Ever wonder why you don't see dermatologists with dry skin?

Ever wonder why you don't see dermatologists with dry skin?

Occlusive skincare treatments are products that create a physical barrier on the skin's surface to prevent moisture loss. They are often used in dermatology to enhance skin hydration and provide various other benefits. Here are the primary dermatologic benefits of occlusive skincare treatments:

  1. Moisture Retention: Occlusives form a barrier that significantly reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL). By trapping moisture within the skin, they help maintain optimal hydration levels, which is crucial for skin health and function.
  2. Barrier Protection: These treatments protect the skin from environmental aggressors such as pollutants, allergens, and irritants. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with compromised skin barriers, such as those with eczema, psoriasis, or contact dermatitis.
  3. Enhanced Healing: Occlusives can create a favorable environment for wound healing by maintaining a moist wound environment. This can accelerate the healing of minor cuts, abrasions, and other skin injuries.
  4. Improved Efficacy of Active Ingredients: When used in combination with other active ingredients, occlusives can enhance their penetration and efficacy. By preventing the evaporation of water, occlusives help other ingredients, such as humectants and emollients, work more effectively.
  5. Reduction of Irritation and Sensitivity: For sensitive and irritated skin, occlusives can provide immediate relief by forming a protective barrier that shields the skin from potential irritants. This can reduce redness, itching, and discomfort.
  6. Prevention of Dryness and Flaking: Occlusive treatments are particularly beneficial in preventing and treating dry, flaky skin. By maintaining hydration, they help keep the skin soft, smooth, and pliable.
  7. Support for Atopic Dermatitis Management: Occlusives are often recommended for individuals with atopic dermatitis (eczema) to help restore the skin barrier and reduce flare-ups. They can be used as part of a comprehensive skincare regimen to manage symptoms and prevent dryness.
  8. Post-Procedure Care: After dermatologic procedures such as chemical peels, laser treatments, or microdermabrasion, occlusives can be used to promote healing and protect the treated skin. They help maintain moisture and prevent infection in the post-procedure period.

Occlusive agents we like contain ingredients like castor oil, coconut oil, squalane. You can do an occlusive treatment with a thick hydrating moisturizer, like Vetted Dermlab's M2.

When selecting an occlusive treatment, it's important to consider the specific needs of the skin and any potential allergies or sensitivities to certain ingredients.