The spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics of ba­bies’ skin

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Wel­come to Phar­macy Daily’s weekly com­ment fea­ture. This week’s con­trib­u­tor is Amit Saha, Group Tech­ni­cal Man­ager at Lit­tle Bod­ies.

THE skin is a com­plex and dy­namic or­gan that per­forms sev­eral vi­tal func­tions. The mat­u­ra­tion pro­cess of the skin starts at birth with the adap­tion of the skin to a dry en­vi­ron­ment com­pared to that of be­ing in utero. Skin is in a pro­cess of evolv­ing from birth to adult­hood. Whilst this evo­lu­tion is tak­ing place and the skin as a bar­rier is ma­tur­ing, im­paired skin func­tion makes the skin vul­ner­a­ble to chem­i­cal dam­age, mi­cro­bial in­fec­tions, and skin dis­eases, pos­si­bly com­pro­mis­ing the gen­eral health of the in­fant.

There are some ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences be­tween in­fant skin and that of an adult. In ba­bies, the der­mis is thin­ner than in adults; the ra­tio of skin sur­face area to body vol­ume is sig­nif­i­cantly higher in ba­bies than in adults; sweat is not able to reg­u­late a baby’s body tem­per­a­ture as ef­fec­tively as it does in adults and the acid man­tle which only be­gins to de­velop af­ter the baby has been born, is li­able to break down dur­ing child­hood.

It is with th­ese dif­fer­ence in mind, that we can un­der­stand the im­por­tance of us­ing spe­cific skin care prod­ucts on young skin. Amongst other fac­tors, perfumes, soaps and chem­i­cals can be ir­ri­tants to sen­si­tive baby skin and should best be avoided.

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