By Michelle Rostamian
October is Eczema Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean the skin condition only makes an appearance this time of year. For many people (1 in 10, to be exact), eczema is a year-round issue that brings bouts of dryness, itchiness, and redness.
The condition is largely due to genetics, but there are certain things that can trigger a flare-up (like a weakened skin barrier, cold weather conditions, stress, and irritating soaps).
If you’re prone to eczema, chances are you’ve tested out every product under the sun in an attempt to catch some type of relief. While many formulas claim to help with eczema symptoms, many exacerbate the problem or do nothing at all.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up six eczema products that definitely deliver. Calmer, smoother skin awaits!
Whether you’re experiencing eczema-related itchiness on your legs, arms, or chest, Curel’s Itch Defense Calming Body Lotion is here to save the day.
It’s fragrance-free (meaning it won’t aggravate your already sensitive skin), and is instead formulated with an advanced ceramide complex to soothe irritation and promote cell turnover.
It’s also insanely hydrating and works great for all-over application (not just in areas where there’s eczema). The 20-ounce bottle will definitely last you a while, making the under-$10 price tag worth it.
Fed up with lathering on every cream, serum, and ointment only to be left with no results? This do-it-all kit from Skinfix does all the work for you — and at less than $40.
It comes complete with a non-greasy hand cream, sulfate-free body wash, targeted body balm, and dermatitis face balm, all of which are formulated to relieve dryness and irritation from head to toe.
We’re especially fans of the body balms in this kit — they’re perfect on days when your skin is cooperating but just needs a spot treatment on areas that are feeling itchy, rough, or uncomfortable.
Colloidal oatmeal has long been a revered ingredient for treating eczema — and for good reason.
Not only is it soothing and effective at combating dryness, but it helps strengthen your skin’s moisture barrier, making it more equipped to tackle eczema flare ups in the future.
This top-rated cream from La Roche-Posay combines 1% colloidal oatmeal with other skin-nourishing ingredients like shea butter, glycerin, and niacinamide to ensure skin stays moisturized, smooth, and radiant. It works on the face, body, and heads for all-over relief — plus, anyone three and older can use it, making it a great diaper bag must-have for parents.
Eczema-prone folks walk a slippery slope when it comes to finding the right body wash — you want something that’ll deeply cleanse your skin, but without stripping your natural oils in the process.
This non-foaming pick from Eucerin checks all the boxes, as it’s fragrance-, dye-, and soap-free, and uses colloidal oatmeal to calm itchiness and inflammation. It’s gentle enough to use daily, and can also be used on the face to wash off the day’s dirt, oil, and grime.
Dealing with eczema on your face? Tower 28’s SOS Intensive Rescue Serum has a lot going for it, but its use of hypochlorous acid is what makes it a heavy-hitter for eczema sufferers.
This acid is known for killing off bacteria that’s associated with eczema, making the skin condition less likely to return in the future. It’s also anti-inflammatory, meaning it reduces redness and itchiness while it staves off eczema-causing bacteria.
We love how much smoother this makes the skin look and feel (as well as how lightweight it feels on the skin, which is great for those who are prone to oil). For extra reassurance, it also has the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
Just when you thought eczema was reserved for your body, your scalp has different plans. Sound familiar? Turns out your scalp is an extension of your skin, so it’s no wonder eczema-related scalp issues can come out to play, especially when temperatures dip.
Cue this shampoo from Aveeno — you won’t find sulfates, dyes, or parabens in this formula, but what you will find is oat milk (to soothe dry, itchy scalps) as well as almond milk (to keep strands hydrated).
Unlike other shampoos that list water as their first ingredient, this one lists colloidal oatmeal instead (meaning it’s the most potent ingredient in the formula).