Eczema (aka atopic dermatitis) is a genetic condition resulting in itchy, inflamed patches on the skin. As dermatologist Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology & Skincare Center explains, it’s caused by a mutation to a protein called filaggrin, which impacts the skin’s ability to retain moisture.
While derms may prescribe a corticosteroid cream to treat eczema, the risks (like thinning skin, topical dependency and even withdrawal) make it controversial. But choosing the right over-the-counter products can help you avoid steroids altogether.
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