My skin is starting to have atopic dermatitis as I age?

Protect. Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.
May not be atopic. Atopic dermatitis is not as common when we age as it is when we are much younger. However, eczema or other sensitive skin conditions can be very common. And because our skin tends to be much drier as we age that is often an under recognized problem. And there are a bunch of conditions that can closely resemble atopic dermatitis and eczema. So, being seen would be important.

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Atopic dermatitis and atopic skin linked?

The same thing. I think you are saying the same thing. Atopic dermatitis is the clinical disease state, while atopic skin may just be skin that can have atopic flares. I think the terms you mentioned really are the same thing. Read more...

Is cleaning atopic dermatitis skin with hot wet towel okay/safe?

Maybe. Hot can mean different things to different people. Hot could also burn and aggravate any existing skin problem. I prefer the idea of warm, with the temperature comfortable to your skin when you test it. Read more...

Could I have atopic dermatitis or just atopic skin that is dry in winter?

Variable. While most atopic patients have symptoms that worsen in the winter I have seen many who are worse in the summer, or even all year round. Every patient can be a little different. I hope you have someone to look after this for you. Read more...

Is there any way to cure skin discoloration from atopic dermatitis?

No. Lighter or darker skin caused by atopic dermatitis is due to changes in the pigment producing cells in the skin called melanocytes. Over time if ad is controlled the skin will return to normal color. Control your ad is important to help this occur. Read more...
Regain skin color. Usually treating the atopic dermatitis will help and over time the color will normalise. But soemtimes applying vitamin e cream helps. Try it, atelast it does nto do any harm! Read more...

What is the best medicine -- lotion, cream or ointment-- for atopic dermatitis or skin?

Moisturizer/steroids. Moisturizers (aveeno, eucerin, even vaseline) are always a good idea to treat the dry skin in atopica dermatitis. Topical steroids are what are going to control the inflammation in ad. Steroid ointments tend to be more potent than creams and lotions, and have the added advantage of helping with the dryness at the same time. Read more...

I don't currently have atopic dermatitis. Is that safe to use the new restoraderm body wash for my dry flakey skin?

Should be fine. The restoraderm products should be fine for anyone based on the product descriptions. They will tend to be mild to the skin and not likely to irritate. Read more...

Recently moved & skin getting worse, which place conditions are best for atopic dermatitis? (for example: downstairs, upstairs, humidity, allergies)

Atopic dermatitis. It appears you may have made the wrong move. You will have to determine which room you are more comfortable in by trial and error or have your house analyzed for mold and other allergens. Read more...

Can alcohol or toners irritate a person with the skin condition called atopic dermatitis?

Yes! People with eczema or atopic dermatitis need to keep their skin moisturized. Alcohol is drying to the skin and can be deterimental. Toners that contain alcohol (astringents) should also be avoided. Find a moisturizers that is free of alcohol, scents, dyes, fragrances, or other chemicals. Moisturizers that contain ceramide, free fatty acids and cholesterol (barrier lipids) are very beneficial. Read more...

If I have sensitive skin and previous contact or atopic dermatitis, can I use a depilatory on the face and bikini areas?

Try testing first. I would recommend testing the cream in a small discrete area first. We call it patch testing. Take a small amount of the cream and put it under duct tape or a bandage on the upper inner arm or leg where no one will see. Leave it on for 48 hrs - reapply after shower, and then wait another few days to make sure you do not have a delayed response. If no redness or itching it should be safe to use. Read more...