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The lovely @EczemaSupport asked me the following on Twitter:
"what do you think about emollients - do they help the #eczema? What would life be like without them?"

(Bit of context for the unaware - I suffer some really nasty eczema on my hands, called pompholyx.  It significantly impairs their function)

Emollients - moisturisers.  They're absolutely essential.  They can help cool the itch, sooth the sting, and of course help lessen your skin cracking like the grand canyon.  I once got a big tub of Hydromol lotion with a pump-top that had broken, so we had to take the top off.  Plunging my hand deep into that was pure bliss.  Utter momentary relief.

It's not without it's drawbacks - heavily moisturised, damaged, skin is prone to more damage and in my experience, more infection.  The skin's delicate, and just because it's moisturised doesn't mean it won't itch, and when you scratch it, it'll tear.  Where the skin's heavily damaged, it doesn't even take scratching to do it - picking something up, a kid holding your hand, even knocking it can rip the skin.  But it's balance.  The damage that would be done without emollients would be considerably worse.  The dried blisters would go hard, and my fingers would split badly.  My hands' mobility would be considerably worse.  Before I found my current moisturiser, my skin would go so hard it felt like wearing thimbles, as though I was feeling through something.  I was, it was a couple of milimetres of dead, hard, skin.

Finding the right one is trial and error.  What may be good for me might not be for you.  Aqueous stung & was too watery.  E45 actually made it worse (reacted to an ingredient).  Hydromol lotion wasn't long-lasting enough and too "loose".  In the end I've settled on Hydromol ointment, which is like barely-melted lard in consistency.  It's thick and viscous, very greasy, and it's the best I've found so far.  The fact that I always wear gloves means I don't get the grease on everything I touch (though it can seep through the gloves), but I can see that being a problem for people who don't.

This definitely wouldn't have fit in Twitter's character limit...


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dirkdanglybits Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Thank you for the watch
iRiotboy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
no problemo! your profile is pretty interesting
Nickmeister Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
thanks for the watch :)
Lula939 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thank you for the :+devwatch: back :)
e-s-d Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
More than welcome!
Gracearino Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
No problem. Your photography is beautiful [:
EspnB Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much for the favourite, mate! I'm glad you like my work :bow:
jitterbuglove Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave (*'ー'*)ノ~~:heart:
polperdelmar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for add my simple work....
doraleepee Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I am the founder of the new group #PhotographicNature. It is a group for artists who love nature, animals, and photography. You seem to enjoy photography and was wondering if you'd like to join. Also, if you know anybody that has really great photography and may want to join this group let me or that person know. :) Let me know how you feel about this.
-Dora Lynch
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