Eczema-prone skin

What is baby eczema-prone skin?

Babies are like adults, they have different skin types.  In order to give your baby’s skin the care it needs each day, you need to be able to recognize your baby’s skin type, fully understand the needs and use the right products for that skin type.


Eczema, what is it and how to recognise it?



Eczema-prone skin is a skin barrier disorder that affects 1 in 5 children (1). It appears as extremely dry skin on the body and face and alternates between eczema flare-ups with red patches and periods of relief.

Eczema can appear from the age of two months. It decreases severity over time and often disappears spontaneously, usually around the age of five or six. Meanwhile, eczema will disrupt your baby’s day-to-day life, because it often translates to itching and discomfort.


 Eczema alternates between periods of flare-up and periods of respite. In fact, your baby may appear free of the condition for a time and then it will show up as extremely dry skin on the face and body, accompanied by localised patches of red skin and itching sensations. The patches will appear on a baby’s cheeks, scalp, neck folds and even arms and legs. As the child grows, the patches can be seen in skin folds, this time usually on elbows, knees, wrists and eyelids.


The itching and discomfort associated with eczema flare-ups can persist at bedtime, which can cause difficulty sleeping. Your baby’s quality of life can be affected, as itching can result in chronic fatigue and increased irritability.

Early, long-lasting prevention is therefore key to your little one’s comfort.


Understanding your baby’s eczema-prone skin


What causes eczema?

Eczema is caused by a defect in the skin barrier which allows moisture loss and the door open to allergens. In children prone to eczema, the immune system is also more sensitive to stimuli. This sensitivity, combined with demands related to allergens, provokes an intense inflammatory reaction in the skin (characterized by red patches and itching).


A hereditary skin condition

We also know nowadays that eczema-prone skin may be linked to a genetic predisposition. There is a 40-50% (2) probability of a child developing eczema before it turns two if one of its parents also suffers from the condition. This figure rises to 50-80% (2) when both parents suffered from eczema.


Preventing eczema: mission possible!

If there is a family history, you can take effective preventive measures right from birth. The latest scientific studies have shown that the daily application of an emollient from birth onward in the case of children with at least one eczema-prone skin parent helps to reduce their risk of developing the symptoms of eczema by 33-50% (3).

So, there it is. Every day, protect your baby’s skin with a specific baby-child fragrance-free emollient skincare (Like Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream or Balm). This is the best way to replenish lipids in the skin and strengthen the skin barrier, thereby increasing the skin’s ability to defend itself against the allergens that are responsible for skin problems.


What makes Mustela Stelatopia line for Eczema-prone skin works?

Clinically tested by physicians and pediatricians, Mustela®’s fragrance-free Stelatopia® product range is formulated with Avocado Perseose®, a natural ingredient to hydrate and preserve the skin’s richness and Sunflower Oil Distillate to soothe and replenish the skin with key lipids.



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