It’s been estimated that up to 15 million people in the UK could be suffering from eczema, making it one of the most common skin concerns affecting the population. Those who struggle with flare ups know how hard it can be finding an appropriate skin-soother, so whether you battle with frequent flare ups or prolonged bouts of irritation, here are five key ingredients to look out for when shopping for new topical solutions.
When the skin becomes dry and cracked, it loses water and becomes susceptible to irritants which can lead to a flare up. Ceramides help to repair the skin’s barrier by holding the cells together, essentially closing any gaps at the surface. Once the barrier is intact and functioning properly, skin becomes stronger and more hydrated, meaning flare ups will become less frequent and less painful.
Found in the iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm
During an eczema flare-up, skin is incredibly dry and sore. Simply loading it with moisturiser won’t fix the problem, as moisture can still evaporate from the skin. Using waxes like Beeswax can help as they form a protective layer over the surface of the skin, locking in moisture and preventing any environmental nasties from aggravating sensitive areas. Your skin will look shiny when using products that contain a high concentration of this ingredient, but the urge to itch will be easier to ignore.
Found in the Epionce Medical Barrier Cream
A popular ingredient in nourishing body moisturisers, Shea Butter is extracted from the Karite Tree and is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids – all of which are key ingredients in keeping eczema-prone skin hydrated and supple. By maintaining a flexible epidermal barrier, the skin is less likely to dry out and crack, so keep a Shea Butter-infused cream or balm with you at all times, so you can re-apply throughout the day.
Found in the Lindi Skin Soothing Balm
Also known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is an amazing skin-repairing ingredient and is included in lots of different topical eczema soothers. It has anti-inflammatory properties – making it a great pacifier for angry, itchy skin – and has the ability to stimulate ceramide production within the surface layers of the skin, meaning it stays strong yet supple. With persistent use, Niacinamide can help to reduce the severity of eczema on the face and the body.
Found in the Sesderma Atopises Moisturizing Cream
Botanical extracts can provide immense relief for hot, itchy and delicate skin, and Aloe Vera is one of the most gentle. It contains natural hormones which soothe and calm irritated areas, it’s rich in restorative antioxidants to improve healing, and quickly cools down hot, angry skin, all while feeling weightless. Look for gel textures, which are lighter and easier to layer with other products, for fast relief during a flare up.
Found in the Vitage Skin Calming Aloe Gel
Source: Allergy UK
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