The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development participated in a past study that showed a defective skin barrier may lead to skin conditions including eczema. Scientists suspect that the breakdown is due to a combination of factors – a genetic predisposition to thin skin, which is then easily damaged by moisture loss and irritation caused by overheating, cold weather, dry winds and exposure to chemical irritants like soap or detergents. One thing is certain, while thin skin is more susceptible to developing eczema, exposure to irritants is often the key precipitating element for flare ups. As a result, hundreds of dermatologists are now recommending the use of a shielding lotion, a new type of skin care product that mimics the skin’s protective outer layer. This may well be the new global standard for eczema treatment. However this discovery has not only been found to resolve eczema, but has also been found to reduce rashes resulting from the reaction to insulin injections in Diabetic patients. According to Dr. Peter Helton, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Newport Beach, California, “In order for the skin to heal and return to its healthy condition you have to seal in the moisture and oils that are below the outer layer of skin to protect the skin from the irritants in the environment. “A shielding lotion is a new kind of lotion. It is a new technology that blends moisturizers with a light silicone material that is like a liquid film. It bonds with the outer layer of the skin and helps keep the skin’s natural protective barrier intact, which keeps the moisture-robbing irritants out and your own natural oils and moisture in,” said Dr. Helton. Dr. Lisa Benest, a board certified dermatologist in Burbank, California, explains, “Shielding lotions can significantly restore the skin’s natural barrier and thus make it less susceptible to environmental irritants and eczema flares. A recent Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) study found that shielding lotion increases the protective layer formation properties by more than 50 percent within one hour of application.” Steroid creams and ointments are the traditional topical eczema treatment, but, as they can further damage the protective layer, these new findings indicate the need for a different approach. Shielding lotion may be the wave of the future. Shielding lotions such as Gloves In A Bottle are available in the US and Canada at over 9,500 pharmacies and over 3,000 specialty shops. For more info call 800-600-1881, or visit www.glovesinabottle.com.