Best Skin Products for My Eczema
Top Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin
Which is the best moisturizer, and which one works best for you? I have sensitive skin, and it gets dry very easily due to my eczema. As an eczema sufferer, I have tried many creams, ointments, and lotions, most of the time without success. However, there are products that work for my dermatitis, and I am going to tell you which ones.
CeraVe vs. Cetaphil: Which Is Better for Eczema?
The most common comparison, when it comes to emollient creams, is between CeraVe and Cetaphil.
Cetaphil is a good product, offering a decent price per ounce, and great results for treating mild eczema and preventing reoccurring dermatitis for those with a sensitive skin. CeraVe, on the other hand, can do wonders for even more serious eczema cases. It is my favorite moisturizer.
CeraVe is a more luxurious product, and it won't feel greasy on your skin. Don't get fooled by the myth that only the thick, greasy creams work for eczema. The ceramides in the CeraVe cream help restore the skin's natural moisture-retaining ability.
CeraVe's cream is so thin, that we can consider it almost a lotion, but it works like a cream.
CeraVe vs Cetaphil Lotions
The CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion has a thin consistency, and it is absorbed very easily into the skin. There is no oily feel on your skin after applying, it is the best daily moisturizer.
The Cetaphil Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion is an effective and very affordable solution for dry skin, but the problem is that it leaves your skin oily. If you are okay with that, this isn't a bad product, but CeraVe works better.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
CeraVe is the most luxurious moisturizing cream cream. It is my number-one favorite, and I use it all the time. I even give my son a massage with it after his baths, too. This cream has a few ingredients that help dry skin: the ceramides, the hyaluronic acid, and the petrolatum.
Ceramides are waxy fats in the skin's composition, with a protective role. (Ceramides and skin function).
Hyaluronic Acid is an important component of the tissue, with a major role in maintaining a healthy skin. It is responsible for retaining the moisture in the skin, thus maintaining elasticity and integrity.
Petrolatum is a very efficient, inexpensive way to artificially seal the moisture in the skin, by applying a protective layer that replaces the insufficient human sebum.
Lotions vs. Creams vs. Ointments: Which Is Best?
The three main forms of moisturizers are lotions, creams, and ointments. All of them contain about the same ingredients, but in different proportions. The ointments are the thickest ones, containing the least water. The lotions are the runniest, and they are absorbed into the skin the fastest.
So what's the best moisturizer? Is it the ointment because you get the active ingredients in a more concentrated form? Actually, no, because they penetrate the skin with difficulty, and they will form a thick layer over your dermis. They will stick on your clothes and everything your skin comes in contact with, and they are dirt collectors.
So then, the lotion is better? I would have to say no, as well, because lotions need to be applied too many times, and we usually don't have enough time to apply lotion a few times throughout the day. Lotions feel great for the moment, but they disappear very fast, leaving your skin exposed.
The best emollient is the cream. It has the best balance between absorption into the skin and lasting action. A good cream for eczema, or dry skin, will not disappear within minutes after application. It will actually last for hours before you need another application.
Take all of these pronouncements with a grain of salt, because in special cases the other forms could work better.
Top 6 Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin
CeraVe. The central ingredient of the CeraVe is the ceramides, which are the lipid part of the cell's membrane, and they have an essential role in the cell's health. Another ingredient in the Cerave's creams and lotions is the hyaluronic acid which promotes cells' regeneration. If you have never tried this brand, you should know that their cream is not as thick that many other creams.
Eucerin. The main ingredients of the regular Eucerin moisturizers are petrolatum, ceresin, and water. Nothing fancy, but the proportions of the ingredients and the manufacturing process make it a great product, a favorite of the consumers. Other more advanced Eucerin products contain Licochalcone, which helps against skin's inflammation and Omega-6 fatty acids which replenish the skin for a healthy balance. Other Eucerin products contain oatmeal, for calming the skin. Ceresin is a replacement for beeswax in cosmetics, and it has similar properties. I personally prefer beeswax, but ceresin is a very close second.
Vanicream. Vanicream does not contain any special ingredients; however this is a good cream, with a decent price. For just dry skin, without any complication such as redness or itching, this is a good prevention option.
TriDerma. TriDerma Eczema Fast Healing Cream is the best cream for healing eczema, not only soothing the itching, calming the skin, and reducing the redness, but actually healing the skin. This obviously has a price, and that translates in prices per ounce twice as much as any of the other. TriDerma contains as healing ingredients a mix of many natural oils, and plant extracts, known for their skin healing properties and vitamins. Some of these ingredients are: kukui nut oil, aloe vera extract, arnica extract, shea butter, pro vitamin b5, vitamin A, sodium hyaluronate, for the whole list, check below.
Cetaphil. Cetaphil is one of the favorites of eczema sufferers. Its ingredient list does not stand out from the crowd, the only ingredient uncommon being the sweet almond oil, which is known as a good oil for skin. Like Vanicream, Cetaphil is not very expensive, and people find a great help for dry skin.
Aquaphor. Aquaphor is another popular treatment for diaper rash and dermatitis. It is a good moisturizer and nicely priced. Even though the ingredients list doesn't impress with any active ingredients, and it is very similar to common emollients such as Vaseline, it works better than those. The only cons about this product are the lanolin, which in rare cases could aggravate eczema, and the mineral oil that is great to protect from diaper rash but it is not great for skin. Aquaphor is produced by Eucerin, so you can rely on its high standard of quality.
Petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is one of the best ingredients in eczema creams. That's why we find it in all of the moisturizers. Petrolatum will seal off the skin, helping the reduction of water loss, and providing the skin the so much needed water necessary for proper healing. Some people don't like the feeling of a thick cream on their skin though, and petrolatum makes the cream thick, and makes it harder to penetrate the skin.
The result is a thicker cream with a more sticky consistency, but it works great. When fighting eczema, you need to try many products, until you find the one that works best for you.
Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream
Purified water, white petrolatum, sorbitol solution, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ceteareth-20, simethicone, glyceryl monostearate, polyethylene glycol monostearate, sorbic acid and BHT.
Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Creme
Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
is a non-irritating, fragrance-free, and very effective moisturizer. This is my second choice after CeraVe. The ceresin in Eucerin is very similar to beeswax, and it has the same properties. Petrolatum with ceresin form a film that prevents moisture loss. Eucerin
TriDerma Intense Fast Healing Cream
Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Petrolatum, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Squalane (source Olive Oil), Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Protein, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polysorbate 60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, IPBC, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.
is one of my favorites because it uses bees wax as the moisture protector agent. Bees wax has been proven to be more effective at holding the moisture in the skin than petrolatum, and petrolatum was for a very long time considered to be the best. TriDerma
Warning: I am not sure why, but for some people TriDerma doesn't work. Some people find it causes the skin to become even more dry. I suspect the mineral oil in the composition, but for most of people this cream is a lifesaver.
How I Treat My Eczema Outbreaks
My approach while having an outbreak is to use a steroid-medicated lotion/ointment for about a week (for me, the best are the ones contain hydrocortisone), and CeraVe cream as needed by the skin. I stop drinking coffee or caffeinated tea, and I try to drink a bit more liquids. After the 7 days, I find that I only need to continue with CeraVe.
© 2012 Dorian Bodnariuc