Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease caused by inflammation of the cutis, seen mostly in the first years of life. It is characterised by dry, itchy skin and may cause children notable discomfort: intense itching may even make sleeping difficult.
This chronic-recurrent disease cannot be linked to one single cause. Rather, it is the result of a complex interaction between various factors.
What can be done to make living with this disease easier and mitigate discomfort?
Genuine help comes from plants, with their complex mixture of natural substances. To reduce inflammation, jojoba oil, borage oil, St John’s wort oil and evening primrose oil are all quite effective and help hydrate and protect the skin, reducing discomfort.
Paediatrician Vitalia Murgia is a professor at the 2nd level Master’s Programme in Herbal Therapy at La Sapienza University in Rome and at the 2nd level International Master’s Programme in Herbal Medicine at the Universities of Trieste and Madrid. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and books.