A cure for eczema could be in the pipeline after researchers have figured out what may be responsible for causing it.
For years, scientists have been unsure as to what actually triggers the common skin condition that plagues millions.
Those affected have instead been given creams aimed at relieving their red, cracked and itchy skin symptoms.
But new research from Newcastle University offers hope of an eventual treatment targeting the root cause – not just the symptoms.
They discovered that sufferers are missing a vital protein called filaggrin in their skin.
This then drives the development of the debilitating condition, which affects around one in ten adults in the UK.