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Commonly used beauty staple clinically proven to help treat eczema
Date:3/9/2009

any common, over-the-counter skin moisturizers are now water-based to make them lighter to apply and easy to absorb by the skin, but this water content within 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 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.

Their eczema was rated in terms of erythema, desquamation, lichenification, excoriation, stinging, itching, and overall assessment on a scale by both the patient and the investigator. "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. "In fact, the longitudinal assessment also found that both products induc
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Contact: Laurie Lindenbaum
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914-241-0086
Robin Leedy & Associates, Inc.
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