8 Products to Soothe Eczema-Prone Skin
While October is widely known for changing foliage, Halloween, and all things pumpkin spice, if you have sensitive, easily-irritated skin, then you know that it's also Eczema Awareness Month. According to the National Eczema Association, 31.6 million Americans have some form of the condition of red, itchy skin stemming from irritating chemicals, allergens, or a genetic predisposition. Of those people, one third have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression, two thirds say having the skin irritation impacts their daily job and chores, and 30 percent are unable to sleep soundly through the night due to discomfort. To help ease the itch, look for formulas rich in shea butter, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides. "These ingredients are hydrating and help to rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and add moisture back into the skin," Debra Jaliman, a NYC-based dermatologist says. Ahead you'll find eight products that you can count on to nip the signs of eczema in the bud. (Photo via Ian Hooton/ Science Photo Library / Getty)
SheaMoisture 100% Raw Shea Butter ($11): Made with 100 percent organic shea butter sourced from women's cooperatives in Northern Ghana, this creamy hair and skin treatment is chock-full of vitamins A and E to soothe even the most sensitive complexions. Apply on your scalp, lids, lips, face, and body as a whole to stop eczema in its tracks.
Tatcha The Indigo Cream ($85): Velvety soft and remarkably light, this heavy-hitting hydrator specifically formulated for irritation-prone skin works to smooth and soothe easily-irritated facial skin. Whether you have eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, or general sensitivities, the blue-tinted cream, which has been awarded The National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, will quickly become a favorite.
Modicum No. 4 Birch Tree Water Spritz ($22): When you think of an astringent, you might automatically assume it's a drying product unsuited for eczema-prone skin. This facial spray urges you to think again. Formulated with astaxanthin, an ingredient 6,000 times more potent than vitamin C and 550 times stronger than vitamin E, and hydrating birch water tapped from the Thousand Islands in upstate New York, this toning spritz rejuvenates skin from the outside in.
Shea Brand Raw Organic Original Shea Butter ($11): Hypoallergenic and hand-whipped, this small batch, vitamin E-rich face and body cream addresses the most sensitive skin situations, including eczema, keratosis pilaris, deep scars and stretch marks.
Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream For Sensitive Skin ($10): Clinically shown to soothe eczema-prone skin, this intensely moisturizing, ceramide-rich cream helps restore the protective moisture barrier. Made with colloidal oatmeal and without fragrance or steroids, you won't have to worry about disrupting your finicky skin when applying this must-try product from head to toe.
AHAVA Clineral X-Zem Hand Cream ($25): To soothe hands on the spot, try this dermatologist-developed hand cream. Made with minerals from the Dead Sea, this extra-thick, hydrating lotion sinks into skin to deliver optimal hydration while creating a protective layer against outside irritants.
Doctor Rogers Restore Face Wash ($42): Glycerin-based, fragrance-free, and formulated with just eight hypoallergenic plant-based ingredients, this probiotic-rich face wash is designed to remove makeup, deeply cleanse pores, and infuse skin with intense moisture all at once. In other words, it's the ideal cleanser for eczema-, acne-, and rosacea-prone complexions.
Live Clean Baby Eczema Shampoo & Wash ($24): Sure, this cleanser might be formulated for babies, but that just means it's a shoo-in for sensitive skin no matter the age. And, if that doesn't convince you, perhaps the fact that the National Eczema Association certified it will.
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