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Gentle cleansing and moisturizing for patients with atopic dermatitis and sensitive skin.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19209949     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Atopic dermatitis is a common condition characterized by pruritus, inflammation, and dryness of the skin. Inflammation disrupts the barrier function of the stratum corneum, predisposing the skin to be dry, and increases susceptibility to irritants and secondary bacterial infection. Sensitive skin is common, reported by 40-50% of women and 30% of men in the US, Europe, and Japan. Basic requirements in managing eczema and sensitive skin include effective cleansers that do not compromise skin barrier integrity, alleviation of skin dryness, and restoration of skin barrier function through the use of therapeutic moisturizers. The selection of a skin cleanser is therefore an important part of managing these conditions. Studies have reported clinical improvement with the use of soap-free cleansers in combination with topical treatments. While topical corticosteroids and immunosuppressive agents are mainstays of treatment for atopic dermatitis, therapeutic moisturizers are important adjuncts. Moisturizers improve skin hydration, reduce susceptibility to irritation, restore the integrity of the stratum corneum, and enhance the efficacy of topical corticosteroids.
Wai Kwong Cheong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of clinical dermatology     Volume:  10 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1175-0561     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Clin Dermatol     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-12     Completed Date:  2010-11-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100895290     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Dermatol     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Specialist Skin Clinic, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Dermatitis, Atopic / therapy*
Detergents / therapeutic use*
Eczema / therapy
Emollients / therapeutic use*
Skin Care / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Detergents; 0/Emollients

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