Eczema and dry skin: Similar but different

In the UK, around 20% of children and 8% of adults have eczema. It can cause uncomfortable symptoms, but as dry skin can also be a symptom, patients may find it easy to confuse dry skin with eczema, but not everyone who gets dry skin will also have eczema. 

Eczema and dry skin: Similar but different

Atopic eczema is the most common form of eczema. Many cases are thought to occur due to a combination of genetic and triggers such as environmental factors. Genetic factors involved include association with the FLG (filaggrin) gene.

Eczema symptoms include itch, redness, dry skin which can sometimes become weeping, blisters, crusting, scaling, and thickening.

Conceptual representations of eczema.
Dry Skin
Dry skin (xerosis) is caused by excessive transepidermal water loss, as a result of the breakdown of the stratum corneum.Symptoms of dry skin include the skin beingrough, thin and fragile, tight and inelastic, and dull looking.
Conceptual representations of dry skin.


NEW Eczema Repair from E45 is also different

E45 Eczema Repair has a triple action formula, designed to treat the symptoms of eczema.

It has been formulated to be fast-absorbing with a non-sticky skin feel – so patients can spot the difference. In a consumer test, 84% of 216 participants agreed that E45 Eczema Repair was fast-absorbing.

E45 Eczema Repair is also free of fragrance or steroids for patients who may be at risk of allergic or sensitisation reactions to these ingredients.

The triple action formula of E45 Eczema Repair

1) High level of humectants to DRAW WATER IN:

11% w/w humectants comprised of 7% w/w glycerine and 4% w/w polyethylene glycol-8

2) Occlusive agents to help REDUCE WATER LOSS:

A combination of evening primrose oil and waxes creates a non-sticky emollient that forms an occlusive layer on the skin’s surface.

3) Contains Omega fatty acid which may help SUPPORT THE INTEGRITY OF THE SKIN.

Free fatty acids are a vital component of the lipid matrix of the skin

Conceptual representations of dry skin.
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