Eczema is a dry skin condition that affects six million of us in the UK and according to the NHS, this number just keeps on rising. If you’re a sufferer, you’ll be well aware that flare-ups are no fun, from red, itchy skin right through to splitting and bleeding.
So what can be done to get your skin back on track? Here are a few tips on managing eczema-prone skin…
Why do we get it?
While some of us are born with it, eczema can also be brought on by environmental factors and develop later on in life. Our skin is made up of three layers, all of which are made up of water, oils, skin cells and fats. the difference with eczema-prone skin is that it tends to not produce as much oil, so ergo can retain less water which leads to the skin’s moisture barrier being compromised (stay with us). The key issue here is when the skin’s barrier is damaged, irritants and bacteria are able to get into the deeper layers, which is what causes the flare-ups, redness, cracking, splitting and itching.
What’s the best way to treat it?
Eczema can be managed by using creams designed to help repair and support your skin’s natural barrier function. While your GP may recommend steroid creams, there are other options available from your nearest beauty destination. Here’s our pick of some of the best…
The Medical-Grade Cream
Formulated with a series of powerful complexes, this cream works to rebuild and restore your skin barrier if it’s been damaged by eczema flare-ups. With no perfumes or preservatives, it’s also safe to use on broken or healing skin.
Epionce Medical Barrier Cream, £29.50
The All Rounder
If redness, itching and dryness are constantly bothersome, this cream can offer relief thanks to a formula that stimulates your skin’s barrier to repair and restore itself. Free from steroids, parabens and perfumes, it’s efficient, but gentle enough to use on children as young as six.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+, £12.87
The Natural Balm
A natural solution to the problem of eczema. This balm helps to create a barrier that’ll help lock in moisture and keep out the irritants that can cause itching, flare-ups and discomfort. A huge hit for efficiently dealing with dry skin and eczema.
Lanolips Everywhere Multi Cream, £10.99
The thermal water at the heart of Avene is stuff of legend, namely due to its restorative qualities. This cream not only uses the thermal water to deliver long-lasting hydration and protection for dry, dehydrated skin, but it also contains a natural SPF for skin that’s sun-sensitive too.
Avene Hydrance Optimale UV Rich Hydrating Cream, £14.50
If you want a no-contact solution, this ultra-fine spray is a great option. It’ll deliver hydration and nourishment deep down, so that by the time those skin cells reach the skin’s surface they are far less likely to be dry, dehydrated and therefore less likely to be prone to eczema.
BioSkin DermaSpray Intensive, £8.99