Getting rid of dust and eczema in one sweep

March 6, 2008

National Report - Dust mites and roach allergens damage the protective layer of the skin, preventing already damaged skin from healing, according to new research.

National Report

- Dust mites and roach allergens damage the protective layer of the skin, preventing already damaged skin from healing, according to new research published in

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology

. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all dust and dust mites, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risks, The Open Press reports.

The study found that participants? dry skin and eczema, which was intentionally damaged and exposed to dust mites and roach allergens, worsened. Ways to prevent worsened conditions are to vacuum once a week in spots with dust build-up, make sure not to leave food out and use a shielding lotion for dry skin to lock in moisture and prevent the absorption of irritants and allergens, according to Open Press.

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