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What is Eczema?

Eczema is a form of atopic dermatitis that causes dry, itchy, irritated, and sometimes allergic skin. It’s often caused by a genetic fault where the skin’s protective barrier is not formed correctly, leaving the skin vulnerable to airborne allergens and environmental stress. The skin’s protective barrier comprises ceramides, free fatty acids, cholesterol lipids and the protein filaggrin, which is vital for the robust formation of the uppermost layer of the skin to protect from environmental stressors. Eczema skin often has a ceramide deficiency and a genetic fault in the uptake of filaggrin, the essential protein for building a resilient protective skin barrier.

Changes in the protein and lipid composition of the protective skin barrier cause micro-cracks in the skin allowing environmental allergens and irritants to enter the skin, causing an immune response leading to skin inflammation. A compromised protective skin barrier is a critical factor in the onset of eczema.

When the skin’s protective barrier is impaired, it doesn’t retain adequate moisture. Many who suffer eczema are in a constant state of dehydration, resulting in weakened and fragile skin and unable to function correctly.

What’s the difference between eczema and dry skin?

The most common symptoms of eczema are chronic dryness, redness, inflammation and irritation and itchiness, and can be mistaken for dry skin. Unlike eczema, which is a skin condition, dry skin is a skin type which does not secrete adequate natural oil flow through sebaceous glands in the skin.

Even though dry skin is a symptom of eczema, there is a difference, and not all dry skins suffer eczema, although dry skin is prone to symptoms that resemble eczema. Dry skin is typically tight and dry, with a tendency to redness when exposed to harsh environmental conditions. In contrast, eczema can become dry, irritated, itchy with rash-like bumps and can become very inflamed and raw. Along with the eczema symptoms we’ve described, eczema sufferers may also have food allergies and hay fever.

Restoring an impaired protective skin barrier
Protecting and repairing the skin’s protective skin barrier will minimise the triggers that cause an eczema flare-up. The good news is that the skin’s barrier can be corrected by restoring ceramides and lost proteins and lipids to improve how eczema skin copes with allergens and environmental stress. Ingredients such as glycerine, sunflower oil, pomegranate sterols and specialised sugar molecules can assist in giving the skin the necessary protective barrier repair it needs.

Roccoco Botanicals Intense CPR
An intensely hydrating moisturiser soothes and restores the skin by relieving the inflammation that leads to dry, irritated, sore skin.

Why do we think it’s so special?
Our Intense CPR acts as a natural steroid by suppressing the inflammation response, rapidly calming the skin, and reducing irritation as it hydrates the skin and prevents moisture loss. The skin is left soft, calm, and relieved within minutes of application.

Roccoco Botanicals CPR, CALM, Protect, Revive
Our CPR Cream is an ultra-hydrating body moisturiser with a unique formula containing sugar molecules and ceramides that bind to the amino acids in the uppermost layer of the skin to improve barrier function.

Why do we think it’s so special?
CPR stimulates the genes involved in skin barrier improvement by upregulating the essential protein filaggrin and hyaluronic acid to improve the skin’s natural moisturising factors.

Roccoco Botanicals Rescue Balm
Our Rescue Balm provides soothing relief while providing all the benefits of Backuhiol.

Why do we think it’s so special?
It’s a rich balm that enhances and reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier function and provides antihistamine-like effects to keep the skin calm and soothed while providing super resilience. It allows the skin to protect itself from environmental stress naturally.

We’re here to help
If you suffer from eczema and struggle to keep your skin calm and hydrated, this product is the perfect solution to healthy, glowing skin. It’s never easy coping with eczema or dry skin, but we believe Roccoco Botanicals’ calming skin solutions give it the support it needs when under stress.

Visit us in the Clinic to find out more.



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