More options for dry skin with launch of new skincare range
A new range of skincare products containing linoleic acid—which makes it a suitable moisturizer for most skin disorders—is now available in Caring pharmacies nationwide.
Linoleic acid has protective, regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties, and is the key ingredient in the new range of skincare products called Linola®, said Dr. Manuel Häuser, medical information manager of the Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG Arzneimittel, Germany.
The Linola skincare line consists of individual moisturizers for the body, face, hand, foot and groin plus nappyareas; a sunblock; a shower and wash; and a special scalp shampoo. Elaborating on the moisturizers, Häuser said the Linola Lotion is generally safe for use on all parts of the body.According to a study the company conducted, patients with very dry or eczema-prone skin had improved skin hydration and roughness; and reduced transepidermal water loss (TEWL) after using the lotion for 2 weeks, he said.
As for the other area-specific moisturizers, they provide extra advantages if used for the body parts they are intended for. For instance, the Linola Foot Lotion has a low pH of 4 so it is able to provide extra protection to the feet’s skin against fungal and bacterial infectionin addition to its moisturizing benefit.
Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that is found in the structural lipids between corneocytes. It plays an important role in maintaining the skin’s protective barrier. However, it is not physiologically synthesized and has to be obtained from outside the body, saidHäuser. Naming some sources of the essential fatty acid, Häuser listed them as thistle oil, sunflower oil and rapeseed oil.
An intact skin barrier is able to provide protection against water loss, irritants and germs, he said. A lack or loss of lipids will lead to dry skin, itchiness and increased risk of infection. Unfortunately, there are many possible triggers for dry skin such as ageing, frequent air travel, extreme temperatures, frequent showers and extensive use of soaps or cleansers.In Germany, the prevalence of dry skin is higher among men compared to women, he said. As for Singapore, atopic dermatitis—a disorder associated with dry skin—affects 13.1 percent of the population, noted Häuser. Locally, the prevalence of atopic dermatitis is highest among Malays compared to Chinese and Indians. [Clin Exp Dermatol 1993;18(6):496–499] The skin disorder negatively impacts the quality of life in children who are affected; and adversely affect their family psychologically, socially and functionally. [Med J Malaysia 2002;57(3):329–339]