The National Eczema Society welcomes the findings of a report by the University of Bath into the effects of Aqueous Cream BP, recently published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The latest research confirms that far from the cream providing welcome relief from the dryness and itchiness of eczema, it can make the condition worse by damaging the skin barrier.

 It is thought the damage is done by Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a detergent which is contained in many cosmetic moisturisers and wash products as well as Aqueous Cream.

Margaret Cox, National Eczema Society Chief Executive said: "As far back as 2007 NICE Guidelines on the management of childhood eczema recommended that Aqueous cream should not be used as a leave on emollient. It is nevertheless sadly still routinely prescribed.

"There really should be no need for people with eczema to struggle to treat this
difficult to manage condition because they are being prescribed an inappropriate moisturizing cream.

"We hope that this research brings a better understanding of why Aqueous cream is an inappropriate leave on emollient to treat eczema which in turn leads to more appropriate and effective treatment."

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