Understanding and Choosing the Best Cream for Eczema.

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition characterised by red, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin. For those who suffer from it, finding relief can be a constant battle. One of the most effective ways to manage eczema is through the use of specially formulated creams. In this blog, we’ll explore what eczema is, the types of creams available, and how to choose the best cream for your needs.

What is eczema?

Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, inflamed, and irritated. It can affect people of all ages but is particularly common in children. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to an overactive immune response to an irritant. Environmental factors, genetics, and stress can all exacerbate the symptoms.

Common symptoms of eczema include:

  • Red, inflamed skin
  • Intense itching
  • Dry, scaly patches
  • Blisters that may ooze or crust over
  • Thickened, leathery skin

The Role of Creams for Eczema Treatment

Moisturising is a critical part of eczema management. Keeping the skin hydrated helps to restore the skin barrier, prevent moisture loss, and protect against irritants. Eczema creams typically fall into three categories: moisturisers, medicated creams, and natural remedies.

Types of Eczema Creams

  • Moisturisers (Emollients)

Moisturisers are the cornerstone of eczema treatment. They help lock in moisture and create a barrier against external irritants. There are several types of moisturisers, including:

  1. Lotions are light and easily absorbed, suitable for mild eczema, and can be used during the day.
  2. Creams are thicker than lotions, offering more hydration. Ideal for moderate eczema and use at night.
  3. Ointments: greasy and heavy; best for severe eczema and very dry skin. They provide the most intense hydration.
  4. Medicated Creams

For more severe eczema, medicated creams may be necessary. These typically include:

  1.  Topical corticosteroids: reduce inflammation and itching. They come in various strengths, from mild (hydrocortisone) to potent (clobetasol). Long-term use can cause side effects, so they should be used under medical supervision.
  2.  Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors: non-steroidal creams (like tacrolimus and pimecrolimus) that reduce inflammation and immune response. Suitable for sensitive areas like the face and neck.
  3. Topical PDE4 Inhibitors: Newer treatments like crisaborole target specific pathways involved in inflammation.

Unfortunately, the prolonged use of these treatments is damaging to the skin and can thin it to dangerous levels. If steroid creams are needed, try to use them for as short a time as possible.

  1. Natural Remedies

Many people with eczema prefer natural or organic products to avoid the potential irritants found in synthetic creams. Popular natural ingredients include

 

Snail mucin repairs damaged cells and locks in moisture.

Colloidal Oatmeal: Soothes and moisturises irritated skin.

Shea Butter: Deeply hydrating, it helps restore the skin barrier.

Aloe Vera: Known for its soothing properties, it can reduce inflammation and itching.

Coconut oil provides a barrier to lock in moisture and has antibacterial properties.

 

How to Choose the Best Cream for Eczema

When selecting a cream for eczema, consider the following factors:

  1. Severity of Symptoms: For mild eczema, a good moisturiser may suffice. Moderate to severe cases might need additional help.
  2. Skin Type: Creams are best for very dry skin, as approximately 60% of the product applied will be absorbed.
  3. Ingredients: Look for creams with ingredients that suit your skin. Avoid products with fragrances, dyes, and alcohol, as they can exacerbate symptoms.
  4. Allergies: If you have allergies, choose hypoallergenic products.
  5. Area of Application: Delicate areas like the face may need milder, non-steroidal creams, while thicker skin on the hands or feet may benefit from stronger formulations.
  6. Consult a Dermatologist: For persistent or severe eczema, it’s best to consult a dermatologist who can recommend the most appropriate treatment.

 

Conclusion

Managing eczema involves a combination of good skincare practices and the right cream to keep symptoms under control. Whether you opt for a rich moisturiser, a potent medicated cream, or a natural remedy, the key is consistency and understanding your skin’s unique needs. Always patch-test new products and consult a healthcare professional if you have any concerns. With the right approach, you can effectively manage eczema and enjoy healthier, more comfortable skin with the right cream for you.

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