Eczema refers to a group of conditions that result in reddened skin, itchiness, and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the irritation, you may suffer from atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, nummular eczema, dyshidrotic eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis.
Regardless of its name, the condition is common and manageable. Over 30 million Americans live with eczema in some form.
Moisturizers provide the best form of protection for your skin. Those with eczema have a damaged skin barrier, making them more vulnerable to bacteria, allergens, irritants, and similar invaders. Damaged skin also can’t retain water as easily, which results in itchy, dry skin. That is a set of circumstances ripe for an eczema flare.
Ointments are another common choice for treating eczema. They don’t burn when applied due to its high oil content. They are also very good at moisturizing even sensitive skin while retaining its moisture. If a moisturizer or cream irritates your skin, then look into an ointment for relief instead.
Creams are the next best thing to try after natural remedies and ointments. They do not contain as much oil as ointments, so they aren’t as greasy to the touch. Be aware of any preservatives or stabilizer ingredients that may trigger irritation. If trying different creams doesn’t seem to offer any relief, then your skin may be too sensitive for them. Consider switching to an ointment or a natural treatment instead.