Got itch? If you suffer from [rritation or redness brought on by eczema, we've got just the fix. Meaning: We're lucky that more and more skin-care brands are understanding the need for products that cater to ultra-sensitive skin types and those who suffer from disorders like atopic or contact dermatitis — aka eczema. It's for this reason that big-name brands like Aveeno, Cetaphil, CeraVe, and more are jumping on board and bringing us products that help fight the uncomfortable itchiness and irritation that's synonymous with the common condition.
There's now a wellspring of soothing washes, moisturizers, lightweight lotions, and thick body creams on the market that target the symptoms of eczema and aid in both taming flare-ups, as well as keeping the aforementioned issues at bay. We spoke with several dermatologists to garner their over-the-counter recommendations for treating eczema, so you can snag a derm-approved product the next time you hit the drugstore. Ahead, find their picks.
Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm
Packed with glycerin to seal in moisture and colloidal oatmeal to soothe irritated skin, Aveeno's Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm will stop itch in its tracks — on your face and body. This fragrance-free option even has a National Eczema Association Seal of Approval to back it up.
Bodewell Anti-Itch Cream
Formulated as an over-the-counter treatment for people with eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin, Bodewell's Anti-Inch Cream stops redness, burning, dryness, and irritation in its tracks. A powerful combination of plant-sourced active ingredients (like phytolacca cecandra) and a cocktail of soothing ingredients like centella asiatica, oat extract, and ceramides provides both immediate and long-term relief. Honayst deputy editor Kara McGrath says that this cream calmed her eczema flare-up in just 24 hours. Bonus: The airless pump dispenser makes application a sanitary and mess-free process.
Simple Unscented Micellar Cleansing Water
"This is an extremely gentle cleanser for those with dry, sensitive skin [because] micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, which means they're able to thoroughly draw out impurities without drying out the skin," she tells Honayst. It's also a great option for anyone who's looking to simplify their skin-care routine, as it's so quick and easy to use. There's no guesswork.
Eau Thermale Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream
Infused with the French brand's famous thermal spring water, Eau Thermale Avene's Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream provides immediate comfort for dry, red, and itchy skin affected by eczema. It also contains a soothing copper- zinc sulfate blend, which supports a healthy skin environment, as well as its own protein-rich ingredient called C+ Restore that helps protect and preserve the skin barrier. Additionally, it's gentle and safe for anyone to use — even infants.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Soothing Relief Eczema Cream
La Roche-Posay's Lipikar Soothing Relief Eczema Cream is a miracle for those suffering from stubborn dry spots and patches of irritation. According to Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., research studies show that Lipikar Cream can help to "normalize and diversify the bacterial communities on the skin," which he says helps to reduce the activity of the disease and decrease recurrence after stopping topical steroids.
Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray
A new and arguably improved version of Aquaphor's original healing ointment, its Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray offers the same skin-softening and protective benefits, minus the thick, somewhat greasy feel that some people can't get into. Instead, this lightweight spray delivers an even mist that soothes skin upon contact and softens dry or scaly patches, too. New York City- based dermatologist Sejal Shah says she recommends it because you can easily spritz, rub it in, and go in one easy motion, and it works just as well as the original.
Epionce Medical Barrier Cream
Dermatologist Carl Throfeldt developed Epionce's Medical Barrier Cream to help repair the skin barrier and curb chronic inflammation. Comprised of rosehip, meadowfoam seed, and avocado oils, it aids in not only deeply nourishing the skin but in locking in moisture, too. This way the skin is able to replenish itself and remain in a happy state.
Dr. Wang Herbal Rescue Balm
Developed by a father-son duo, Dr. Wang's Herbal Rescue Balm is unique in that it marries the ideologies of Western medicine and herbalism. Steven Wang, who is the director of dermatologic surgery and dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, created the calming elixir with his father, who is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist.
Together, their combined knowledge of the epidermis and came up with this emollient blend of beeswax, meadowfoam, castor oil, and other nourishing ingredients that work to relieve itch, as well as other symptoms associated with eczema.
Cetaphil Restoraderm Pro Eczema Calming Body Wash
Another eczema-fighting pick from Shah, Cetaphil's Restoraderm Pro Eczema Calming Body Wash contains skin-nourishing shea butter, sunflower oil, and glycerin, and is completely free of soaps, fragrances, parabens, and phthalates, as well as any other known nasties. Shah recommends it for eczema sufferers as its lightweight, non-irritating, and removes dead skin without stripping the epidermis of its natural oils.
Eczema Honey Original Skin-Soothing Cream
Eczema Honey's Original Skin-Soothing Cream feels like a lightweight balm, but melts into the skin quickly without leaving any greasy residue behind. Instead, thanks to hydrating pure honey and a blend of almond and sunflower oils, it leaves the skin looking moisturized and visibly healthier. Colloidal oatmeal is also in the formula to help temper itchiness and calm irritation.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Spiked with skin-calming ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and eucalyptus oil, First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream will smooth everything from rashes to itches.
Eucerin Eczema Relief Skin Protectant Creme
Kate Somerville Dry Skin Saver
Formally known as the brand's Eczema Therapy Cream, the new-and-improved Dry Skin Saver glides on skin to relieve irritation thanks to soothing oat kernel flour.
CeraVe Eczema Soothing Body Wash
Start treating the issue before you even step out of the shower by sudsing up with CeraVe's Eczema Soothing Body Wash, which is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides.
SkinFix Foaming Oil Body Wash
On the inside, it may look like champagne in a pump (wouldn't that be amazing), but SkinFix's Foaming Oil Body Wash comes unscented and free of harsh cleansing surfactants, making it perfectly suited for those with sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
Eau Thermale Avène XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil
Wipe away makeup, dirt, and grime with Eau Thermale Avène's XeraCalm A.D Lipid- Replenishing Cleansing Oil, which will also prime your skin to help prevent itch and irritation.