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Loss of sleep and poor sleep quality have been identified as among the most significant impacts on the quality of life related to eczema. A new clinical study by La Roche-Posay examined the effects of a skin-care routine on improving sleep for people living with moderate and severe eczema.

Aleyna Zarras, regional trainer and skin expert at La Roche-Posay, says the results have been very positive for the 51 participants – 24 adults and 27 children (from age three) – who used a combination of a gentle body wash, LIPIKAR Syndet AP+, and soothing balm, LIPIKAR Baume AP+.

“Patients used the body wash during each shower or bath and the emollient at least once a day in the evening,” says Zarras. “We did a clinical evaluation on day zero and again on day 14. After two weeks of using the two products, the intensity of the itch from eczema was reduced by 42 per cent and the duration of the itch was reduced by 38 per cent.”

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Eczema tends to keep both adults and children awake due to itchy skin. “Nine out of 10 children with eczema suffer from sleep loss. We know that it is not uncommon for children with eczema to lose an hour of sleep every single night due to itching. And this can disrupt the life of the whole family,” she says. “Our study showed that the skin-care routine improved sleep quality by 35 per cent and sleep duration by 42 per cent.”

Due to the positive results, Zarras refers to the products as “60 nights of sleep in a bottle.” And better sleep translates into a better quality of life, she explains. “Over two weeks, these two products improved the quality of life for patients participating in the study by 73 per cent.

“Eczema affects the whole family. When a child itches and scratches and can’t sleep, neither can the parents, who are desperately trying to help. The mental toll from itching and lack of sleep places eczema among the conditions with the biggest impact on the quality of life,” Zarras adds.

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