Moisturizer in Patients with Inflammatory Skin Diseases

Medicina (Kaunas). 2022 Jul 1;58(7):888. doi: 10.3390/medicina58070888.


As interest in skin increases, the cosmetic market is also growing. It is difficult to choose between the numerous types of basic cosmetics on the market. This article aims to provide advice and guidance on which products to recommend according to a patient's skin condition. Appropriate application of a moisturizer attempts not only to improve the dryness, but also improve the skin's natural barrier function to protect the skin from internal and external irritants to keep the skin healthy. Moisturizers consist of various ingredients, including occlusive agents, emollients, humectants, lipid mixture, emulsifiers, and preservatives. Pathophysiology of dry skin is also discussed to provide readers with the background they need to choose the right moisturizer for themselves. As moisturizers play an important role as adjuvant in the treatment of common skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and rosacea, which type of moisturizer is appropriate for each disease was also dealt with. Basic cosmetics, especially moisturizers, should be recommended in consideration of the ingredients, effectiveness and safety of each product, and the skin condition of each patient.

Keywords: cosmeceutical; cosmetics; moisturizer.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Dermatitis, Atopic*
  • Emollients / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Skin
  • Skin Diseases* / drug therapy


  • Emollients