Selecting Barrier Repair Solutions

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    Each specific skin condition has it’s own unique characteristics, which are represented by very specific barrier abnormalities and immune response defects. And even though some skin conditions can have significant overlap (atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis), each is still slightly different.

    Nonetheless, using formulations that respect or potentially enhance the skin barrier is likely to produce more lasting results then focusing on immediate symptoms removal (such as simple usage of corticosteroids). This is because if the skin barrier is healthy, pathogens and foreign matter should not be able to pass deeper into the skin where they can cause immune activation.

    Essential of All Barrier Repair Formulations

    Most barrier repair solutions are primarily composed of fatty acids (oils), ceramides, cholesterol (optimal ratio of which depends on specific barrier abnormalities) ["Optimization of physiological lipid mixtures for barrier repair." M Man MQ, K R Feingold, C R Thornfeldt, P M Elias (June 13, 1996)" rel="popover" data-placement="top" role="button" data-trigger="focus" data-html="true">1]. Here are a few tips to consider when looking through viable solutions:

    Some Specifics for Seborrheic Dermatitis Prone Skin

    Given the depth of potential solutions, testing different formulations can be useful. However, the sheer number of options can be daunting. Below are few tips which can help you reduce the time you spend searching.

    • There is no reference in any medical literature to the avoidance of oil based formulations in the management of seborrheic dermatitis
    • Studies investigate the sebum of seborrheic dermatitis affected individuals actually show decreased lipid availability in the sebum
    • Avoidance of oleic acid rich formulations may be warranted, as released free fatty acids may trigger symptoms
    • Slightly acidic formulations (pH below 5.5) may be useful in jump-starting the natural barrier repair process

    General Tips for Testing Formulations

    • Spot testing on smaller areas of skin is always recommended to see how your skin responds
    • You can obtain a variety of free product samples in most pharmacies, clinics and dermatologist offices
    • The cost of something does not always relate to it’s effectiveness
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