Eczema and Skincare

Eczema is a skin condition that is characterised by intense itchiness, redness, dryness, and sometimes blistering, weeping or crusting, arising from inflammation of the skin, on small patches or large swathes of the body. People with eczema typically have dry and sensitive skin, and can easily fall into an itch-scratch cycle – dry, sensitive skin is prone to inflammation, which triggers itching, resulting in scratching, which triggers more inflammation, and in turn, more itching.

The most commonly affected areas of the skin include:

  • The back of the hands
  • Tops of the feet
  • Folds of the arms and legs, as well as other bends in the skin, such as the inner elbow
  • Wrists
  • Ankles

What Causes Eczema?

While the exact causes of eczema are still widely discussed and investigated, there are usually 2 possible factors:

Genetic – In some cases, the condition is hereditary.
Children may inherit from their parents, a skin type that is dry, sensitive, and prone to eczema flare-ups.
Environmental – Inflammation of the skin may be triggered by various environmental factors: allergens such as pet hair, the faeces of dust mites, pollen, mould; irritants such as certain household chemicals, clothing materials, metals; food such as dairy products, shellfish, nuts.

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How Is Eczema Managed?

There is no definite cure for eczema, but there are treatments and actions that can help alleviate the itch or discomfort of the condition.

Treatment options for eczema include medication (over-the-counter or prescription cortisone creams) and phototherapy (moderate, supervised exposure to UVA or UVB light).

Avoiding or minimising exposure to environmental factors which potentially trigger eczema may also be necessary.

Implementing a suitable skincare routine is very crucial to managing eczema effectively. Moisturising regularly, in particular, is the key to keeping the skin hydrated, which relieves dryness and prevents falling into the itch-scratch cycle. Select mild, fragrance-free and non-irritating skincare that soothes and protects the skin without triggering inflammation.

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      Cetaphil Malaysia

      Hi Rafidah, do let us know how we may assist you? We have products that are suitable for those with sensitive skin though if you would like to learn more about your skin type and suitable skincare, do enquire with a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis and advise before trying out any products 🙂

  1. Hawa Mohd Anuar

    Hello cetaphil,

    I have eczema. Mostly at the areas that you have mentioned above. Can you recommend some of your products that can help me.

    Tq

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      Cetaphil Malaysia

      Hi Hawa Mohd Anuar, thanks for seeking our help. You could try our Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and Skin Restoring Moisturizer. These are available at any major pharmacy (e.g. Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Vitacare, Aeon Wellness). You may also find out more about these products via the links below:
      Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash: https://cetmy.bjdev.co/product/restoraderm-skin-restoring-body-wash/
      Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer: https://cetmy.bjdev.co/product/restoraderm-skin-restoring-body-moisturizer/

      If you have severe eczema however, we would recommend that you seek medical advice from your doctor or skin specialist to ensure proper treatment of your condition. Hope this helps!

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      Cetaphil Malaysia

      Hi Joe, thanks for seeking our help. If you have dry and itchy skin, you could try our Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash and Skin Restoring Moisturizer. These are available at any major pharmacy (e.g. Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Vitacare, Aeon Wellness). You may also find out more about these products via the links below:
      Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash: https://cetmy.bjdev.co/product/restoraderm-skin-restoring-body-wash/
      Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer: https://cetmy.bjdev.co/product/restoraderm-skin-restoring-body-moisturizer/

      If you have severe eczema however, we would recommend that you seek medical advice from your doctor or skin specialist to ensure proper treatment of your condition. Hope this helps!

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