Eczema is a condition where patches of skin become rough and inflamed, sometimes accompanied with blisters that cause itching and bleeding. It is important to prevent dry skin — one of the most common triggers — which can cause your eczema to get worse. Setting up a good skin care routine, with daily treatments like moisturizing and bathing, is essential for successfully managing your eczema.

Emollients can be applied as often as to keep the skin well moisturized. It's especially important to regularly apply an emollient to your hands and face because they are exposed to the elements more than any other part of your body.

Certain activities, such as swimming or gardening, can irritate the skin, so it may help to apply an emollient beforehand.

For babies, it is a good idea to protect their hands and cheeks with an emollient before meal times to stop them getting sore from food and drinks.

Emollients are best applied after washing your hands, taking a bath or showering because this is when the skin is moist. It should be applied as soon as you have patted your skin dry to ensure it is properly absorbed.

Yap Lih shin is a fully registered pharmacist in Malaysia since 2011. She completed her training under Hospital Banting and Hospital Selayang and obtained her Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Pharmacy from International Medical University, Malaysia. She is also a certified Respiratory Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic trainer of Malaysia Pharmacy Board since 2013. Despite her routine pharmacy practices, she also involved herself with research. Her research titled Relationship Between Phosphate Binders, Dietary Protein And Phosphate Intake In Controlling Hyperphosphataemia Amongst Patients On Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis is selected as one of the oral presentation in Asian Conference on Clinical Pharmacy, (ACCP) Singapore 2010 . In 2013, Lih Shin represented Malaysia to be one of the speaker for International Health Conference, Brunei, with the topic: Inhaler device. In year 2014, she is featured in Radio Interview at Asyik FM for the topic: Asthma and COPD. Recently, she gained her interest on natural ingredients skin care product and started her brand Kel’s Natural since 2016.

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