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Commonly Used Beauty Staple Clinically Proven to Help Treat Eczema
Date:3/5/2009

n the product doesn't actually penetrate the skin's deeper layers and cannot moisturize the skin.

"Water-based moisturizers cannot add water to the skin, and, ironically, can actually serve to dry out the skin further in some people because the continual wetting/evaporation of moisture from the surface of the skin produces skin damage," explains Dr. Draelos. "Moisturizers that reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL) are those that occlude, or trap, moisture in the skin due to their more oily ingredients, such as mineral oil, petrolatum and paraffin." These types of moisturizers are great for the tens of millions of people with dry skin issues, like eczema, she adds.

Study Findings

The objective of this investigator-blinded study was to determine if there would be similarities in the improvement of eczema using either Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser, available over the counter at stores nationwide, and prescription Mimyx for the treatment of mild and moderate eczema (both topical products were combined with use of a 0.1% triamcinolone cream for moderate eczema and used alone for mild eczema). Fifty-nine/sixty (59/60) subjects who completed the four-week study were randomly assigned based on whether their eczema was mild or moderate, and used each of the test products on either one arm or one leg.

"After assessing the subjects at weeks one, two and four, there was improvement in both groups; however, there were no statistically significant differences between the subjects using the OTC formulation or the prescription moisturizer," adds Dr. Draelos. The individual subjects also felt that Albolene and Mimyx performed comparably in terms of the healing of the eczema, when evaluating the redness, peeling, dryness, stinging, itching and overall assessment.

Money-Saving Alternative

Albolene costs less than $10 for a 12-ounce jar versus the $100 or more for a small
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