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A study conducted by The Lewin Group and published by the American Academy of Dermatology Association and the Society for Investigative Dermatology estimates that one third of the people in the U.S. suffer from skin disease at any given time. According to research into the economic impact of this problem, it is taking a heavy toll; nearly $38.6 billion dollars is spent annually on healthcare, lost productivity and medications for those with skin diseases. The most costly skin disorders - skin ulcers and wounds, melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer, eczema and acne - cost $28.2 billion in treatment costs and $10.2 billion in lost productivity. Given that eczema affects an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population, it is clear that a large percentage of these costs can be attributed to eczema treatment.

A recent breakthrough in skin care treatment is the development of shielding lotions. Harsh weather, chemicals and environmental irritants strip the skin of its natural protective layer exposing the skin to harmful irritants that can cause skin disease. A shielding lotion replaces the protective layer and prevents the irritants from damaging the skin.

Nearly 80 percent of eczema is due to contact with harsh chemicals and environmental irritants. "As a dermatologist with many years of experience treating skin problems, I can tell you what the major causes are," says Dr. Benest. "One of them is exposure to irritants and chemicals in the everyday environment. We live in a much more toxic environment today and our skin bears the brunt. When we are exposed to harsh conditions in the environment it can have a very negative effect on our skin. The reason shielding lotions are so effective is that they replace the protective barrier and allow the skin to heal from within. A shielding lotion bonds with the outer layer of the skin and protects it from outside irritants and chemicals, so it will prevent skin conditions from developing or it will help an existing condition to heal."

"Nearly everyone's skin is exposed to harmful chemicals on and off the job," says Dr. Peter Helton, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA. "That is why shielding lotions are so important. With a shielding lotion we find that the skin heals much faster, so the patient needs less medication," says Dr. Helton.

Shielding lotions could help millions of Americans reduce their visits to the doctor, time taken off work and dollars spent on expensive skin care treatments. "We recommend shielding lotion as a skin care alternative to our patients and we have typically seen them ask for refills,” says Dr. Benest. “Often our best indicator that this solution worked effectively is the fact that they did not come back to the office for another visit - the condition cleared right up."

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