According to Mayo Clinic, Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become red, itchy and inflamed. There are several types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and stasis dermatitis.
Eczema is very common and some of the most commonly affected places are on the backs of knees, the neck, and the inner elbows. The good news? It’s manageable. In fact, over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.
Unfortunately, certain products and ingredients can cause further inflammation if you have eczema. The first thing to look out for is anything with fragrance since it’s a known irritator. “Artificial dyes can also cause an adverse reaction,” adds dermatologist Evan Rieder, M.D. “The most common offenders are Yellow 5 and Red 40.” You should also avoid formulas with harsh ingredients or exfoliating properties like alpha or beta hydroxyl acid—your dry, sensitive skin doesn’t need any more exfoliation.
If you’re looking for some over the counter medications for relief, check out these five lotions that are derm-approved for eczema treatment
DOVE Dermaseries Eczema Relief Soothing Body Lotion: $11
The hypoallergenic-, steroid, and fragrance-free formula is perfect for daily use and is clinically proven to reduce the intensity and frequency of itchy episodes.
AVEENO Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm: $20
Colloidal oatmeal helps coat and protect the skin to allow the skin to repair itself,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D. “The rich consistency is great for people with extra dry skin and is great during the winter.”
“One of the best topicals for eczema is Vaseline (or petroleum) ointment,” says dermatologist Evan Rieder, M.D. The only hitch with this otherwise very effective treatment is its greasy consistency. One pro tip to applying vaseline without feeling sticky is apply vaseline to your hands and feet and and cover with a light muslin cloth or socks. The occlusive barrier allows the skin to recover through the night and alleviates concerns about getting work clothing messy during the days.
KIEHL’S Créme De Corps: $11
This is a hydrating moisturizing cream without a greasy feel or a significant fragrance component. It’s great for dry skin generally but also for people with eczema. It also comes in a variety of vehicles—creams, oils, lotions, and body butter—allowing people to customize the product to their skin type.
NEUTROGENA Ultra Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula: $9
Though this isn’t technically a lotion, but your daily cleanser and lotion pretty much go hand in hand in protecting your skin. “Proper cleansing is so important if you have eczema. Using the wrong product can strip the skin of natural oils and cause more harm than good,” says derm Zeichner. He says this gentle cleanser gets the grime off without penetrating into your skin, preventing unnecessary inflammation.
Source: Women’s Health Magazine