Beware of these sweetly scented temptations. Perfumed products are a known trigger for many people with eczema, leading to prickly, red itchy skin. And, be extra careful to read the small print because many manufactures often scent creams even if they don’t explicitly advertise on the label.
It’s best to get a cream that is specifically designed for eczema and dry skin, often known as emollients. These have been especially formulated to soothe itching, moisturise and protect with anti-irritating ingredients that are gentle on sensitive skin. You’ll find eczema treatment over the counter at all your local and national pharmacies.
It’s not just the cream itself that is important, but also the packaging. By choosing an airtight pump you can be sure it isn’t getting contaminated with bacteria from dirty hands. A pump also has the bonus of giving lots of control over how much you use.
The right ingredients
Moisturisers work by creating a barrier that traps the moisture in the skin, but some can actually draw water into the outer layer of the skin too. These are creams, such as Cetraben, which contain ingredients known as humectants, such as glycerine.
Go to a pharmacist
Pharmacists are trained in treating eczema prone skin and will be able to expertly advise you on the best treatment for your individual symptoms. For example, they may well suggest that in addition to a cream, you should switch to a cleansing cream and a heavier moisturising ointment at night.
You pharmacist will be able to explain how to treat eczema and dry skin conditions, and why applying emollients are the most important way you can protect your skin.