If red, dry and itchy patches of skin sounds familiar to you then chances are you have eczema. Of course, those symptoms can apply to a whole range of skin conditions, but eczema is the most common conclusion. If you’ve already been diagnosed with eczema then you most likely have been on the hunt for the best eczema cream your entire life. It’s an ongoing struggle that so many people know all too well.
By now, you’ve seemingly tried every lotion and over-the-counter treatment on the market to help soothe and reduce irritation, and you’re probably an expert in what moisturisers to avoid so as not to cause a flare up. Eczema is no one-size-fits-all skin condition; it’s different for everyone, which is what makes it so damn hard to find creams that genuinely work. It’s easy to throw money at brands that promise a solution – anything to reduce that irritation, right? – but it’s important to do the research. Our round-up of the best eczema creams should hopefully set you on the right path.
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What is eczema?
Atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked. Some people only have small patches of it on their skin, but others may experience widespread inflammation all over their body. It can affect any part of the body but, in the most common of cases, it tends to be found on the hands, insides of elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp.
What is the main cause of eczema? How do you treat eczema?
A combination of immune system activation, genetics, environmental triggers and stress is what causes eczema. If you have eczema, it’s likely that your immune system overreacts to small irritants and/or allergens and causes your skin to inflame. To treat eczema, the best practice is to keep your skin moisturised with thick formulas (such as emollients), apply bandages where cases are really bad, and take warm baths regularly to relieve irritation. Avoiding ingredients such as highly perfumed products or things with dye in them is recommended too.
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What creams are best for eczema?
In terms of what dermatologists recommend and what the reviews reveal, Diprobase comes out top for the best eczema cream. It’s an emollient-based moisturising and protective cream that relieves and soothes red, inflamed, dry and chapped skin. Sounds like an all-round winner.
Eucerin’s Body Creme is a steroid free formula that is clinically proven to reduce eczema flare ups. One Amazon review read: “I have been using it for 1.5 months and eczema is almost invisible. I had to wear cotton gloves before as my hand was red and itchy, now I can make it without.”
Elsewhere, La Roche Posay’s Lipikar Moisturising Body Balm AP+M has singing reviews. Dermatologically tested, the formula calms irritated and sensitive skin with its gentle and hydrating balm-like finish. Locking in hydration for up to 48 hours, it’s perfect for eczema-prone skin as it encourages the skin’s barrier to restore itself.
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