Aqueous cream ‘aggravates eczema’ BBC

Read this report from the BBC.

(Its something I knew already but its nice to have it proven!)

“Cream often prescribed to relieve the symptoms of eczema may be making the condition worse, researchers claim. Scientists at Bath University found that aqueous cream thinned the skin after a few weeks of use. This, they say, is because it contains a detergent rather than just moisturisers. Another expert said most GPs seemed unaware of official advice not to prescribe the cream as a moisturiser.

Eczema, which affects millions of adults in the UK, happens when the skin gets dry and cracked. One way to reduce the discomfort and keep it under control is to use moisturising creams.

Aqueous cream, sold at every pharmacy, is an emollient cream, and is officially recommended as an alternative to soap when washing.

However, it is also frequently recommended by doctors for its moisturising properties – one recent poll suggested nine out of 10 GPs recommended it for childhood eczema.

The University of Bath study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology looked directly at its effects on the skin when used regularly.

Volunteers, none of whom had eczema, rubbed it into their forearms every day over a four-week period.

Scientists then compared skin samples taken before and after.

They found the thickness of the stratum corneum, the outermost skin layer, was reduced by about 10% in this time.

Professor Richard Guy supervised the research, conducted as part of a PhD course by researcher Manda Tsang. He said the sodium lauryl sulphate detergent in the cream was affecting a thin layer of fats lying on top of the skin.

He said: “Our study has found that rubbing aqueous cream containing sodium lauryl sulphate into the skin thins this protective barrier, making the skin more susceptible to irritation by chemicals.

“So to use this cream on eczematous skin, which is already thin and vulnerable to irritation, is likely to make the condition even worse.”

‘Heavy duty’

The National Eczema Society recommends alternatives such as white soft paraffin or even other types of emollient without such a high sodium laurel sulphate content.

Margaret Cox, chief executive of the National Eczema Society, said: “Aqueous cream contains sodium lauryl sulphate, which is a fairly heavy duty detergent. Sadly it is widely used – one it’s cheap and two, it’s prescribing habit.”

Professor Michael Cork, an academic dermatologist from the University of Sheffield, said despite advice from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence in England and Wales not to prescribe or recommend aqueous cream in this way, it was still widespread practice.

He recommended that people with eczema use a formulation without the detergent instead.

“This layer of skin will grow back over time, but if you’re using aqueous cream on it every day, it simply won’t get the chance.”

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The Happy Kitchen – London Fields Hackney

The happy kitchen cafe hackney

WOW I love this place, great for children.
You can go and play in London Fields after or before!

The Happy Kitchen cafe has amazing food, its quite beautiful! All seasonal and locally or UK sourced. They also offer cookery classes can crafts for children and encourage community projects.

GO TODAY! Go now! you will have a most excellent time!

Find them here: 402 Mentmore Terrace, Railway Arches, London Fields, Hackney, London E8 3PH

Tel: 020 8525 4994 | Web:

Helpful work tips (Via Etsy)

A great post by Erica Heftmann a textile artist from Seattle.
Work Habits that Work for Me
1) I divide my work into small tasks, the first of which I do right away. This is so much better than putting everything off because it is to huge to face!The first small task is typically setting up my work area for the job that needs to be done. Pull out the right supplies and tools; put away everything else. Done! Pat on back!

The next day, it is easy to step up to an inviting work area, where everything is laid out and waiting to be done.

2) If there is a mistake or a mess, likewise, divide it into small tasks. The first is to undo the mistake. This is often a big obstacle for creative people who are thinking of fixing things to overcome a mistake and are fretting about how that can be done. Don’t think about that now. Just undo the mistake, even if this means trashing something. That’s enough for one session. The next time you go to work, there is nothing to fix, only a fresh starting point.

3) Use the calendar to make an appointment with yourself for things you don’t trust yourself to finish. Treat it like a regular work commitment to a boss or a client. Show up and complete your work.

4) Turn off the television, the phone and the computer. These sap a lot of time and before you realize it, you are not in the sharpest frame of mind to get through your task list.

5) Listen to yourself. If you are having trouble staying on track, maybe you are not doing what you love the best but what you think you are supposed to be doing (from advice, from comparing yourself to something, from some external perception?) If you are motivated by desire, you won’t need to discipline yourself so much.


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