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Behind The Science – Eucerin Soothing Care

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Dermatologists often recommend medicinal topical creams for Atopic Dermatitis flare-ups and these usually contain corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are effective and fast-acting ingredients which alleviate the itching of flare-ups. However, their application has to be limited according to doctors‘ advice.

We at Eucerin wanted to find out whether it was possible to develop a dermo cosmetic skin care solution, minor to moderate atopic skin could benefit from. After several months of intensive research we were able to launch Eucerin Soothing Care.

Discovering a skin care for Atopic Dermatitis flare-ups

Eucerin Atopic Dermatitis Flare Ups
Cortisone is effective at alleviating itchiness. It is not recommended for a long-term usage, because it has negative side-effects.

“We knew from our research that sufferers, and parents of children with Atopic Dermatitis, were looking for cosmetic care for atopic skin that could be used during flare-ups as well as in interval periods,” says Gitta Neufang, PhD, Head of Research Eucerin. ”They told us that corticosteroids were extremely helpful during flare-ups but they wanted additional, and complementary, cosmetic skin care to improve the skin‘s appearance”

Eucerin Scientist Development
After several years of development Eucerin was able to launch Soothing Care - an effective solution for Atopic dermatitis without cortisone.

“We decided to take up this challenge. But it was far from easy.“

We needed a formula which combines key actives to address the specific skin care needs of atopic skin.                                                                                                             

The key actives in Eucerin Soothing Care

Eucerin Skin Barrier Function
Omega-6 fatty acids improve skin barrier function

Eucerin has been using Omega-6 fatty acids in its dry skincare range for more than 15 years and clinical studies have shown that formulas with the combination of Evening Primrose Oil and Grape Seed Oil effectively replenish the disturbed skin barrier and protect it from drying out. Dehydration is an important reason why atopic skin goes from non-flare to flare-up so Omega oils were identified as potential key caring ingredients for the new formula.

Eucerin Skin Barrier Illustration
Decanediol decreases microbial colonization.

As well as hydrating skin, the formula needed an ingredient with an antimicrobial ingredient. Eucerin scientists found Decanediol, which works against staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium which is often found on atopic skin.

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Licochalcone A reduces inflammation

The next priority was dealing with skin’s redness. Again, scientists turned to an ingredient that had proved to be effective in Eucerin’s dry and very dry skin ranges for several years. Licochalcone A is derived from the roots of the Chinese licorice plant and is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. When it is applied to irritated skin, Licochalcone A quickly reduces redness and soothes the skin.

Eucerin Skin Barrier Itch Relief
Menthoxypropanediol relieves from itch.

The final piece in the jigsaw was to find an ingredient that would help the skin to resist the urge to scratch. Menthoxypropanediol is a derivative of Menthol and shares its cooling properties. This cooling effect helps to relieve itching.

Given the sensitivity of atopic skin, it was obviously important that the cosmetic cream was fragrance-free, colorants-free and paraben-free.

Eucerin Scientists Testing
Eucerin Soothing Care Acute Care Cream has been tested clinically and dermatologically.

“It took much effort and time to develop our Soothing Care Acute Care Cream,” say Dr Neufang. „But we are delighted to say that its skin caring properties have been clinically proven to improve the skin‘s appearance during flare-up phases.

A clinical study shows a comparable cosmetic effect of the skin caring properties of Soothing Care Acute Care Cream to the effects of a 1 % hydrocortisone cream on the complexion of atopic skin.”

It has been proven in clinical and dermatological tests that the Eucerin Soothing Care range is effective for children and safe to use on babies.

Dr Neufang is quick to point out that Soothing Care Acute Care Cream is not a pharmaceutical product and is not meant to replace one.

The good news for parents is that Eucerin’s Soothing Care Acute Care Cream has been clinically and dermatologically proven to be effective for children and is safe to use on babies from the age of 3 months.

Read more about Atopic Dermatitis on the face. Read more about Atopic Dermatitis on the body.

Use moisturisers daily for your face with facial Atopic Dermatitis.

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