Which creams are good for eczema?
Which creams are good for eczema?
You have already heard that applying creams and lotions can help relieve eczema symptoms, but how sophisticated are you with deciding what kind of creams to purchase? Ingredients matter, as does feel, absorption, ease-of-use, and price. Let’s talk about some of the key factors to consider when purchasing a cream for someone (or yourself) suffering from eczema.
Free of fragrances and chemicals
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin. That means you have to avoid anything that could trigger inflammation in the skin. Avoid fragrances. Use hypoallergenic products, and stay clear of harsh chemicals (lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde, dyes, and more). It’s not always easy to read the label. If you’re feeling dubious about a product in your cupboard, check how the skin responds within a few hours of application. A great cream for eczema-prone skin calms the skin right down, and keeps it feeling good. A poor match can feel good upon application, but not long afterwards, your skin is red and blotchy—perhaps even worse—than it was before you used it.
Skin with eczema tends to dry out. The best type of lotion for skin wracked by flare-ups, is one that feeds intense hydration back into the skin, and also protects it from moisture loss. That means humectants like glycerin, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid are great. Products should also soften the skin and keep it nourished, so emollients like shea butter, mango butter, jojoba oil, are great. Rapid absorption, premium oils like camellia oil really deliver nutrients deep into the skin. Colloidal oatmeal, and other ingredients like it, soothe inflammation to give your skin relief.
Everyone’s preferences are different, but in general, medium-texture creams and lotions work best. They’re thick enough to penetrate and provide a little extra protection, while allowing the skin to breathe. Light creams may be better for hot summer weather, when you’re likely to sweat, but some water-based lotions may be so lightweight the results aren’t effective enough for the unique needs of eczema-prone skin. For extremely dry skin, rich, dense creams are the way to go; they’re ideal for application on hands that are hard at work gardening, building, cleaning or working in medical environments.
There are medicinal products that can be obtained via a prescription, but apart from those recommended by your doctor, natural ingredients are gentler. This is especially true if you are withdrawing from steroid-based creams. Natural ingredients, that are cold-pressed and processed at the highest quality, better retain essential fatty acids, vitamins, amino acids, and anti-microbial properties. These important Superfoods and Superfats support your skin’s ability to heal itself.
Our premium dry oil, used as a post-shower softener, a pre-moisturizer oil, and hair oil.
- Prickly Pear Oil: High concentrations of active vitamins E, K.
- Broccoli Seed Oil: Skin-soothing, full of Omega 3, 9 fatty acids.
- Olive Squalane: An excellent natural emollient that smoothes and enhances elasticity.
The all-purpose, head-to-toe salve that envelops skin bothered by flare-ups and relieves itching.
- Oat Oil: Calms itching and is rich in vitamin E, Omega-3, and Omega-6
- Kokum Butter: Forms a protective barrier on top of dry, cracked skin and is full of antioxidants.
- Calendula Herbal Oil: Shown to help wounds heal faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area.