How do I Choose the Best Eczema Moisturizer?

Barbara Bean-Mellinger

When choosing an eczema moisturizer, it’s important that it contain mild, non-irritating ingredients that will not make the eczema worse. It’s a good idea to choose one that is also free of perfumes and dyes, as both are unnecessary for moisturizing and may cause further irritation. Many people with eczema also have allergies, so they should consider these allergies when choosing moisturizer. If an eczema sufferer knows she is allergic to certain flowers, for example, or a particular scent tends to make her sneeze, she should check the ingredients to be sure these irritants are not in the moisturizer. Ingredients that are included in the largest concentrations are listed first, so they should be given the most scrutiny.

Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.
Eczema is a condition where skin may be itchy, red, dry, and cracked.

Common ingredients in moisturizers that are known to irritate sensitive skin are alcohol, essences of citrus fruits, flowers, and spices. Although alcohol is a common ingredient in over-the-counter lotions, it tends to have a drying property and so is not ideal for an eczema moisturizer. Fruits, especially acidic citrus fruits, can cause a rash when placed on or rubbed on sensitive skin. The same is true of the oil from flowers and spices. A good rule of thumb is, if a substance would irritate the skin when placed directly on it, one should not choose it in an eczema moisturizer.

Mild moisturizers with no perfumes or dyes are best for eczema.
Mild moisturizers with no perfumes or dyes are best for eczema.

Good ingredients for an eczema moisturizer are milder and less fragrant. Whether the lubricating substance is an oil or cream, a mild one such as mineral oil is preferable to a fragrant, organic type such as coconut cream. An ample amount of water is good for hydrating the skin without fragrance or additives. Generally, the simpler the list of ingredients is, the better the chances are that the eczema moisturizer will help clear the rash, rather than make it worse.

Some individuals' allergies can be triggered by fragrances and allergens in moisturizers, leading to symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose.
Some individuals' allergies can be triggered by fragrances and allergens in moisturizers, leading to symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose.

This may seem to result in a bland eczema moisturizer in comparison to the pleasant smells and exotic mixtures that are more attractive to many people. These ingredients are added to moisturizers because shoppers like the fragrance, as well as the thought of using organic or seemingly natural substances like fruits, rather than because of better moisturizing effects. When looking for an eczema moisturizer, it’s wise to consider the moisturizing properties of the ingredients against the possibility of irritation.

Good ingredients for an eczema moisturizer are mild and non-fragrant.
Good ingredients for an eczema moisturizer are mild and non-fragrant.
Those with eczema should use moisturizers with mild, non-irritating ingredients that will not make the eczema worse.
Those with eczema should use moisturizers with mild, non-irritating ingredients that will not make the eczema worse.

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Discussion Comments

Talentryto

@ocelot60- Lotions that are formulated for babies are good options, because they do not have harmful ingredients. Since they are meant to be used on young, delicate skin, these lotions are good moisturizers for any type of sensitive skin or skin problems like eczema.

Heavanet

@ocelot60- Pure virgin olive oil works wonders as a moisturizer for people with eczema. It is all natural, not too greasy, and is only one ingredient, so chances of having a negative reaction to olive oil is very unlikely.

Ocelot60

Does anyone have experience using a natural, homeopathic product to treat eczema? It seems like most moisturizers have some ingredient that may irritate the skin. What are some better options?

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