As the weather is getting cooler and dryer, the chances for eczema flares can get higher.
Many adults continue to suffer long-term from this potentially severe condition. Chances are, you might have had this as a kid and experienced the occasional seasonal flare-up. It can cause dry skin, rashes, blisters, scaly patches, and in extreme cases, overlying skin infections.
There's never a wrong time to learn more about this complex skin disease and remedies. Let's dive into what eczema is, some of my favorite products, and how to find them.
Eczema Prone Skin
Eczema affects 16 million adults and can come and go. It can look and feel different for everyone, depending on factors like cold weather, allergens or irritants, emotional stress, or exposure to harsh substances.
As a board-certified dermatologist, I understand how difficult it can be to find a suitable, fast-acting remedy. To get to the cause of the inflammation, it's best to take note of some recent changes you've made to your lifestyle -- new stressors, travel, diet, weather changes, etc.
Treatment depends on the severity. In conventional medicine, there is no “cure” for eczema but there are excellent over the counter and prescription topical products and oral or injection medications that can keep flares under control and improve the appearance and feel of your skin. Here are five primary methods to alleviate breakouts at home:
How To Find Eczema-Friendly Products
You can find the above products at your favorite local drugstore, pharmacy, or online store. However, when in doubt, three fail-proof tips can help you in your search.
Several of my favorites:
La Roche-Posay - Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturizing Body Cream - clinically shown to reduce dry, rough skin with 48-hour hydration.
La Roche-Posay - Lipikar Wash AP+ Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash - The foaming wash protects the skin from drying and leaves it clean, soft, and soothed.
Skinfix - Eczema+ Targeted Body Balm - treats eczema, dermatitis, and related irritation while repairing the skin barrier.
Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion - a daily fast-absorbing lotion suitable for sensitive skin-contains prebiotic oat and works to nourish dry skin.
Aveeno - Soothing Bath Treatment with 100% Natural Colloidal Oatmeal - relaxing, gentle, fragrance-free bath treatment. It relieves eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, rashes, sunburn, chicken pox, and hives.
CeraVe - Moisturizing Cream - includes hyaluronic acid. Delivers 24-hour hydration for dry skin and rehydrates with ceramides.
Aquaphor - Healing Ointment - an essential solution to treat eczema. Created specifically for dry, compromised skin and clinically proven to restore healthy skin.
Cetaphil - Moisturizing Cream - Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic moisturizing cream that alleviates skin dryness for 48 hours.
CeraVe - Healing Ointment - locks in hydration to temporarily protect and relieve chapped and dehydrated skin.
CeraVe - Eczema Relief Creamy Oil - has a lightweight formula with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) to help mend the skin.
CeraVe - Hydrating Facial Cleanser - removes dirt and makeup without stripping moisture. Ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid keep your skin healthy and safe for moderate to severe eczema.