Your everyday moisturiser may do a wonderful job keeping your skin soft and supple, but it probably isn’t addressing the deficiency in your eczema-prone skin. In a nutshell, the very top layer of your skin is the epidermis, and the topmost layer of that is the stratum corneum. This topmost layer forms a barrier, keeping moisture in and environmental irritants out.1 In eczema-prone skin, this topmost barrier layer is deficient in some of its key components – the ceramides – so it struggles to keep moisture trapped inside.2
But what if you could help replace those lost ceramides while adding moisture back into your skin? That's the theory behind ceramide-containing moisturisers. They have all of the good things your regular moisturiser does, with the added benefits of ceramides.
The lipid matrix that holds the barrier layer together is made up of about 40-50% ceramides, but it also contains cholesterol (25%) and free fatty acids (10–15%).3 Research has found that you need all three ingredients in a moisturiser to get the desired effect on the barrier layer.4
Studies have been trying to answer this question, with very promising results. One study investigated the use of a ceramide-containing moisturiser and cleanser in people with eczema.5 They were instructed to use both a ceramide-containing moisturiser and a ceramide-containing cleanser twice a day for six weeks. When they were assessed after six weeks their skin was significantly improved, with less dryness and itching than before the trial began.5
So, research has shown that adding ceramides to moisturisers and cleansers helps to improve eczema-prone skin. Which is why Ego has worked so hard to develop a ceramide-containing moisturiser and cleanser specially formulated to help people with eczema-prone skin.