For eczema sufferers, finding a moisturiser that properly does its job without aggravating or stinging skin is like hitting the jackpot. Severe cases usually require dermatological treatment like steroid creams, but milder cases can be controlled with OTC products.
Here are three eczema creams that moisturise gently and effectively so you get some relief! 1 Curel Moisture Face Care Range (from $19.80, leading pharmacies) Dr Mark Tang, a consultant dermatologist at The Skin Specialists & Laser Clinic, Mount Alvernia Medical Centre, says that a key ingredient to look for in eczema-relief products is ceramides. “The lack of ceramides in the skin leads to a damaged skin barrier, which makes it more susceptible to external irritants and allergens. This results in red, dry and itchy skin. This inflammation can further decrease the ceramides in the skin, leading to a vicious cycle of skin barrier disruption, hypersensitivity and inflammation.”
You’ll be happy to know that the entire Curel Moisture Face Care Range is formulated with ceramides to strengthen skin’s barrier function. The products are also infused with eucalyptus extract to boost skin’s ability to produce ceramides. 2 Suu Balm ($19.90 for 75ml and $49.90 for 350ml, leading pharmacies) Formulated by Dr Tey Hong Liang from the National Skin Centre, this is a favourite among fellow eczema sufferers as it contains menthol to combat itchiness, and ceramides to hydrate and repair skin. The nonsticky cream applies on smoothly and gives a cooling effect to skin. Hooray – no more scratching! 3 La Roche-Posay Lipikar Gelfluide ($29.90 for 400ml, leading pharmacies) La Roche-Posay’s signature thermal spring water is the main ingredient in this body moisturiser. It is naturally rich in selenium and has soothing antioxidant properties. Upon application, the gel also forms a film on skin to seal in moisture and block out external irritants.