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Got dry skin? Read real-life stories about how Derma Care, from Boots Pharmaceuticals, helped these Boots customers
Unfortunately, the ravages of the weather take their toll on Jemma's skin. Her hands often end up red, inflamed and sore.
"I have had atopic eczema since I was born," says Jemma, 27, from Nottingham. "When I was little it was really bad and I used to scratch myself until I bled in my sleep. Nowadays I mostly get it on my hands and knee or elbow joints. My hands are in constant use and are exposed to all kinds of things and the eczema there is very difficult to control."
"It has been a big misery in my life. I am allergic to so many things – mainly perfumes, soaps, rubber gloves and chemicals, which has always made life tricky – especially when I was doing photography at university and used the dark rooms a lot."
"I am very self conscious about it. I never wear rings or nail varnish to attract attention and if I have it on my arms I will always wear long sleeves."
Jemma has used all kinds of steroid creams and moisturisers. She has also cut out virtually all dairy products from her diet, after finding that helped. Her doctor put her on a course of tablets but she says the side effects outweighed the benefits.
"Every time I speak to a doctor, they tell me the same thing: I have to deal with it, because I'll have it for the rest of my life," she says. "The only thing I can do is try to control it. Eczema is quite strange. It can be affected by the weather, your emotional state, your environment, stress levels, or even if you change your hand wash!"
The most important aspect of maintaining eczema-prone skin is to keep it hydrated by moisturising – not just when your skin is in flare-up but also on a daily basis.
Jemma tested two products from Boots Pharmaceuticals' new Derma Care dry skin range, which promotes a daily moisturising regime:
A deep crack is visible:
By the end, they looked like this:
Comedy writer Richard Lawman hadn't suffered from dry skin since his childhood.Then, two years ago, the week before his sister's wedding, Richard noticed his skin was looking unusually dry.
Since then, Richard, 25, from Bolton, has had ongoing problems with eczema, finding it in the creases of his elbows and knees and, most painfully, on his eyelids.
"When it's on my eyelids, it makes my eyes very dry and itchy," he says. "If I don't do anything about it, in a week it can become quite a severe rash that's quite painful." He can't pinpoint exactly what triggers his dry skin flare-ups. "That's the million dollar question," he says. "It's very hard to say. There are a couple of things that seem to exacerbate it. It can start up during winter if I've been driving with the windscreen heaters on. And if I'm very busy with work and seeing friends and I don't get enough sleep, I might get a flare-up. But that might also happen because if I'm busy, I might forget to moisturise."
Richard was testing three products from Boots Pharmaceuticals' new Derma Care dry skin range:
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