Your Skin: Caring for Eczematous Skin

Managing Eczema

When you have eczema, the skin is unable to maintain its natural protective barrier. It loses moisture, becoming sore, dry and itchy – potentially allowing in dirt, irritants and bacteria.

You'll have noticed that eczema can change from day to day, week to week and year to year. Depending on how severe your eczema is, your skin may be clear for a while then get really bad and then clear up again. This is because eczema often follows a cycle of periods of clear skin (remissions) and flare-ups.

Changes in the amount of moisture in your skin can cause this cycle:

  • Well-moisturised skin is likely to be clear of eczema for longer
  • Poorly-moisturised skin is likely to be eczematous and flare up more often


Anything that makes your eczema flare-up is normally called a trigger. To help you work out what may cause your flare-ups, check out our list of common triggers:

Use Diprobase

Diprobase helps to restore the skin’s barrier function by keeping it moisturised, soft and supple. Emollients like Diprobase soothe irritation, relieve soreness, reduce the itch and for many people are the only treatment that is needed.

Once applied, Diprobase helps restore the skin’s protective barrier by replacing the skins missing oils.

Keep skin protected and healthy, by using your Diprobase frequently every day. Diprobase helps keep flare-ups at bay and therefore reduce the need for topical steroids when flare-ups do occur.

When to use Diprobase

Recommended 3-4 times a day, even when skin is clear of eczema. Diprobase can also be used as a soap substitute when washing and showering.

During flare-ups, speak to your pharmacist about trying a topical steroid cream as well as your Diprobase emollient.

What is Eczema