The much-needed relief you require.
by Christina Fontaine Sep 7, 2020
If, like me, you battle with atopic dermatitis, you know finding a product—or in my case, several—that relieves and doesn’t heighten symptoms, like itching and redness, is a freaking struggle. Not to mention the drop in humidity during fall that makes my eczema-prone skin more susceptible to dryness, and ultimately, flare-ups. (Remind me to thank Mother Nature for why my skin sucks so much more in cooler weather.)
Thankfully, after a few years and a lot of trial and error, I’ve finally found some winners—eight to be exact. Peep these product saviors to help your tortured skin. You’re welcome.
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1. Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion, $9.54
Keep even the toughest dry patches at bay with this lightweight dermatologist-recommended lotion. It’s fragrance-, dye-, and paraben-free to give sensitive skin the TLC it deserves!
Tip: Pair with sunscreen when heading outdoors. Ingredient alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $24.89
This clinically proven, fragrance-free formula is a personal favorite, ideal for the most sensitive skin sufferers. Sweet almond oil combats flakiness and strengthens skin cells to keep you feeling smooth and replenished.
Tip: Use before bed to keep skin hydrated throughout the night.
3. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm, $15.58
With eczema, a simple scratch can quickly become an irritated rash. This hypoallergenic formula is infused with colloidal oatmeal to immediately soothe itchy skin and prevent the recurrence of dry patches.
Tip: Use at the start of an eczema flare-up or as a daily skin treatment.
4. Eczema Honey Original Natural Healing Cream, $29.95
Created by eczema sufferers who know firsthand how difficult it can be to find a product that works, this 100 percent organic formula includes all-natural ingredients to hydrate and cool skin, as well as fight bacteria brought on by flare-ups—tackling not just one, but three major issues that result from eczema. Use as a 20-minute face and body mask or throughout the day as a touch-up itch relief cream.
Tip: After opening, store in the refrigerator to keep fresh!
Rated 9.5 out of 10 for being one of the most effective eczema products on the market, this dermatologist-recommended cream relies on a blend of chamomile, grapefruit seed, cucumber fruit, and coneflower to defend against common allergens, viruses and bacteria, making it ideal for allergy seasons.
Tip: Use during intense flare-ups for immediate relief.
6. SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $14.99
Saturated fatty acid lauric acid fights bacteria, while Omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid soothes inflammation and lightly moisturizes dry skin, for a full-body hydration with just one ingredient.
Tip: Use daily as a full-body moisturizer or at the start of an eczema flare-up.
7. Vanicream Eczema Sunscreen, $15.09
Heading outdoors? This SPF 35 is ideal for sensitive skin sufferers who want to catch the last beach waves of the season and protect their skin in the process. This non-greasy, oil-free formula is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances that can contribute to irritation, and it’s non-comedogenic, so there’s no need to worry about acne outbreaks!
Tip: Apply before prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 80 minutes for best results.
8. CeraVe Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream, $8.49
This National Eczema Association-accepted, maximum strength over-the-counter medicated ointment uses 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to calm itching and inflammation associated with eczema, as well as three essential ceramides to help restore skin’s protective barrier.
Tip: Use when skin is extremely itchy and irritated.