Its gentle formula is ideal for newborns and young children who have delicate skin.
A baby’s skin may be smooth and soft, but it is also very sensitive and prone to irritation as it is thinner and more fragile. Using a proper cleanser for bathing neonatal and infant skin is of prime importance considering the anatomical differences with adult skin.
The cleansing of neonatal and infant skin requires careful attention as paediatric skin differs from adult skin in several important ways. For example, the thickness of infant skin is 40-60% that of adult skin, underlying the need to choose a gentle skin cleansing and moisturising regime to protect and improve the skin barrier function in infants and young children.
Why is improving skin barrier function so important?
A compromised barrier can contribute to eczema and atopic dermatitis, a chronic eczematous skin condition usually occurring amongst children that is marked by intense itching and inflammation.
A multifactorial disease such as atopic dermatitis requires a multimodal plan of treatment. The ideal paediatric cleanser should contain a gentle surfactant, be chemically and physically stable, does not contain perfumes or colouring agents, is fragrance-free, inherently sterile and does not contain substances metabolised by micro flora on skin.
Cetaphil’s range of cleansers meet all of the above requirements and are well-tolerated in infants with diaper dermatitis and effective in removing debris without drying or irritating the skin.
The cleansing bar and cleansing lotion have physiologic lipid emollients and the correct pH level to help facilitate barrier repair for even highly irritated and acutely inflamed skin. This helps to improve significantly the dryness of the atopic skin to improve the itching.
Cetaphil’s Winning Formula
Doctors recommend Cetaphil for its extensive research and deep understanding of skin care.
In a study of 87 infants with cleared diaper dermatitis, Cetaphil’s cleansing lotion resulted in improvements in erythematic and desquamation and did not cause exacerbations in patients with cleared diaper dermatitis.
Babies and infants’ skin is highly sensitive and thus requires slightly more attention and care as compared to adults’ skin. Babies are less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if their skin is irritated.
“The need for such gentle skin care products is increasingly critical in developed countries where skin sensitivities are on the rise. As such, it is important to pick cleansers that are mild enough such that they do not alter the skin’s natural pH,” says Dr. Jean Ho, consultant dermatologist at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre.
Method Of Cleansing
To ensure optimal results, Cetaphil recommends the following regime when cleansing paediatric skin:
Pre-term neonates: wash in bath containing cool boiled water or physiological saline. Avoid cleansing during the first 4-6 weeks.
Full-term neonates: can be cleaned in water using a gentle cleanser eg. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser with a neutral or slightly acidic pH and moisturisers or emollients.
Locking In Moisture
Equally important as cleansing is the need for moisturising, and to complete the full routine, apply Cetaphil moisturisers to hydrate the skin to attract and fence in water in the stratum corneum (outer layer of the epidermis, consisting mainly of dead or peeling cells) for healthy skin.
Cetaphil moisturisers contain key moisturising ingredients such as polyglycerylmethacrylate, sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, panthenol and dimenthicone which act as humectants to retain moisture and double the skin’s hydration level in 4 days.
As fragrance is the most common cosmetic-related allergy, both cleansers and moisturisers are fragrance-free.
Cetaphil cleansers and moisturisers for babies and young children can now be found at Guardian, Watsons, Caring, VitaCare, Aeon Wellness, hospital pharmacies and clinics and other major independent pharmacies.
Source: IMS Data on Emollients & Protectives, MAT Q3 2014