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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.

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