What is the best cream for eczema? - Allergy Cosmos Blog
The mainstay of your skin cleansing routine should be a cream for eczema, which is massaged gently into the skin and then rinsed off. A cream is a mixture of oil usually a mineral oil, like soft paraffin and water. Like all products containing water, creams can become contaminated by microbial growth, so opt for hygienic containers like pump dispensers to minimise this risk. Also be aware that emulsifiers and other additives can cause either an allergic response or skin irritation.
A moisturiser is the other key product for daily skin care in eczema. As the name suggests, a moisturiser keeps the skin from drying out. All moisturisers work in the same way — by providing a surface layer of oil which slows down the evaporation of water from the skin.
You have three main choices of moisturiser — an ointment, a cream or a lotion. Ointments are composed of oil alone while creams, as explained above, also contain water. A lotion is just a cream with a higher water content. Some people with eczema and even their doctors have sometimes an unwarranted fear of using steroid creams to treat their condition.
In fact, steroid creams — if used correctly — are completely safe and play an important role in damping down the inflammatory process underlying an eczema 'flare up'. Not everyone with eczema will need a steroid cream. If you do, then as with cleansers and moisturisers, there are several products to choose from. Steroid creams are classified by their strength and this depends upon the steroid used and its concentration within the product.
The steroid is the active ingredient and it is diluted in a base compound which helps application and penetration. It is important to use the minimum strength of steroid cream to keep your eczema under control and to use it for limited periods only.
Topical steroid creams for eczema, if misused or used for long periods, are associated with a number of side effects, the most significant of which is thinning of the skin. There are also non-steroidal creams which damp down inflammation in an eczema flare-up Elidel and Protopic. Tars — substances obtained from distillation of products like wood and coal — seems to help some people who depart that it has a soothing effect on their skin.
Both coal tar and ichthammol, a tar from shale containing fossilised fish, have been used, with some success, to treat eczema. Calamine is a naturally-occurring mineral known as zinc carbonate and it gets its traditional pink colour from a trace of iron oxide. The lotion is a well-known treatment for sunburn but it has a drying effect which is unhelpful in eczema.
Roman camomile has been used as a herbal remedy which is soothing to the skin. Another herbal remedy is Marigold, which is widely used by homeopaths and herbalists to ease foot problems. For instance, since itching is the main response to eczema, it may seem logical to use treatments that have an anti-itching effect.
This is useful in fungal infections that itch, but has little or no effect in eczema and may even irritate the skin.
The same goes for local anaesthetics — they temporarily relieve itching but when used long-term may lead to allergy. Hello Alison, We do have some samples and we would be happy to send you a sample of the Allersearch Oatmeal cream. Could you email us with your contact details please?
We have tried all types of steroid creams, natural creams, ointment and oils we can ever heard of or possibly think of, yet, his condition has worsened.
Can you kindly send us some samples of your Allersearch Oatmeal cream for our son to try? We are hoping to find a solution that helps. Much appreciated, Worried Mom and Dad.
What is the best cream for eczema? Posted on Apr 20, Cleansing and moisturising For anyone without eczema, cleansing means soap or some other detergent and water. Steroid creams tackle inflammation Some people with eczema and even their doctors have sometimes an unwarranted fear of using steroid creams to treat their condition. What not to use There are a number of over-the-counter products which will not do your eczema any good.
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