Our skin needs moisturizers to protect the outermost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum or skin barrier. When our skin barrier is damaged it becomes harder to retain water, leading to dry, itchy skin.
People with eczema needs special care when choosing the right moisturizer because there are many ingredients which can cause eczema to flare or get worse.
At the end of the day is a trial and error, until you find the right product that works for you.
Keep in mind!
The very first thing to keep in mind when you experience an abnormal rash, check with your dermatologist. There are so many reasons and allergens to cause the irritation, and you do not want just to guess over the internet.
Once you got tested and you know what are the allergens that may trigger your eczema, you can start looking for a natural moisturizer to apply AFTER the topical medication prescribed by your physician.
Which Moisturizer is Better?
According to National Eczema Organisation, after a bath or shower is better to apply a moisturizer, to “lock in” moisture and protect the skin barrier.
What is best (in this order):
- Salves (ointments) – first choice for eczema treatment. They have the highest oil content, combined with the natural beeswax will help sealing in moisture.
- Creams – they also contain water in the formula. Because they contain less oils will also feel less greasy on the skin. Be sure to read labels carefully – creams often contains ingredients that can irritate your skin.
- Lotions – only if you really do not like the greasy feeling of the salve, take into consideration to use a lotion. But be aware that they contain the least amount of oil and they are primarily made of water.
If your skin stings or burns after you apply a lotion, switching to an ointment may help.
Tips on choosing a moisturizer!
Finding a moisturizer that works can be a challenge. What works for one person may not work for another.
As general rules:
- Watch for water in creams and lotions. If you see water (or hydrosols, floral waters, aloe vera juice) listed in the list of ingredients on the fist 3 places, then it is not suitable for eczema.
- Go beyond the advertising promises and read the labels andor ask for the full list of the ingredients.
- Spot your personal allergens in the list of ingredients.
- Spot any harsh chemicals in your product (when you do not know a name, just google it)
Lean more about possible allergens in our post Eczema and Allergens.