Cold and blustery temperatures, harsh products, low humidity, and prolonged exposure to water can all lead to dry, eczema-prone skin. Not only does flaky, itchy, and cracked skin stop us from looking our best, but it keeps us from feeling great too.
To fight back against eczema, keeping your skin’s moisture intact is essential. Moisturizers help protect the outermost layer of skin, known as the skin barrier or stratum corneum.
But not all moisturizers and products designed to treat eczema are created equally. Actually, many common products used on eczema-prone skin aren’t really that good at controlling the condition. In some cases, the wrong products can even make eczema flare-up or worsen.
If you’re prone to eczema but you’re not sure what’s right for your skin, we’re here to help. Here are the best types of products for eczema-prone skin. It’s time to hydrate your skin!
If you suffer from bad eczema cases, it may be best to speak to your doctor for prescribed medication.
Eczema meds are the best way to relieve your symptoms and help your skin heal when taken as directed. However, there are various treatments available, and they may not have the same effects for everyone. You and your doctor may have to try and test a few options to see what works best for you.
Plus, treatments may need to be swapped out occasionally when medications stop working as well as they once did. Eczema medications include corticosteroid creams, gels, foams, ointments, and solutions.
Treatments often feature hydrocortisone steroids to relieve uncomfortable itching and reduce inflammation effectively. OTC hydrocortisone is usually the first thing doctors recommend for treating mild eczema. Depending on the condition of your eczema and whereabouts it’s developed, you may require different strengths of steroids.
For example, if you’re suffering from peeling, scaly skin, your doctor may prescribe you a potent medication.
Another popular medication prescribed for eczema is NSAID ointment. This product is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory called crisaborole (Eucrisa), and it’s used to treat mild to moderate acne types.
The ointment effectively reduces painful, red inflammation and helps the skin return to its normal appearance.
Creams are excellent at locking in moisture, and the right formula can work well for reducing the symptoms of eczema. If you have a mild case of eczema that doesn’t warrant a visit to the doctor, then choosing a high-quality moisturizer that’s designed to help skin conditions such as eczema is a great idea.
As creams contain less oil than ointments, they’re also less greasy to the touch and can be more convenient to wear. After all, not many people want their skin to look shiny and slimy all day.
When choosing a moisturizer for eczema, be sure to read the labels carefully. Creams sometimes contain stabilizers or preservatives that can aggravate the skin.
Tuel’s Make Amends Healing Moisture Cream conditions and heals red and irritated skin. The formula is packed full of skin-loving ingredients like cajeput, tea tree, mushroom stem, and rice bran that soothes unhappy skin and stimulate healing.
Not only that, but the cream detoxifies pores and combats acne-causing bacteria, resulting in a calm and smooth complexion.
Another therapy you may have heard about for eczema-prone skin is the use of essential oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts taken from certain plants. Usually, essential oils are used in aromatherapy, but they also work well for topical use.
While there are various oils you can try for treating eczema, we love Tuel’s Moisture Nourishing Essential Oil Blend. The oil is created solely from antioxidant-rich plant extracts of an enriching blend of rosemary, geranium, and bergamot mint. The combination of flavors delivers an intense dose of vitamins and nutrients that encourage hydration and improve skin circulation.
The skin is replenished, softened, and improved, and the symptoms of eczema are visibly reduced.
Skin Barrier Creams
Ready for a science lesson? It’s time to learn about skin barrier creams and how they work.
Skin barrier creams are another option for treating eczema. They’re infused with lipids and ceramides, which are naturally occurring substances found in healthy skin barriers.
Lipids make up the building blocks of the skin barrier and the function of living cells. Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids found in our skin made up of an oily wax that develops a barrier in our skin's outer layer.
The lipids and ceramides in skin barrier moisturizers create a protective layer on the skin to retain moisture while fighting out impurities. This allows eczema-prone skin to heal and become more resistant to typical symptoms of the condition, like burning, itching, and dryness.
Remember, you must only apply skin barrier creams to areas affected by eczema, so try not to be sloppy!
Skin barrier creams are available both OTC and by prescription.
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