The above mentioned video is a talk by Dr. Rashmi Manjunath, Senior Dermatologist at Nu Cosmetic Clinic, Bangalore. She suggests a few important tips that can help in treating Atopic Dermatitis or Dry Skin.
“Today, I am going to give you a few tips that will help you take care of your dry skin or a skin condition called Atopic Dermatitis. This condition is extremely prevalent in Bangalore and I see a lot of patients, especially children, with this condition.”
In Atopic Dermatitis, as per Dr. Rashmi, the natural moisturizing factors that are supposedly present in your skin are compromised. In fact, these factors are very much essential to maintain your skin and prevent any infections or allergies. The absence of these factors leads to a lot of skin allergies by allowing various allergens from the environment such as pollution, dust and Lindt from clothing to enter your skin easily.
“When you are affected by Atopic Dermatitis, it becomes very much essential to replenish your skin with certain natural moisturizing factors,” says Dr. Rashmi. “You have to make sure you are very gentle on your skin and do not use any harsh soap on your skin.”
Here are a few tips that we have gathered from Dr. Rashmi’s video to help you take care of your dry skin or Atopic dermatitis skin condition:
Tip #1: Use a Mild Soap-free cleanser
You can find many such cleansers in the chemist shops and most of these are available over-the-counter. You can even ask your dermatologist to prescribe you one, depending upon your skin condition. These soap-free cleansers contain certain emulsifying agents that work better to remove oils, fats and proteins that tend to build up on the skin.
Tip #2: Use Moisturizers that contain NMFs (Natural Moisturizing Factors)
The ingredients in NMFs include amino acids, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, cholesterol, triglycerides, fatty acids, phospholipids, glycosphingolipids, linoleic acid, urea, glycosaminoglycans, mucopolysaccharide, sodium PCA (pyrrolidone carboxylic acid) and glycerine. Some of these ingredients are coconut oil, apricot oil, corn oil, canola oil, jojoba wax, jojoba oil, olive oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, lecithin, lanolin, soybean oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and squalene. They restore and replenish your skin and eliminate dryness in the best way.
Tip #3: Moisturize your skin instantly after shower
In fact you need to apply a moisturizer within 30 seconds of taking your shower. This way the water that is present in your skin makes it easy to absorb the moisturizer. When you dry your skin after bath, not just the water but the moisture too dries away. Applying a moisturizer instantly will seal in the moisture in your skin and keeps it intact.
Tip #4: Apply Moisturizer on your skin, multiple times in a day
One application of moisturizer in the day is not sufficient to treat dry skin. You will have to apply at least 3 to 4 times a day depending upon the climate and how soon your skin dries up. You can use products with silicone or petroleum as they can keep your skin moisturized for a longer period of time.
These tips should help you take care of your Atopic Dermatitis skin condition. You can also follow these tips to take care of your skin during winter, irrespective of your skin type or condition.