Untreated atopic dermatitis is a real bane, especially when it occurs on the hands. How to recognize them? What to look for in a cream for AD? There are several natural ingredients that you should pay attention to.
Chronically and relapsingly dry hands? It could be atopic dermatitis
AD often begins in early childhood. The main symptoms are persistent itching and eczema-like inflammatory skin lesions. Red, itchy patches turn into dry, flaking skin.
Atopic dermatitis is genetically determined, and its development is triggered by factors such as:
the environment (including mites, pollen, animal hair),
food allergens (e.g. dairy)
psychosomatic reactions (stress),
hormonal changes (e.g. during menstruation, pregnancy, menopause).
Still not sure if it is AZS? Go to a dermatologist who will make a diagnosis based on an interview and observation. The doctor will also advise you on how to properly care for dry skin.
Dry hands are not always the result of atopic dermatitis. The problem of dry skin may also appear in the winter, when hands are most exposed to freezing. Do you wash your hands too often? This is when the skin’s natural barrier disappears and its regeneration is difficult. Whether it’s AD or not, a hand cream may be essential.
In search of natural ingredients – hand cream for atopic dermatitis
What to do when atopic dermatitis appeared on the hands? Which creams will be the best?
Find out what the dermatologist Peter Solt says:
“The mainstay of local treatment in AD is emollient therapy. Emollients should be selected individually, depending on the intensity of skin dryness, day and night activity and possible contact allergy – many substances added to cosmetics can sensitize and exacerbate the course of the disease.
The reconstruction of the damaged epidermal lipid layer can be achieved by using emollients rich in ceramides, free fatty acids and cholesterol. Emollients should be applied 2-3 times a day at the appropriate dose (250-500 grams / week).”
Look for hypoallergenic creams, lotions, oils with natural, nourishing and lubricating ingredients and vitamins.
Pay attention to whether the cream contains ingredients such as:
1. Evening primrose oil
Apart from vitamin E (the so-called youth vitamin, it inhibits the development of free radicals), evening primrose oil also contains linolenic acid. What is this? It is part of the sebum that is produced in your body, and more precisely in the sebaceous glands. Disturbances in its production can cause atopic dermatitis.
Hand creams for atopic dermatitis with evening primrose oil complement the sebum composition and help maintain adequate skin moisture. One of the few products of this type that I have come across is A – Derma cream – moisturizing and softening the face and body (available in 200ml or 400ml containers). The manufacturer ensures that it has been dermatologically tested in cooperation with pediatricians. Tolerance to its ingredients has been confirmed in people suffering from AD. Its advantage is that it does not contain preservatives, i.e. parabens, which prolong the durability of cosmetics. There are oats, however, that softens the skin, soothes irritations and supports cell regeneration.
There are also evening primrose oil capsules on the market that are taken orally. When taken regularly, they improve the condition of the skin and the circulatory system and strengthen immunity. Shop primrose oil and other makeup products here.
2. Shea butter extract
shea butter atopic dermatitis
Shea butter (its other name is Karite butter) is a completely natural product obtained from the peanuts of the butter tree. How does it work for dry skin and why is it worth looking for creams with this ingredient?
The extract of this product inhibits the evaporation of water molecules from the body. It also contains a lot of vitamins, incl. A, F, E and fatty acids, so it nourishes, nourishes and moisturizes the skin. Interestingly, it works as a UV filter, albeit with a low factor (2 – 3).
You can find it not only in hand creams for AD, but also in lotions, butters and masks. If you are allergic and have a problem with dry skin, go ahead and reach for hypoallergenic products with Shea butter.
Some interesting suggestions are, for example, Atoderm Mains & Ongles – nourishing hand and nail cream (50 ml), or Cicaplast Balsam B5 – soothing regenerating lotion (40 ml). In the composition of cosmetics, look for the name: butyrospermum parkii oil.
3. Thermal water
Highly mineralized, hypoallergenic thermal water is often used in cosmetics for the care of sensitive skin. For good reason. It has a soothing and soothing effect, and the minerals contained in it support cell regeneration processes.
Thermal water is deep underground and therefore contains many valuable elements. Such a cosmetic ingredient is worth its weight in gold!
Are there hand creams with thermal water? Yes, an interesting proposition is the Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate regenerating hand cream (100 ml). In addition to water, the cream contains Glyceryl Cocoate, a mixture obtained from coconut oil and glycerin. Such a set has a beneficial effect on the water-lipid balance of the skin.
4. Asiatic Pennywort extract
I have never heard of this plant before and regret it! Centipede improves the condition of the skin and, like vitamin E, neutralizes free radicals. Its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties have already been used in Far Eastern medicine.
We have its native version – the common pennywort. The Asian variety is often used in foreign cosmetics. You can find it in our Cicaplast Balsam B5 allergy skin lotion.
5. Grape seed oil
What is his role? First, it is a source of Vitamin E which, as mentioned above, is an antioxidant. Second, it is almost entirely fat. One of them is a component of the intercellular building material. Thanks to fatty acids, the skin is moisturized and regenerates faster.
Grape seed oil appears in many cosmetics, including anti-wrinkle cosmetics, for a reason. Of the hand creams, pay attention to Iwostin Sensitia (50 ml). This regenerating cream combines grape seed oil, Shea butter and glycerin. Such a set will certainly help you protect the skin of your hands!
What else should you pay attention to when choosing hand cream for atopic dermatitis? Look for cosmetics with hypoallergenic properties, without parabens (preservatives), with natural additives. Also, avoid highly perfumed products.