If you’ve got dry, irritated or eczema-prone skin, you need an Aveeno Emollient in your skincare routine. …read moreSee less
Whether you choose an Aveeno Emollient Wash or Lotion (or both!) these rich, oat-infused formulas will soothe and hydrate your skin, covering it with a protective layer to trap in moisture for long-lasting hydration.
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Are Aveeno products emollients?
Some Aveeno products work as emollients, including the Aveeno Dermexa emollients and the Baby Soothing Relief emollients.
Emollients work by forming a protective barrier over the skin, locking moisture in and keeping irritants out.
This helps to not only hydrate your dry skin, but protect it from detergents, soaps, and other irritants that can aggravate dry skin conditions like eczema or dermatitis.
How can emollients help me to manage dry skin and eczema?
Emollients and moisturisers help to ease your eczema symptoms by hydrating your skin, helping to keep your skin soft and controlling your flare-ups.
Emollients work by forming a protective layer over your skin which helps to keep moisture from escaping, hydrating your skin from the inside out.
Some emollients also contain ingredients which can protect your skin from irritants like soap or detergents, taking a two-pronged approach to managing your eczema flare-ups.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes patches of skin to become dry, flaky, irritated and cracked.
It usually affects the front and back of knees and elbows, but it can occur on any part of the body.
Eczema tends to first occur in childhood and is a long-term skin condition that can cause discomfort, but some people find that they grow out of it as they get older.
Certain irritants and germs can cause symptoms of eczema to worsen, so it is essential that you keep your skin clean and hydrated.
There is no cure for eczema, but there are several steps you can take to help manage your skin:
- Moisturise your skin - use moisturisers, ointments or lotions that contain emollients to lock in moisture, prevent your skin from drying out and reducing the need to itch
- Avoid itching - itching the skin can cause germs to infect the skin, making symptoms worse
- Avoid long, hot showers/baths - hot water dries out the skin
- Use a soap substitute - harsh soaps can strip the skin of its natural moisture which can exacerbate symptoms of eczema
- Use an emollient bath oil - it will prevent your skin from drying out in bathing and can help to manage symptoms of eczema
If your eczema is severe speak to your doctor, who can prescribe a suitable treatment.
Can I use an emollient in place of soaps?
Some emollients can be used as cleansers, either for their hands or as body washes in the bath or shower.
This helps them to avoid using soaps, which can aggravate some dry skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.
There are also some emollients that can be used in your bath water in place of bubble baths, bath salts, or other products so you can protect your sensitive skin there too.
However, if you do choose to use an emollient in the bath or shower, bear in mind that it can make your bath or shower slippery.
You should take extra care not to slip after using an emollient bathing product and should clean your bath or shower properly afterwards to help to prevent yourself or others from falling.