Atopic dermatisis

What's atopic dermatisis

Atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema is a skin barrier disorder which makes the epidermis vulnerable and permeable to external factors. It affects 1 out of 5 children1 and may appear from the age of 2 months. Often hereditary, it has been scientifically proven that if one of the parents had this skin problem, the child has a 40 to 50% probability of also having it. And if both parents had it, this may reach 80%².
Therefore, atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder which must be treated as soon as possible. Knowledge of the risk factors, early diagnosis and especially appropriate daily skincare are key factors in this treatment. The application of a emollient from birth on allows reducing the probability of atopic dermatitis by 33 to 50%3
1 Watson W. Studies, 2011, ISAAC Steering Committee, 1998
² Böhme 2003, Taïb 2008
3. Eric L Simpson UK 2014, Kenta Horimukia Japan 2014

Recognizing the atopic skin of a baby

It is observed as an extremely dry skin on the body and face and alternates between eczema flare-ups accompanied of localized red patches and calmer periods. In children, this results in itching sensations, sometimes intense, which may affect the quality of life and in particular sleep. If these signs appear, consult a doctor for an in-depth diagnosis.

Understanding the atopic skin of your baby

Baby's skin relative to that of an adult
Your baby’s skin is like any baby skin, so beautiful and flawless in appearance, but is in fact exceedingly fragile.
Baby’s skin presents at birth an immature skin barrier. Very fragile and vulnerable to everyday stressors, baby’s skin will only reach the first stage of maturity at about 2 years of age.
From birth to two years of age, baby’s skin is not yet capable of maintaining a good moisture level, which is nonetheless essential for the proper functioning of skin cells.
Baby’s skin has an unsuspected cellular richness: a unique stem cells capital which allows it to regenerate throughout life. This cellular capital, which is at its maximum at birth, is extremely vulnerable and fragile between birth and two years.
The specific characteristics of baby’s skin relative to that of an adult have been scientifically proven thanks to a Mustela research project over more than 10 years, without precedent worldwide, on children’s skin from the first days of life.
Atopic skin compared to normal skin
The Mustela researchers at the Expanscience Laboratories analyzed the physiology of atopic skin in babies and children and were thus able to identify its characteristics
  • Lipid deficiency
Atopic dermatitis is due to the hypermeability of a skin which is still excessively fragile in some infants, which cannot protect itself against allergens. Usually, to protect itself, the skin forms a thin layer of water and fats (lipids) on its surface: the hydrolipid film. Furthermore, the skin envelope forms a solid brick wall that ensures its impermeability.
In the case of atopy, the hydrolipid film is less thick and the skin envelop is vulnerable. Water loss is therefore greater than normal and cause skin dryness. The skin loses its impermeability and is no longer capable of carrying out its barrier role against certain external factors: the door is open to allow allergens to enter. When faced with them, the skin reacts!
  • Imbalanced natural defenses
The immune system of atopic children is more sensitive to stimuli. This
sensitivity, associated with the demands related to the allergens the skin allows through,
Provokes an intense inflammatory reaction on the skin which results in
red patches and itching.
  • Perturbed cellular capital
This cellular capital which is maximum at birth and must last a lifetime, is particularly vulnerable in atopic skins of babies and infants
Satisfying the needs of atopic skin
Thanks to these discoveries, our researchers selected for Stelatopia skincare 2 patented natural active ingredients with clinically proven efficacy from birth:
  •  Sunflower Oleodistillate: has soothing properties and provides lipids essential to maintaining skin’s moisture barrier
  •  Avocado Perseose: preserves the cellular richness, moisturizes and protects the skin barrier, daily damaged for atopic-prone skin
Discovering the baby-child atopic skin range by Mustela
Mustela proposes its new generation of Stelatopia® skincare products: a complete hygiene and skincare range, specifically designed to sooth and replenish atopic skins of babies and children. It guarantees a clinically proven efficacy and high tolerance from birth on 1, tested under dermatological and pediatric control.
Daily application of Stelatopia products from birth reduces by 51% the probability of appearance of clinical signs of atopic skin at 9 months 4
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4. Clinical study performed on 113 babies with high probability of developing atopic dermatitis (2 atopic parents).
  •  Sunflower Oleodistillate: has soothing properties and provides lipids essential to maintaining skin’s moisture barrier
  •   Avocado Perseose: preserves the cellular richness, moisturizes and protects the skin barrier, daily damaged for atopic-prone skin


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