When you take your child to the GP looking for a way to get some relief from atopic dermatitis, most often, you’ll get prescribed a paraffin cream for eczema . Creams play a central part in the traditional approach taken by the NHS in treating the problem, in fact, there are more than 100 different moisturizers prescribed.
There are some non-paraffin eczema cream products on the market, but they don’t tend to be the first thing that doctors lean towards with newly introduced eczema cases in children. Unless a paraffin-based emollient either hasn’t provided results or is specifically objected to by the parents, creams containing paraffin for eczema are the go-to option.
So, if paraffin and eczema are such familiar bedfellows for parents across the UK, the natural question to ask here would be, “Is paraffin bad for eczema ?”. Of course, you might assume that the fact they’re prescribed so often would suggest that they are.
However, as you’ll find out by reading on, there’s a bit of an issue with paraffin treatment for eczema that isn’t widely known. Let’s dig into the subject a little more.
The Theory About Paraffin Cream For Eczema
Look into liquid paraffin eczema creams (a.k.a. emollients), and you’ll see that they form a protective layer of the skin in order to prevent dryness and cracking. As a derivative of petroleum, oil shale or coal, paraffin is odourless and tasteless and is renowned for being able to trap moisture next to the skin.
The theory upon which the prescription of paraffin-based products for eczema is based is that locking in moisture will give the skin the hydration it needs for good health. It’s also believed that these occlusive creams soothe discomfort while providing a physical barrier that protects it from external allergens that might exacerbate the symptoms.
All sounds very good, doesn’t it? However, the reality faced by parents using paraffin cream eczema treatment isn’t so rosy.
Paraffin Creams Lock in More Than Moisture
No one is disputing the fact that paraffin is a largely benign by-product of oil and petrol. However, the issue comes with the effect it provides. Sure, creams containing paraffin for eczema do provide a barrier, and they do lock in moisture, but they also prevent the skin from regulating its temperature by stopping its ability to sweat.
The reason why so many parents don’t really see much improvement in their child’s eczema over time when using these paraffin gel eczema treatments is that they don’t deal with the root cause – they just manage the symptoms. What’s more, they also lock in sweat which also contains trace amounts of urea, salt and ammonia, which can aggravate the skin.
These creams can also be quite uncomfortable for your little ones, as this aggravation can make them feel itchy and unhappy, meaning tears. So, while it’s very rare for kids to be allergic to paraffin, these creams are often ineffective because they don’t help the skin restore its natural balance and innate ability to control how warm or cold it is.
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When used in conjunction with paraffin-free eczema cream , our innovative skin-like Dreamskin coating tricks the skin sensors into thinking that the damaged skin is healthy and kick-starts the natural moisturizing function. This is central to healthy eczema-free skin and so lets your kids enjoy a tear-free time of things. Just by wearing our garments, your child’s skin gets put on the road to recovery.Shop Now
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So, while paraffin cream for eczema might not be toxic, the barrier it creates on your child’s skin isn’t as supportive of skin health as your doctor will have you believe. Rather than helping the skin to recover from eczema, these emollient creams often serve to prolong the problem and leave parents wondering when it will all end.
Science has yet to discover a cure for eczema, but Happy Skin garments offer the next best thing – an effective way to break the cycle of atopic dermatitis and restore skin health. So, if you’d like to know more about our industry-leading baby clothing recommended by Mother&Baby and MadeforMums, take a few minutes to browse our site.
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