Eczema Treatment: How to Choose the Right Skincare Ingredients
A comprehensive guide on finding the right skincare ingredients for your eczema treatment
Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition where patches of skin become inflamed, itchy, and cracked. In mild cases, dry skin is a symptom of eczema. An effective and religious skincare routine can keep the dryness in check. Regular moisturisation can prevent eczema flares, especially in winters when symptoms tend to be at their worst.
It is important to recognise and reach for the right ingredients that can combat flares and avoid them as much as possible. A good eczema treatment should include products that keep skin hydrated, reduce inflammation, and also prevent skin infections.
Trust these 7 topical ingredients that will help manage your eczema and treat it well:
Aloe Vera Gel
If you suffer from eczema, you know your skin is more susceptible to skin infections. The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of aloe vera deters these infections. It also has immunity-boosting and wound-healing properties, which soothes patches of eczema. The plant is safe to use directly and topically on skin. However, remember to do a patch test to see if you have any allergic reaction. The products available in the market are equally effective. However, look for products that have a high concentration of aloe vera like our 99 % Aloe Hydra Gel.
Pro tip: Combine aloe vera with coconut oil or turmeric to increase the effectiveness of your eczema treatment.
A potent ingredient and powerful humectant, hyaluronic acid holds and draws moisture to the skin. In a 2011 study, participants found that hyaluronic acid in a foam form improved their symptoms of mild to moderate eczema more than ceramide-containing emulsion cream. Try out HA Intense Moisturizer, which promises 24 hours of hydration and relieves dry, dehydrated skin also.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that helps the skin grow a ceramide barrier. Which, in turn, assists the skin to retain moisture. It lowers inflammation and is also known to soothe redness and reduce irritation. Our product, the Hydra Cool Plumping Serum includes niacinamide and promises to provide excellent hydration and antioxidant properties also.
It can effectively diminish eczema symptoms by calming skin, relieving irritation, and reducing the chance of infection. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help minimise the discomfort associated with eczema.
Emollients are moisturising ingredients that soothe and hydrate the skin. They cover the skin with a protective film to lock in moisture. They also help prevent patches of inflammation and flare-ups of conditions like eczema.
The different types of emollients include
Glycerin holds humectant properties. It extracts water from the dermis and brings it into the skin’s surface. It also promotes the skin barrier and protects skin from irritants. Its moisturising properties make it a potent ingredient for eczema treatment.
Vitamin E has hydrating properties that may relieve dryness, itching, and flaking. It can also boost the efficacy of topical moisturisers in eczema treatment. In other words, vitamin E is a star ingredient in two of our products—Avo Glow Mist and Active C Serum.
What kind of moisturisers are most effective for eczema?
One of the best things you can do to relieve eczema symptoms is to find an effective moisturiser. However, not all moisturisers are equally formulated. Some may flare or worsen eczema symptoms. The best moisturisers are those that are gentle and oil-rich (ointments and creams). Moisturisers that are free of fragrance and dye are the safest and least irritating. Applying a thick layer of moisturiser within three minutes of bathing or showering locks in moisture and safeguards the skin barrier.
- Dr G 99% Aloe Hydra Gel has pure aloe vera extract that helps relax and heal the skin. It is free from perfume and colour. Regularly applying a small amount can help with eczema treatment.
- Dr G HA Intense Moisturiser is a lightweight cream that contains advanced hyaluronic acid, which instantly relieves dehydrated skin. It also includes coconut extract that enhances moisture retention.
There is no known cure for eczema, but avoiding specific triggers and making anti-inflammatory creams a part of your eczema treatment can alleviate significant flare-ups. So, choose ingredients with an educated and informative opinion, and you will see your eczema improve!