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Protect Your Baby’s Skin Against Protease

Eczema is a fairly common skin condition that affects up to about 25% of school-going children in Singapore. If treated carefully, it is possible to reduce the itching of eczema and even for controlled condition without future relapse.

  • What is a protease attack?
    Protease is an enzyme naturally present in the skin that helps break down proteins in the skin to allow for natural skin renewal. The trouble begins when protease becomes overactive and starts to simulate conditions conducive for eczema to set in.
  • So, what is eczema and what are other causes?
    Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to become inflamed or irritated.  Both hereditary and environmental factors could result in this problem.  Many patients with eczema have a family history of eczema or other atopic diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis. Environmental factors that could possibly trigger an eczema condition include changes in weather (e.g. hot or dry weather), sweat, contact with grass/sand, insect bites, house dust mites, and use of harsh soaps or chemicals.
  • What happens when the skin flares up?
    During flare-ups, small water blisters may develop on hands and feet, and the skin becomes moist and itchy. As babies are not able to resist to reflex response of scratching repeatedly, this could led to secondary bacterial infection of the skin.

    What to do?
    Choose a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturiser that’s made for children and dermatologist tested. Apply it to your child’s body and face right after every bath to seal in the moisture. Made from Spent Grain Wax, Shea butter Extract, Argan Oil, the Ezerra Cream is a unique non-steroid moisturiser that uses active ingredients purely from plants.

    Who’s it for?
    Recommended for mild to moderate cases of atopic dermatitis, particularly in infants and children, this cream helps to effectively relieve symptoms of dryness, itchiness and inflammation. 

  • How can parents protect their baby from protease attack?
    The key to managing eczema is by putting an end to the excessive protease attacks. To start, one easy way would be to reduce the frequency of bathing in shop, and the use of detergents in everyday tasks. As protease thrives on alkaline skin, a trick to manage the pH level is to use an extra gentle cleanser like the Ezerra Extra Gentle Cleanser.

5 aftercare tips to lessen the severity of eczema outbreaks

  1. Moisturise frequently
  2. Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity
  3. Avoid sweating or overheating
  4. Avoid scratchy materials, such as wool
  5. Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods

What are your top tips in keeping your baby’s skin soft and healthy? Leave us a comment down below.