Winter is on its way out, which means that the past cold and dry weather conditions have left most people’s skin feeling dry, cracked and flaky…

Although spring and summer always seem to be the more welcome seasons to usher in – the warmer weather conditions also brings with it other challenges for our skin. Especially when it comes to people that suffer from chronically dry and sensitive skin.3

For some people, dry skin means endless discomfort from sore cracked hands and feet, dry lips and chronic skin disorders that are aggravated by the varying weather conditions.3 So how do you keep your skin healthy and protected from the elements all year round? What is the secret to giving your skin the attention it needs? The answer to long-lasting effect comes in both 30 g and 100 g tube sizes.2 Adcock Ingram’s specially formulated SBR Repair and SBR Lipocream products are SA’s best kept secrets that will soon be a must-have in every home to offset the effects of sensitive and chronic dry skin conditions.1,2

What is dry skin and what causes it?

Dry skin is an uncomfortable skin condition marked by scaling, itching, cracking and can develop into more severe skin conditions, like eczema and psoriasis.3

Dry skin happens when our bodies are unable to produce the natural oils known as lipids that form a barrier called the hydro-lipid barrier system. There are also several external factors that contribute to dry skin including anything from dry weather, heat, harsh soaps and detergents to hot showers and air conditioning.1,2,3

Dry skin happens when our bodies are unable to produce the natural oils known as lipids that form a barrier called the hydro-lipid barrier system.

For people who have an impaired hydro-lipid barrier system, these external factors exacerbate the condition further.1 “Apart from causing extreme discomfort, dry skin and chronic dry skin especially, can also have long lasting psychological effects should the problem persist,” says Adcock Ingram brand manager, Phiwo Mabunu.4

What is an emollient and how does it help?

Emollients are medical moisturisers used to treat eczema. They are different from cosmetic moisturisers in that they should be unperfumed and do not have ‘anti-ageing’ additives.

Emollients have been used for over 5 000 years and they form an essential part of the therapy for all dry skin conditions, including atopic and contact eczema. Emollients soothe and relieve the itch, forming an oily layer over the skin surface which traps water beneath it. The resulting restoration of the skin’s barrier function by emollients prevents the penetration of irritants, allergens and bacteria, thereby avoiding or reducing the development of eczema and infection.

Emollients are safe and effective – a good skin care routine using emollients can soothe, moisturise, and protect the skin, so helping to reduce the number of eczema areas.7

The outer visible layer of the skin is made of lipids such as cholesterol, ceramides and fatty acids and all three are very important for the skin’s waterproof function.5 They must be present in the right quantities and ratios for the skin to retain water.5,6

Emollients or moisturisers are crucial for the replacement of lost lipids and are made up of emulsions of oil and water in varying proportions, with a wide variety of additional ingredients which aid hydration, contribute to skin barrier repair and act as preservatives.7,8

They can restore the skin barrier in three phases:8

Stage 1: They can immediately reduce evaporation of water from the skin.7,8

Stage 2: They can penetrate the outer visible layer of the skin and replace lost lipids, which is important for barrier function.8

Stage 3: They can penetrate to the epidermis below the outer visible layer of the skin, where, if the emollient contains them, lipids that are identical to those found in the skin can be incorporated into the skin for a more long term effect of between six and 24 hours (if there is no further damage to the skin barrier).2,8

SBR Lipocream is used to assist in treating dry skin by fortifying and repairing the skin’s barrier function by replacing two physiological skin lipids, free fatty acids and cholesterol. It also allows a certain amount of water to pass through the skin thus maintaining the proper balance. This cream is ideal for chronic skin conditions such as eczema and should be applied three to four times daily.1,8

The special formulation of SBR Repair means that it is involved in all three phases of rehydrating and restoring the skin barrier and works to accelerate the barrier recovery through its activity at stage three. This is possible due to the presence of special particles that carry skin-identical barrier lipids deeper into the skin making the barrier repair properties last longer. The cream should be applied once in the evenings or more often if required.2,8


Reference list:

  1. SBR-Lipocream™ package leaflet. July 2006
  2. SBR® Repair package leaflet. February 2006
  3. Mayo Clinic. ‘Dry skin’. [online] 2016 October. [cited 2017 May]; Available from URL: //
  4. Preidt R. ‘Eczema’s Effects More Than Skin Deep’. WebMD [online] July 2016 [cited 2017 July]; Available from URL: //
  5. Alizadehfar R. ‘Skin Barrier Repair in the Management of Atopic Dermatitis’. [online] 2015 December. [cited 2017 May]; Available from URL: //
  6. Man MQ, Feingold KR, Thornfeldt CR, et al. ‘Optimization of Physiological Lipid Mixtures for Barrier Repair’. Invest. Dermatol. 1996;106(5):1096-101.
  7. National Eczema Society. ‘Emollients’. Fact Sheet [online] 2016 January. [cited 2017 May]; Available from URL: //
  8. SBR® Patient Information Leaflet. May 2015.

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