Itchy skin is one of the most frustrating and annoying sensations you can have. Just thinking about a persistent itch is enough to drive you mad and when the kids have it, it makes their lives (and your life) extremely difficult. Many children have itchy skin, often due to various common skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or hives (urticaria), which impacts on the quality of everyday life. The worst thing about an itch is that scratching makes it worse, and people with eczema feel it more than most people, so they are getting a double assault on the body.
Dr Tey Hong Liang, runs the Itch Clinic at the National Skin Centre in Singapore, a regional centre of excellence in skin disorders. Recognising that existing moisturisers and creams were not adequately treating his patients’ itchy dry skin, Dr Tey decided to create a solution. Dr Tey combined the natural itch relieving and cooling power of menthol, with a high concentration of a ceramide based moisturiser, which restores the natural skin barrier. Menthol works within minutes to relieve the itch, while its cooling effect also encourages frequent application, which is essential to allow the ceramides to repair the skin barrier. Dr Tey conducted a study at the National Skin Centre to prove the products safety and efficacy. The study demonstrated a 56% reduction in itch for people with eczema. Further studies have shown that over 90% of people start to get relief from itch within minutes of applying the product.
The products have recently arrived on our shores and it’s the children’s range that has captured our eye. This is a 2-step eczema starter set that is fast and easy eczema itch relief just for your little ones.
The two new products from Suu Balm Kids provide parents with an easy start to manage and care for your little one’s tender eczema prone skin. Only 2-steps, the two products combine their head-to-toe body wash - the Suu Balm ‘Kids Dual Soothing & Moisturising Head-to-Toe Wash’ along with their fast itch-relieving moisturiser - the Suu Balm ‘Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser’.
The first step is to cleanse:
Suu Balm Kids Dual Soothing & Moisturising Head-to-Toe Wash is a gentle, soothing formulation that’s safe for everyday use on kids and babies with dry, sensitive or eczema prone skin. Ingredients have been specially and carefully selected by Dr Tey Hong Liang. It contains 5 moisturising ingredients, including rich shea butter and sodium hyaluronate. The absence of parabens, preservatives and artificial fragrances makes this product suitable for all skin types.
The second step is to moisturise:
Suu Balm Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser contains a specific ingredient to provide rapid itch relief for kids – menthol – which acts by cooling the skin, and triggering receptors in the nerves in the skin, blocking the transmission of itch signals to the brain. At the same time, ceramides help in restoring the skin’s moisture. Menthol is for fast, cooling itch relief and ceramides restore skin moisture. The absence of steroids makes this product suitable for all skin types.
When should you use (or not use) these products:
Use Suu Balm™ Kids Dual Soothing & Moisturising Head-to-Toe Wash when showering or bathing, daily or more often if needed. Apply from head to toe to gently cleanse, and then rinse off. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. For best results, keep your showers short and do not use water that is too hot. After showering, pat your skin dry and apply your Suu Balm Kids Moisturiser to body regions with itch or dryness.
Start with a small amount and apply Suu Balm™ Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser as often as needed to help relieve itch and leave the skin feeling soft and moisturised. Increase usage as required.
As you would expect, do not use the products on open/cut skin, near the mouth and eyes as menthol can sting if applied to these areas. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
The range is available in all good pharmacies nationwide.