As a person who has suffered for eczema their entire life, I know it can be hugely difficult to find a moisturiser that doesn’t burn or irritate your body and face. The trick is to keep it simple. Fewer ingredients means less opportunity to cause irritation. Eczema breaks down the skin’s natural barrier, making it more susceptible to allergens, and therefore needs to be continuously hydrated to help protect the skin.
Studies have shown that creams and ointments are the best for this as they contain more oil. It is always best to moisturise after washing, as this locks in the moisture for the rest of the day, although if your skin feels dry, itchy or irritated, moisturise as much as you feel necessary.
Here’s the disclaimer: It is important to find the product for you, but be careful to test all creams and ointments on a small patch of skin, on both your body and face, as we have found there to be creams that work fine for our body, but irritate the face. Everyone’s skin is different. If you go in-store for your products, most shop assistants will allow you to test the product on your skin before buying.
Please consult your doctor before applying any of the below products to severely cracked, broken, or infected skin. If you suffer from any side effects, stop using the product immediately. If using alongside a steroid treatment, use the former first and then apply your chosen moisturiser.
Wish all this in mind, I’ve been on the hunt for moisturisers designed for eczema-prone skin that actually work, and with the help of additional testers – have rounded up the best of the bunch.