7 Lotions and Creams That Will Ease Your Eczema Symptoms

BY Christina Heiser · October 4, 2017

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If you have eczema, you know that the cooling temps can mean major flare-ups for your skin. Eczema (a.k.a. atopic dermatitis) is a chronic skin condition that causes a dry, scaly, itchy rash—and the dry air of winter can exacerbate your symptoms. While there is currently no cure for eczema, diligent use of moisturizers, lotions and creams can help soothe your skin and ease your eczema symptoms. To learn more about how to choose the right skin care product for you—as well as how to take care of eczema-prone skin—we talked to the experts at First Aid Beauty. 

What’s the most important thing to consider when choosing an eczema cream or lotion?

The issue most products pose for eczema sufferers is that they have the potential to further irritate already fragile skin. Choosing products specifically formulated to treat the symptoms of eczema and that are gentle and fragrance-free is extremely important. The best moisturizers for eczema help to seal moisture in the skin and contain colloidal oatmeal, an FDA-designated ingredient for treating the discomfort associated with eczema. Absolutely avoid ingredients such as alcohol and perfume that can trigger flare-ups. Our hero product, Ultra Repair Cream, is a head-to-toe moisturizer that delivers exceptional hydration while helping provide immediate relief and long-lasting protection for dry, distressed skin, even eczema.

What ingredients should we look for (or avoid) in all our skin care products if we have eczema?

Look for products with ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, hyaluronic acid and ceramides—these moisturizing ingredients repair and protect the skin and relieve itching and irritation. Colloidal oatmeal specifically is an FDA-designated skin protectant that relieves itching and minor irritation caused by eczema, rashes and other skin conditions. Avoid fragrances, harsh ingredients and alcohol-based products as they can trigger flare-ups and dry out skin.

Any other tips on how to take care of eczema-prone skin?

  • Avoid long hot showers. Hot water strips moisture from the skin faster than warm or cool water. Keep showers short, 10 minutes or less, and use warm water instead.
  • Apply cream or lotion while skin is damp. Bathing allows water to enter the skin so putting on moisturizer following the shower while skin is damp seals in moisture.
  • Be mindful of clothing/materials that can irritate skin. Dress in soft, breathable clothing and avoid itchy fabrics like wool that can further irritate eczema.

The Best Creams and Lotions for Eczema

Now that you know what to look for in an eczema treatment, choose from our bestselling eczema products below. We wish you nothing but happy, hydrated skin ahead!

1. Editor's Choice: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Especially made for those with eczema, psoriasis and keratosis pilaris, this cream is formulated with oatmeal extract to prevent flaking and dryness, antioxidants to prevent skin damage, allantoin to soothe irritation and eucalyptus oil to curb inflammation. “I have combination skin that becomes very dry in the winter (not visibly, but my cheeks become very itchy and irritated) and this cream helps drastically!” writes one Dermstore shopper. “I also use it as a night cream. It’s not greasy and dries quickly. Love love love!”

2. Dermatologist-Recommended: Avene TriXera + Selectiose Emollient Cream

Dermstore customers rave about this fragrance-free cream, which is formulated with super-soothing ingredients including thermal spring water, safflower seed oil, glycerin and coconut oil. “This lotion is not greasy at all,” writes one reviewer. “It’s extremely soothing and keeps my skin soft all day. It’s very cold in the winter and the house gets extremely dry so I needed something to help my dry skin. This lotion is fantastic. I have sensitive skin and it doesn’t bother me at all.”

3. Bestseller: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

There’s a reason why this thick, rich body cream is such a fan favorite. In addition to being chock-full of moisturizing agents like glycerin and petrolatum, it also contains antioxidants to protect skin. One Dermstore reviewer comments, “I have found this cream to be extremely effective at hydrating very dry skin. The cream is very light and absorbs quickly into the skin. In the winter, I use this instead of lotion. The rest of the year I use this on ‘problem’ areas like feet and elbows.”

4. For Babies: Mustela Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream

Baby eczema is pretty common and this cream was developed to treat your tyke, with nourishing ceramides in its formula. One Dermstore reviewer raves, “I have tried several different lotions and creams for my baby’s eczema and skin issues. This by far has been the best and I will continue to use it. It goes on smooth and light and is not heavy like some of the other eczema lotions.”

5. For Eczema on Scalp: Dr. Marder Total Relief Shampoo

Yup, you can experience eczema on your scalp, too. This shampoo features 1% hydrocortisone to alleviate itchiness, vitamin B5 that conditions and green tea and vitamin E for antioxidant protection. One Dermstore shopper shares, “My itching and flaking are GONE!! My hair feels great, it smells great (no nasty tar smell!).”

6. Best Value: Pharmaceutical Specialties Vanicream Skin Cream

You don’t have to drain your bank account to calm your eczema. This bargain cream (only $7.29!) provides tons of hydration sans greasy residue. “FINALLY, a body moisturizer that isn’t expensive, sinks in and really gives winter skin a makeover AND is paraben-free,” writes one Dermstore shopper. “Not greasy, absorbs fast and doesn’t stain anything.”

7. Rising Star: SkinClinical Extreme Healing Repair Concentrate

This fragrance-free lotion relieves dry, itchy, inflamed skin by stimulating your skin’s cell-regenerative process, which improves hydration. “Immediate results,” comments one Dermstore reviewer. “I have rosacea and eczema on top of living in the north and I have spent a fortune looking for something that calms my skin, reduces redness and removes the bumps and inflammation that have been fairly constant on my cheeks. Laser treatments, hundreds of products both over the counter and prescribed and I have seen a huge improvement in 2 days. No seriously. Two days. I will never live without this again.”

Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the offi... Read More >

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