Dr.Hauschka Med

An interview with WALA developer Tino Laumann-Lipp on atopic dermatitis and quality of life

Mr Laumann-Lipp, to whom would you recommend the Dr.Hauschka Med ice plant products?

Anyone who suffers from atopic dermatitis, but also anyone with extremely dry skin as a result of ageing. Atopic dermatitis is a recurrent skin condition: symptom-free phases alternate with phases in which the skin becomes imbalanced and extremely itchy. It is during the calm phases when it is particularly important to fortify the skin daily with a basic skin care product. In an optimum situation, this can delay the onset of the acute phase.

What do the ice plant products do in these phases?

The ice plant acts as a model for the skin: it is able to trap and store the little moisture available to it with impressive success. At the same time, the products’ composition of natural oils strengthens the skin’s barrier to minimise moisture loss. The itchiness disappears, the skin and user noticeably relax and are better equipped to combat external influences and the quality of life improves.

Are these effects proven?

Yes, a recent Charité Berlin study* shows that Dr.Hauschka Med basic and intensive skin care products not only improve the condition of the skin but also people’s quality of life. In conducting the study, babies and infants with an increased risk of atopic dermatitis had Ice Plant Body Care Lotion and Intensive Ice Plant Cream applied to their skin daily. The results: after four months of treatment, many children were able to sleep through the night more successfully and parents had far fewer concerns about their child. The products are also very pleasant to apply, so people enjoy using them.

Is it not unusual to look at quality of life as the subject of a medical study?

It certainly is. The Charité study was the first to not only ask how the products affect the skin but then also how their use influences the social environment. The positive answers are amazing and encouraging as they indicate just how important preventative skin care can be.

*Schario M. et al.: Children with dry skin and atopic predisposition: daily use of emollients in a participant-blinded, randomized, prospective trial. (Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2014; 27: 208–216).