Various lifestyle changes have emerged due to the onset of COVID-19, some of which include the stark decline of outdoor sports, as well as a drop in visits to gyms as a result of social distancing. As such, the risk of contracting fungal infections will fall in tandem with the reduction of exposure to fungus and ringworms present in public gyms and showers.
Tighter regulatory surveillance by the HSA are likely to dampen already waning demand for nappy rash treatments. In 2019, the HSA warned the public against the purchase of four eczema creams found to contain undeclared potent ingredients, including steroids, antibiotics and antifungals.
Johnson & Johnson continues to lead dermatologicals in Singapore, benefiting from its offering of a wide portfolio of popular brands across the category, including Nizoral Shampoo, Daktarin in topical antifungals, Desitin in nappy (diaper) rash treatments, and Savlon in topical germicidals/antiseptics. The brands continue to benefit from consistent promotion and advertising, in addition to wide distribution through drugstores/parapharmacies and chemists/pharmacies.
In recent years, eczema has been the most common skin ailment treated at the National Skin Centre (NSC) in Singapore. According to research by the National University of Singapore (NUS), almost 21% of children and 11% of adults suffer from eczema.
The growing number of hair loss centres in recent years highlights increasing incidence of hair loss among Singaporeans. While leading hair loss treatments brands have adopted the strategy of offering twin packs to increase volume sales, new local entrants have entered the market with innovative product developments in order to compete.
One-in-three Singaporeans suffer from haemorrhoids, usually caused by spending a prolonged period of time in the toilet. Furthermore, consumption of spicy food – a norm in Singapore – also results in more frequent bowel movements, leading to the swelling of haemorrhoids.
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