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Wednesday September 27, 2017

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Dry skin and eczema

Bevan, Pharmacist

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm Saturday - 9.00am to 4pm

New address! 1 Upland Road, Kelburn

Phone 04 475 9512 | Fax 04 475 9156 Email





Phone: (04) 477 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963

Phone: (04) Phone: (04) 477 477 9513 9315 Fax: (04) 477 1963 Fax: (04) 477 1963

“Friendly and efficient staff here to help with all your health and beauty needs”

“Friendly efficient staff We have youand covered here to help with all your for all and your health beauty needs” self care needs

Mon - Fri: 9am - 7pm Sat: 9am - 6pm. Sun: 10am - 5pm

31 Johnsonville Road P. 04 477 9513 - F. 04 477 1963


Dry skin is a common condition and the cold and low humidity days of winter can make this condition worse. The skin feels dry to touch, and can be rough, hard and scaly. It is often itchy and repeated scratching can cause the skin to thicken. The skin is often not very flexible which can then lead to cracks forming. In more severe cases the skin can become red and inflamed. Dry skin tends to be found on the hands, arms, lower legs and shins. People of both sexes and any age can have dry skin, affecting children in early childhood as well as being seen in almost everyone who is older than 60 years of age. As people age there are changes to the skin structure which in turn leads to water loss from the skin and hence skin dryness. Apart from the weather dry skin may also be caused by genetic factors and there is often a family history of dry skin. The use of very hot showers and some soaps, cleaners and shampoos can also be the cause of dry skin. Applying moisturisers frequently to the dry skin can help to rehydrate the skin and give relief. Pharmacists are able to help you on the best treatment options for you. Also they can advise on appropriate mild soaps and shampoos that will be beneficial, to dry skin. Dry skin is also common in people

who have the skin condition eczema, which is also known as dermatitis. There are many types of eczema, but they all cause skin inflammation, redness and itch. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic eczema. The cause of atopic eczema is not usually known, though we do know that there is a genetic link and often those people with eczema will have a family member who has eczema, hay fever or asthma as well. Atopic eczema may have relapses, which are also known as flares. These may be seen as an itchy red rash that often appears in skin creases, such as behind the knees or at the elbows. These can vary from being mild and only seen in one or two places on the body, to being very severe and painful, covering many areas of the body and lasting for several weeks. Babies can be seen to have atopic eczema, appearing as a rash on their face and scalp, behind the ears, the body or arms and legs and it can be very itchy. There may be things that trigger the eczema and sets it off or makes it worse. These include things such as heat, dust mites, shampoos, soaps, perfumes and hair dye or preservatives. Also allergies to particular food such as eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat or shellfish can be the trigger for eczema

and these should be avoided. The first course of action to managing eczema is the regular use of moisturisers to reduce water loss from the skin. Moisturisers stop the skin drying out, preventing it from becoming weak, inflamed and itchy. Apply moisturisers generously and at least twice daily. Bath in warm water as opposed to hot water and apply moisturiser immediately after washing and dab the skin dry rather than rubbing the skin. For eczema that needs more treatment there are creams that can be used to reduce the inflammation and itch that are available with a prescription from your GP. Apply enough of the cream to be able to clear the rash quickly and completely and then stop the use of the cream when the eczema has cleared. Some other practical advice to reducing eczema flares is to wear cotton clothing next to the skin, remove tags from clothing to stop irritation and wash new clothes before wearing. Dry or heated rooms may benefit from a humidifier to keep the air moist and prevent skin from becoming too dry. Use soap substitutes, hypoallergenic products, non-perfumed products and mild shampoos. Your Self Care pharmacist will be able to help you with this.

For all your pharmaceutical needs see our friendly teams at

Johnsonville Medical Centre Pharmacy Ltd








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