the water.
- Don't stay in the bath too long because the chlorine in the water will irritate the skin.
- Once you have dried the skin off then you must spray the Avène Thermal Spring Water. Do not shake the can before using.
- Avène Thermal Spring Water is the unique product that helps to soothe the irritation and calm the itching.
- Spray on affected areas and pat into the skin. During hot summer months this product can be kept in the fridge to offer a further cooling sensation to hot, irritated skin.
- Once this has been absorbed by the skin then you can start with the moisturising process.
- Always wash your hands before applying moisturiser! Moisturising twice everyday it will soften and protect the skin. Use the Avène TriXèra Emollient Balm for the moisturising of the body and Avène Tolérance Extrême Cream for the face.
- The moisturising will assist with stopping the allergens from entering the skin as it helps to establish that barrier and this should be used twice a day after cleansing.
- Too much cream makes the skin hot and will irritate the itch, so apply a thin layer of cream onto the body.
- The skin absorbs more cream after a shower so be sure to moisturise after every shower. Avoid rubbing cream onto skin, rather pat gently and massage in circular motions to encourage absorption. Warm the cream in your hands before applying it to the skin.
- If there are areas of lesions on the skin use Avène Cicalfate Cream which contains Copper + Zinc and will assist in healing any lesions that may have resulted from the scratching.
- The Cicalfate Cream will also help prevent any bacterial infections entering the skin through these lesions. Only apply on the lesions if they have dried out a bit, do not apply on open sores. Cicalfate Cream should be used on the areas of the body with lesions instead of the TriXèra Emollient Balm.