What is the Best Eczema Cream?
People who suffer from eczema know how important it is to find a soothing eczema cream. There are many body creams on the market for eczema but many of these eczema creams do not have the proper ratio of lipids to repair the skin barrier. We will discuss the best eczema creams to soothe itchy dry skin.
Eczema Skin Care
The eczema cleanser and eczema moisturizer you choose to use on your skin can have a profound effect on your eczema. It is essential to use the best eczema cream and gentle cleanser to soothe, hydrate and calm the inflammation caused by eczema. Look for anti inflammatory ingredients that soothe and calm skin like argan oil.
If you have mild eczema, you can try our suggestions below for an eczema skincare routine, to see whether you can control eczema naturally. If you do not improve within 3-4 weeks, see your dermatologist. It’s important to discuss eczema skin care options with your dermatologist, but here’s the advice we give to our patients.
Which Eczema Cream Should I Use?
There are three types of eczema cream: eczema creams that soothe and hydrate the skin; over-the-counter, medicated eczema creams; or prescription-only eczema creams. The type of eczema cream that will be best for you depends on the severity of your symptoms.
Eczema Creams That Soothe and Hydrate Skin
The best eczema creams contain lipids (fats) and oils to hydrate skin. These hydrating creams soothe skin and decrease itching. Look out for eczema creams that contain oils like argan oil, ceramides, stearic acid (a hydrating fatty acid), and cholesterol.
Eczema skin care products that contain MLE Technology are highly effective at treating eczema symptoms. MLE Technology uses a multilamellar emulsion that contains layers of lipids that mimic your skin’s natural skin barrier. It was originally invented as an eczema cream and is also found in creams for psoriasis. MLE Technology uses a sophisticated blend of soothing and hydrating lipids called Myristoyl/palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide MEA.
The Zerafite skin care brand uses MLE Technology in a cleanser, two different face creams, an eye cream, and body cream that are all safe to use in eczema.
Eczema Creams For the Face
Zerafite Barrier Repair Moisturizer is the best eczema face cream if you have dry skin, itching and scaling but no inflammation. This hydrating skin barrier cream replenishes lost lipids and soothes and nourishes the skin- leaving it moist and hydrated. This eczema cream is a gentle cream that contains soothing niacinamide in addition to the hydrating barrier repair MLE Technology. Niacinamide works in conjunction with MLE Technology to strengthen the skin barrier by increasing ceramide and fatty acid levels in the skin, as well as retaining moisture.
If your skin has inflammation from eczema with patches and plaques that are pink or red, then you have skin inflammation. The best eczema face cream to calm inflammation is Zerafite Soothing and Calming Moisturizer. This soothing barrier cream is perfect for eczema because it has grape seed oil, glycerin, that also hydrate skin. This eczema cream also contains soothing argan oil and niacinamide help to reduce inflammation and calm skin. Argan oil in particular is a key anti-inflammatory ingredient, which makes Zerafite Soothing and Calming Moisturizer an ideal calming cream for use on the face.
Another eczema cream for the face uses a technology called Physiology Lipid or PSL Technology. This is a light cream that soothes and heals irritated skin. Medature PSL Repair Moisturizer can be used twice a day.
If you have allergic skin to many skin care ingredients, the best eczema cream for hypersensitive skin is VMV Hypoallergenics Red Better Daily Calming Moisturizer. This hypoallergenic face cream was developed by a dermatologist who specializes in skin allergies. It does not have the 100+ most common ingredients that cause skin allergy so it is safe for allergic skin.
Eye Creams for Eczema
A common complaint among eczema sufferers is inflammation and sensitivity on the eyelids, so finding a suitable eye cream can be a challenge. Zerafite Hydrating and Protecting Eye Serum is the best eye cream for eczema because this eye cream protects the delicate eye area from steroids and other eczema medications that are used on the face at night.
Eczema medications for the face can rub-off onto the pillowcase and irritate the thin skin around the eyes. However, using a safe eye cream for your eczema at night can help protect the delicate eye area and calm any discomfort.
