How to properly apply creams and ointments to atopic skin

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Atopic dermatitis

 is an inflammatory skin disease that requires consistent care. During remission, it's crucial to frequently apply emollients (moisturizing and softening creams) to uphold the skin's protective function. However, during exacerbation phases, cosmetic products alone may not be sufficient for areas with inflammation, necessitating the use of medicated creams or ointments.

The Soak & Seal method provides a step-by-step guide to properly apply topical preparations to the skin.

  1. Cleansing: Before applying creams, ensure the skin is clean. Activities like bathing and hand washing remove dirt and potential allergens from the skin. For these procedures, use special cleansers with a slightly acidic pH (not exceeding 5.5). This recommendation applies to both shower gels and hand soaps.
  2. Application: Slightly damp skin best absorbs active ingredients. This understanding gives rise to the "Rule of 3 minutes": After bathing, gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel and, within three minutes, apply specific products to targeted skin areas. For instance, dry skin benefits from emollients, itching skin requires creams with antipruritic effects, and inflamed skin areas need medicated creams or ointments prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional.
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