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Does every small child really have to be bathed in emollients? Or are emollients used without indications harmful?
What are emollients?
Emollients is a category hypoallergenic cosmetic products dedicated to delicate, sensitive skin prone to irritation. Their main purpose is atopic skin care.
Emollients show slight cleansing effect. First of all, they are used to grease the skin, leaving a protective layer on it, which will be a barrier against the negative influence of external factors and will protect against moisture loss. It's about to rebuild the affected hydrolipid coat. In addition, emollients work anti-inflammatory, soothe itching and irritation.
The main component of emollients is paraffin, which has been used for many years for the care of dry skin. In addition, it applies mineral oils and additional substances supporting emollients. Emollients for children are free from dyes, fragrances and foaming agents. Most of them can be used from the first day of your child's life.
Among emollients we find bath lotions, gels for washing the skin and hair, creams, lotions for everyday use, as well as in the case of exacerbation of skin lesions, care lotions. Emollients are available in pharmacies without a prescription. Some brands can be found in drugstores.
The most commonly used ingredients in emollients
- liquid paraffin
- soybean oil,
- linseed oil,
- Macadamia oil
- pumpkin seed extract,
Should every child be bathed in emollients?
Although the child's skin is delicate by nature and prone to irritation because it is not yet fully mature, not every child requires specialist care.
The use of emollients should be left for situations when skin changes will occur frequently and will indicate AD. In other cases, it is usually sufficient to moisturize children's skin using widely available creams dedicated to the youngest age group. It is worth starting with these cosmetics, then if the problem persists, and the doctor recommends emollients, reach for emollients.
You can consider prophylactic use of emollients for newborns who have a higher risk of skin lesions. However, a better option is waiting for several days and observation of the child's skin condition.
When emollients for children can be harmful?
The role of emollients is in the first place oiling, creating a barrier on the epidermis to protect against water loss. These are not classic moisturizing cosmetics, recommended for children with so-called normal skin (which is not perfectly smooth and free of imperfections!). Therefore, for normal skin, emollients can harm by blocking the pores and upsetting the natural balance. Paraffin - an emollient component - can make it difficult for your skin to breathe and, paradoxically, contribute to skin changes.
That is why emollients are recommended only in the case of irritation and a problem with dry skin, which you cannot cope with, reaching for classic care cosmetics dedicated to children. Note, however, the composition of the products you choose - many find irritants that can cause skin changes. That's why it's best to be guided by the principle the simpler the composition, the better.