Eczema Creams for the Body
For eczema on the body, I recommend Zerafite Ultra Rich Body Cream, a fragrance-free body lotion that will not stain clothing. This safe body lotion also contains the anti-inflammatory argan oil, as well as stearic acid, an emollient that supports the skin barrier and prevents moisture loss. While this skin barrier cream is rich, it does not feel greasy on the skin. Apply over damp skin for best results.
Over-the-Counter, Medicated Eczema Creams
If your eczema is moderately bad, and the soothing and calming daily eczema creams above do not help, then you may wish to try some over-the-counter solutions.
Hydrocortisone is the most common medicated eczema cream or ointment that you can purchase over-the-counter for mild-to-moderate eczema symptoms. Hydrocortisone is a steroid-based eczema treatment that reduces the inflammation that eczema can cause.
However, since hydrocortisone is relatively mild and available over-the-counter, it is not suitable to treat more severe forms of eczema, and should also not be used on the face without first consulting your dermatologist as it can thin the skin.
Prescription Eczema Creams
Prescription eczema creams contain steroids at a stronger concentration than hydrocortisone, and can help eczema a lot.
However, prescription steroids for eczema can also have side-effects if they are used too long on the body, such as thinning of the skin and stretch marks. If used on the face, prescription steroids can also cause rosacea and acne, which is why you should always consult with a dermatologist before starting any medicated eczema creams.
Alternative, non-steroidal eczema treatments are available. The most commonly prescribed eczema creams come as either topical calcineurin inhibitors (TCIs) or topical PDE4 inhibitors.
There are two types of TCI eczema creams, called tacrolimus ointment (e.g. Protopic® or generic options) and pimecrolimus cream (Elidel® and other generic options). TCIs are non-steroidal immunomodulators which help to calm the skin’s immune reaction that contributes to the skin inflammation seen in eczema. TCI eczema creams are very effective at settling flares of eczema and controlling inflammation.
Topical PDE4 inhibitors, such as Crisaborole (Eucrisa®) block the pathways in the immune system that cause the inflammation seen in eczema. Crisaborole is the only FDA-approved PDE4 inhibitor for eczema and comes in the form of an ointment. It is very effective at easing the itch caused by eczema, as well as reducing the risk of infection that can commonly occur when the skin barrier is impaired.
Should I Use an Eczema Cream, an Eczema Lotion, Ezcema Oil or an Eczema Ointment?
While an eczema lotion might seem like a sensible choice to calm and hydrate your skin, most of the time eczema lotions just aren’t hydrating enough. We recommend an eczema oil, eczema cream or an eczema ointment- - Choose whichever one you will use- because if you do not like the feeling and you do not use it- it will not work.
Eczema creams and eczema ointments are far better options to treat eczema. Look out for ingredients like argan oil in your eczema cream, which work to hydrate the skin and soothe inflammation.
Eczema oils are a great alternative to treat eczema especially if you want an organic or natural eczema treatment. If you do not mind the greasy feeling of oil- you can apply a soothing oil to your eczema like PAORR 100% moroccan argan oil. You also can choose to first use an oil for eczema and then follow with an eczema cream. Applying the oil first on damp skin and then covering with the eczema cream the best way to moisturize the dry skin caused by eczema.
Eczema ointments are greasy, but medicated ingredients penetrate the skin better as an ointment, so prescription eczema treatments often come in ointment form.
Why Do I Need an Eczema Moisturizer?
An eczema moisturizer will repair your skin barrier. You need to use one that has either 1;1;1 ratio of lipids or MLE technology or PSL Repair technology. These mimik you skin’s natural moisture barrier and help skin hold onto water. Read more about the best skin care routine for eczema here.
Mild-to-moderate eczema can be effectively controlled using over-the-counter, medicated creams, in addition to specially-formulated eczema cream, oils and ointments to soothe and hydrate the skin. An eczema moisturizer can help to seal the medicated ingredients on the skin to ensure they are better able to penetrate the skin and get to work.
More severe forms of eczema may require prescription treatments. Whatever the severity of your eczema, schedule an appointment with one of our skin care experts who can recommend the best treatment and skin care routine for your skin type.