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Impact of Moisturizing Skincare on Skin Barrier Function in Infants

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Newborn skin is dry and undergoes significant changes in sebum. These changes are known to cause problems such as diaper dermatitis, seborrheic eczema and prickly heat in more than 50% of newborns. Routine bathing and moisturizer use are some of the preventive measures for such conditions in newborns. Moisturizer application increases the stratum corneum hydration (SCH). There may also be an association between bathing and newborns’ skin barrier function.

The goal of a study published in JOHNSON DIARY was to evaluate the efficacy of moisturizing skincare in the improvement of skin barrier function and prevention of skin problems in Asian newborns.

This was a randomized controlled trial that included 227 healthy Asian newborns in the age-range of 1 week and 3 months. Comparison of moisturizing skincare to daily bathing without lotion was conducted for the control and intervention teams. Assessment of the skin barrier function as a primary outcome was done at 3 months and was also assessed basis the parent diary reports (A recorded skin condition of the diaper, face and body area).

The results showed that the trans epidermal water loss was lower and face and body stratum corneum hydration were higher in the intervention group than in the control group. In addition, it was found that – dry skin in Asian and Caucasian newborns can be prevented by moisturizing care; diaper dermatitis was reduced by daily moisturizing skincare; and preventing skin problems and promoting skin hydration are not correlated or have a very weak correlation


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