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For those who suffer from eczema, choosing skincare products can be tricky. The industry is overwhelming, with brands and influencers sharing their skincare routines, and thousands of new products to choose from every week.
To help find a suitable product, the National Eczema Association (NEA) has created the NEA Seal of Acceptance™. This seal helps you to recognise products that are suitable for eczema or sensitive skin.
We’ve put together a handy shortlist with some of our favourites (based on their extensive directory of products) highlighting the most popular skincare products for eczema. We’ve split products out into the different steps in a skincare routine – cleanse, moisturise, apply SPF etc. – to make it easy to find what you need.
Cleansing is a vital step in your skincare regime, so you need to be sure that you pick something that soothes and not irritates. These are some of the most popular cleansers for eczema:
Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser contains cotton extract, aloe, and rice, which helps to soften, soothe and moisturise the skin. It is soap- and fragrance-free, and is clinically shown to improve the skin’s barrier. Cleanse the day off your skin safe in the knowledge that you’re helping, not hindering.
Enjoy a skin-nourishing formula that helps hydrate and protect skin while it cleans. The Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is so gentle that it’s safe on even the most sensitive skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Developed by dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, cleanses, hydrates, and helps restore the protective skin barrier. It contails three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) plus hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that’s used in many products because of its ability to help retain skin’s natural moisture.
Moisture is key, and moisturisers are one of the most popular skincare products for eczema. Considering that your face is even more delicate then the rest of your body, you want to be sure you’re choosing the best. Here are a few options that the NEA have recommended:
The Vichy Mineral 89 Moisturiser has just 11 ingredients! The minimalist formula is safe and effective for all skin types, proved by the fact that it has been clinically tested by 175 dermatologists on 1,600 women worldwide.
The Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturising Cream is part of the same range as the Burt’s Bees cleanser that we mentioned above. It contains the same soothing ingredients, is 98.9% natural, and is scientifically shown to provide all-day hydration without causing redness or irritation.
Tatcha provides an indulgent cream on the luxury end of the spectrum – the Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream. It contains colloidal oatmeal and sophora Japonica extracts, which are prized in Eastern medicine for their anti-inflammatory benefits. These ingredients help reduce the appearance of inflammation and relieve itchy, sore, sensitive skin.
Sun protection is probably the most important part of any skincare routine. SPF protects your skin from the damaging UVA and UBV from the sun so is a must for all skin types, but those with eczema will want to make sure that there’s nothing irritating in there for sensitive skin:
The CeraVe SPF 50 Sunscreen contains invisible zinc, which delivers a dry, clear finish for powerful protection from the sun’s damaging rays. It is also lightweight and oil-free, developed with dermatologists.
Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen by Neutrogena is a mineral sunscreen that features Purescreen® technology, and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50. This gentle formula delivers superior broad spectrum protection against UVB and UVA rays and, what’s more, it dries down quickly without a sticky residue – perfect if you hate the feeling of heavy creams on your face.
The Banana Boat Sensitive Mineral Lotion in SPF 50 is oil and fragrance free. It’s also water resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it ideal for family holidays. The lightweight, non-greasy feel means that it can be used every day, making it one of the most popular skincare products for eczema.
You don’t want to have to reapply lotion ten times a day, so finding a lotion that works for you and that keeps your skin hydrated all day is key. With that in mind, here are three lotions or creams that we’ve found do the trick:
The Vaseline Intensive Care Jelly Cream is formulated with vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin cells. It is also fragrance free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic – so it won’t clog your pores.
CeraVe Moisturising Lotion increases the skin’s ability to attract, hold and distribute moisture, and it also forms a protective layer over the skin’s surface to help prevent moisture loss throughout the day. The MVE technology provides daily instant and long-lasting hydration, while hyaluronic acid locks in skin’s moisture.
Formulated to relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin, Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturising Cream is great for eczema. It is enriched with Active Naturals colloidal oatmeal, ceramides, and essential lipids naturally found within skin, which then enhances and restore the skin’s protective function.
Your hands are exposed to various irritants multiple times a day, and can become especially dry if you’re using hand sanitiser. Here are some creams to keep hardworking hands happy:
The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream provides relief for dry, chapped hands. This highly concentrated formula quickly heals dry hands, which noticeably improves the look and feel of your skin.
The CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream is made with dry, rough and irritated hands in mind. The formula helps repair, restore and protect hands so they look and feel soft and healthy again. The non-greasy cream improves your skin’s natural skin barrier. It’s formulated with ceramides, niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) and hyaluronic acid.
Restore the skin’s barrier with the multi-award winning Skinfix Eczema+ Hand Repair Cream. It has two active pharmaceutical ingredients – 1% colloidal oatmeal and 5% sweet almond – which are clinically proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands.
Finding that amazing product that helps soothe your skin is great. It’s also worth taking a closer look at what you put on your whole body on a daily basis – your water. Hard water can have a negative on sensitive skin, and trigger conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Visit out our skin care hub to find out more about how water impacts your skin.
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