of Eucerin AtoControl
Dermatologists often recommend medicinal topical creams for Atopic Dermatitis flare-ups and these usually contain corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are effective and fast-acting ingredients which alleviate the itching of flare-ups. However, their application has to be limited according to doctors‘ advice.
We at Eucerin wanted to find out whether it was possible to develop a dermo cosmetic skin care range for dry and irritated skin that would also be suitable for regular use on minor to moderate atopic skin. After several months of intensive research we were able to launch Eucerin AtoControl.
Discovering a skin care for dry and irritated skin that is also suitable for use during Atopic Dermatitis flare-ups
“We knew from our research that sufferers, and parents of children with Atopic Dermatitis, were looking for cosmetic care that is also suitable for atopic skin and that could be used during flare-ups as well as in interval periods,” says Gitta Neufang, PhD, Head of Research Eucerin. ”They told us that corticosteroids were often essential during flare-ups but they wanted additional, and complementary, cosmetic skin care to improve the skin‘s appearance”
“We decided to take up this challenge. But it was far from easy.“
We needed a formula which combines key actives to address the specific skin care needs of dry, irritated and even atopic skin.
The key actives in Eucerin AtoControl
Eucerin has been using Omega-6 fatty acids in its dry skincare range for more than 15 years and clinical studies have shown that formulas with the combination of Evening Primrose Oil and Grape Seed Oil effectively replenish a damaged skin barrier and protect it from drying out. Dehydration is an important reason why some atopic skin can go from non-flare to flare-up so Omega oils were identified as potential key caring ingredients for the new formula.
As well as hydrating skin, the formula needed an ingredient with antimicrobial properties. Eucerin scientists found Decanediol.
The next priority was dealing with skin’s irritation. Again, scientists turned to an ingredient that had proved to be effective in Eucerin’s dry and very dry skin ranges for several years. Licochalcone A is derived from the roots of the Chinese licorice plant and is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. When it is applied to irritated skin, Licochalcone A can be shown to visibly reduce redness and soothe the skin.
The final piece in the jigsaw was to find an ingredient that would help the skin to resist the urge to scratch. Menthoxypropanediol is a derivative of Menthol and shares its cooling properties. This cooling effect helps to relieve itching.
Given the sensitivity of atopic skin, the cosmetic cream was designed without fragrance or colour.
“It took much effort and time to develop our AtoControl Acture Care Cream,” say Dr Neufang. „But we are delighted to say that its skin caring properties have been clinically proven to improve the skin‘s appearance.
Dr Neufang points out that AtoControl Acute Care Cream is not a pharmaceutical product and is not meant to replace one.
The good news for parents is that Eucerin’s AtoControl Acute Care Cream has been clinically and dermatologically proven to be effective for children and is safe to use on babies from the age of 3 months.
Read more about Atopic Dermatitis on the face. Read more about Atopic Dermatitis on the body.