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Emollient Creams May Make Eczema Worse

Posted: October 29, 2010

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Postgraduate researcher Manda Tsang worked on the project as part of her PhD CASE studentship funded by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council with York Pharma Plc. Tsang said, "Eczema affects around 30% of the population, an increase from around 5% a generation ago. This is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as central heating and carpets that can encourage dust mites, and using more creams and cosmetics that can thin the skin if used too frequently. Our study suggests that it might be better for eczema patients to use oil-based ointments on damaged skin."

Story source: The above story is reprinted (with editorial adaptations by ScienceDaily staff) from materials provided by University of Bath.

Journal reference:
1. M. Tsang, R.H. Guy. Effect of Aqueous Cream BP on human stratum corneum in vivo. British Journal of Dermatology, 2010; DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2010.09954.x

ScienceDaily.com, October 18, 2010