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The Skinakin Story

 SkinAkin® was set up by me, Claire Brannigan, and  our co-founder Tracy McComb.  We set out with the aim to ‘make life better for children with Eczema.’  

The motivation came from our own experiences, as mothers of children who suffered from the condition.   We understand the serious and often underestimated impact of eczema for children and their parents, particularly in hours of lost sleep and skin damage caused by scratching.

With support from Innovate UK,  we have worked with parents, children, and leading experts to develop the SkinAkin Eczema Relief Clothing range.  The bodysuits helps minimise the skin damage caused by uncontrollable scratching and gives children and their parents some much needed respite.   Learn more about how eczema clothing can help your child.

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Eczema Relief

For parents of children with eczema who want to help their child get a better night’s sleep, the Skinakin range of Eczema Relief suits are ideal.  Our suits are all-in-one  and are made from skin and eco-kind materials.  The range has been carefully designed, with a range of options depending on your child's need. 

 

Our bodysuits help  prevent your child breaking their skin when scratching, easing the impact of eczema, and giving your child’s skin relief and protection.

What is Eczema?

Eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic and growing problem,[1] which can often be dismissed as a trivial skin disease.   It is characterized by rashes, skin redness, and itchy skin.   People with milder eczema may only have a few patches of dry skin and minimal itching.  

 

However, for a significant number of sufferers, the disease can be painful, hard to treat and have a disabling impact on their lives.   In moderate to severe cases, a person may have widespread inflamed skin all over their body and the constant, unbearable need to scratch.   

 

[1] Prevalence | Background information | Eczema - atopic | CKS | NICE

People experiencing a flare-up of eczema are often caught in an “itch-scratch cycle.”  They scratch to relieve an itch, which in turn causes more itching, inflammation, skin damage, and even skin infections. This leads to more scratching and skin damage, and so the cycle continues, prolonging and worsening the eczema flare.[2].

 

[2] Atopic Dermatitis: Identification and Management of Complicating Factors - PMC (nih.gov)

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Impact of Eczema...

Eczema affects people to different degrees.    Even at the milder end of the condition, sensitivity to a range environmental triggers, materials, and fabrics, combined with unbearable scratching and burning sensation,  particularly at night-time, can have a major negative impact on wellbeing.[3]  It can lead to sleepless nights for the child, which has a knock on effect on sleep quality, leading to missed days at school, difficulty focusing, and low energy and mood.  

 

In fact, the profound impact on quality of life caused by childhood eczema has been shown to be equal to or greater than other common childhood disorders such as diabetes and asthma.[4]   

Parents often feel powerless in helping their children manage this condition.  As such, the family can also suffer due to shared sleep deprivation,  anxiety, and stress over the affected family members wellbeing.    Disruption to parental sleep has correlated with higher maternal anxiety levels and higher depression scores.[5]  The parental psychological burden can be even greater than the psychological distress experienced by the child.[6]  This is all compounded by the feeling of powerlessness in trying to see the right specialist when it is needed and trying to find a treatment that works (often trial and error).

Slowly, there is a growing recognition of the need for mental as well as physical supports to help the condition, for child and parent.  Skin problems like eczema, create deep psychological problems that in turn exacerbate the skin condition, leaving a damaging psychological impact on children and their families.[7]  

 

[3] Mental Health and Skin Disease (2020) (appgs.co.uk)

[4] Guidance on the diagnosis and clinical management of atopic eczema (wiley.com)

[5] Effect of childhood eczema and asthma on parental sleep and well-being: a prospective comparative study - PubMed (nih.gov)

[6] Ablett K and Thompson AR (2016) Parental, child, and adolescent experience of chronic skin conditions: A meta-ethnography and review of the qualitative literature. Body image, 19, pp.175-185.

[7] http://www.appgs.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Mental_Health_and_Skin_Disease2020.pdf

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Treatment for Atopic Eczema 

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) sets out the UK guidelines for recommended treatment for Atopic Eczema.[8]   Standard treatments to alleviate symptoms include steroids, moisturising creams, wet-wrapping, antibiotics and in severe cases, immunotherapy and phototherapy.  With advice from your dermatologist, garments for eczema can also be used alongside prescribed medication.  These are useful as they can be worn at night or under clothes during the day, and tend to reduce scratching, aid emollient absorption, and protect the skin from environmental triggers.  

 

[8] Overview | Atopic eczema in under 12s: diagnosis and management | Guidance | NICE  

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