Creams Used to Treat Eczema Make it Worse

New research suggests that using emollient creams to treat the symptoms of eczema could actually make the condition worse.

Aqueous Cream BP reduces the thickness of healthy skin over a period of four weeks, calling into question whether it should be used for treating eczema. Aqueous cream BP is currently the most widely prescribed emollient for the treatment of dry skin conditions.

According to Science Daily:

“... [T]he cream contains a detergent, called sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), which can increase the permeability of the skin barrier and cause irritation. The study found that when healthy volunteers applied the cream to their forearms daily for a period of four weeks, the thickness of the stratum corneum was reduced by more than ten percent.”

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