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How Derma Care helped me

Got dry skin? Read real-life stories about how Derma Care, from Boots Pharmaceuticals, helped these Boots customers

Photographer Jemma Cox spends long hours sitting in the cold, the wind and the rain, trying to take the perfect picture.

Unfortunately, the ravages of the weather take their toll on Jemma's skin. Her hands often end up red, inflamed and sore.

Eczema and dry skin

Jemma Cox

"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."

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"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."

Products for dry skin

"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.

Dry skin and eczema

"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!"

Derma Care and eczema

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:

She used the products every day for two months. At the start of her Derma Care test, Jemma's hands looked like this:

A deep crack is visible:

At the start, they looked like this
By the end, they looked like this:

By the end, they looked like this
Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream
"I really liked the instant moisture the Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream gave my hands," she says. "It soaked in very quickly. I think as a supplement to prescription medicines and as a daily moisturiser it's very good." Alongside the Derma Care creams, Jemma used products to treat her skin's occasional eczema flare-ups. "When my eczema flared up at the end of November I had to apply steroid cream as well," she says.

Jemma's favourite Derma Care product was the Derma Care Daily Moisturising Shower cream.

"The shower cream is AMAZING!" she says. "Really good. I can't really use scented products and shower gels or creams really dry my skin out. This, however, was really moisturising. I still have about a quarter of a tube left and will definitely be buying more."

Comedy writer Richard Lawman

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.

Skin conditions and eczema

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."

Dry skin and eczema

After consulting his GP, Richard was prescribed a moisturiser and an itch relief product. He uses these products when he feels he needs to – the moisturiser about once a week – but he was interested to see how the Derma Care Daily Moisturising Regime™ might fit in with his busy lifestyle. Moisturising once a week is not enough to maintain eczema-prone skin.

Richard was testing three products from Boots Pharmaceuticals' new Derma Care dry skin range:

So what did he think?
Derma Care Daily Moisturising Shower Cream
"I was using them on a daily basis, as recommended," he says. "I really liked using the shower cream. Immediately afterwards, I would use the Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream on the insides of my legs and arms, my shoulders, my hands and my neck.

"Other lotions I've used can take 5-10 minutes to be absorbed into my skin. I get a bit frustrated because I can't do anything or pick anything up and I'm not the sort of person who likes to spend a long time on my appearance.

Eczema and dry skin products

"The Derma Care Daily Moisturising Cream was brilliant. After my shower, it took about 30 seconds to soak in. I've never had a cream like it. The reality is that, if you're having to moisturise on a daily basis, you want to use something that isn't going to have a dramatic effect on your routine.

"The feel of it wasn't perfumed or greasy and it felt really nice on my hands and arms. I didn't experience any dry skin flare-ups while I was using it. I think I preferred it for my skin to the Light Daily Moisturising Lotion, which had a lighter feel.

"I think men would use this because it doesn't take much time and you don't have to think about it too much."

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