Eczema is extremely common. In fact, roughly 30 million Americans have this skin condition (1). There is no cure, so skin care for eczema plays a crucial role in the management of this skin condition. Keep reading to learn what eczema is and the best eczema treatments.
Eczema is a general term that describes inflammation of the skin, so the symptoms can vary from person to person. It is extremely common in children, but can appear in adults as well. Eczema often appears in patches of dry, red, itchy, and cracked skin on your face or body.
There is no known cure for eczema, but there are ways to manage the condition. Children who experience eczema often grow out of it, as do some adults, but for some it may remain a lifelong concern.
For those with mild to moderate cases, over-the-counter skin care for eczema can be enough, while those with severe cases should speak with a dermatologist and receive a prescription (2).
Whether you're mild or severe, one of the most important factors in preventing a flare up is to moisturize to prevent dry skin. Dry skin can cause flare ups and exacerbate existing rashes, so it is critical to hydrate properly. It is also important to avoid bathing or showering in water that is too hot, as this can dry out the skin.
If your eczema rash is itchy and moisturizers alone aren't cutting it, opt for an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, or call your doctor for a prescription. Apply the anti-itch cream or prescription eczema ointment and then follow with your normal moisturizer.
Keep reading to see the best skin care for eczema.
Always opt for skin care that is artificial fragrance and dye free, because they'll be less likely to irritate (3).
For eczema on your body, Extremely Emollient can help keep the condition in check on its own, or used with a prescription steroid cream. This antioxidant-rich, emollient daily body moisturizer provides a 24-hour moisture barrier than builds up with regular use. Calming 100% pure essential oils give this moisturizer its pleasant all-natural fragrance.
It is important to use gentle cleansers that don't dry you out. Sensitive Skin Cleanser is an extra gentle cleanser that uses complexion calming oils to melt away makeup, pollutants and excess sebum without any irritating side effects. If you need even more hydration, opt for the rich and creamy Moisture Positive Cleanser instead.
This anti-aging serum can "help reduce inflammation, improve texture, build collagen and give that all over glow to the skin." –Carol Byrne, Bioelements educator and licensed esthetician
While it is designed for anti-aging, new studies suggest that topical probiotics can actually help soothe eczema, rosacea and acne (4). According to the American Academy of Dermatology, probiotics can help by creating a protective shield that prevents "bad" bacteria from triggering an immune reaction in your skin. Topical probiotics can also kill off the bad bacteria, since it has antimicrobial properties, and soothe already irritated skin.
Help prevent eczema on your face with this ultra-emollient creme moisturizer. It replenishes missing moisture when skin feels tight, uncomfortable or thirsty. Really Rich Moisture is packed with non-greasy, emollient oils that saturate skin, to correct dryness and improve flaking. Skin becomes smoother and less prone to irritation.
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