The best defense against an eczema flare is a good skin care routine including bathing and moisturizing. If you suffer with eczema, it’s important to choose your skin care products carefully, looking out for ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. Unless you're a chemist it can be difficult to decipher product labels. Luckily there are good resources to help you make an educated decision.
The first stop is visiting National Eczema Association website and looking at the products in their Seal of Acceptance program. Products with the seal have been found to be suitable for people with eczema. Second, check ingredients to make sure there aren’t any you may be allergic to. For instance, our son is allergic to nuts and sesame seeds and both nut oils and sesame oils are added to many products. While they can be very good moisturizers, my son needs to stay clear. In addition, we always check the EWG.org website to check for toxicity.
When trying a new product, it’s always a good idea to perform a patch test to check for reaction. Use a small amount (about the size of a pea) to the inside of your wrist or the crook of your elbow. Do not wash the area for 24-48 hours and watch for any allergic reaction such as redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, flaking etc.
Here's a list of some cleansers and moisturizers that carry the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and have a great EWG low toxicity rating:
- Skin Fix® Gentle Hair and Body Wash. I’m a hug fan of the Skin Fix hand cream and this wash seems like a winner for both myself and my son. The ingredients listed say it’s 98% natural and is free of fragrance, nut ingredients, soy, sulfates, parabens and phthalates! EWG rates it a number 2 meaning low toxicity.
- Exederm® Baby Bath. This cleanser gets a 5 out of 5 rating from the Seal of Acceptance as it has been found not to contain any ingredients that can cause issues for eczema sufferers. A quick check of the EWG website finds it’s also rated a number 1 meaning it has very low toxicity.
- MD Moms® Baby Silk Dry Skin Rescue Extreme Care Cream. This product is paraben-free, preservative-free, sulfate-free, hypoallergenic and contains no phthalates, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum, waxes, wheat or gluten. It receives a 4 out of 5 rating from the Seal of Acceptance and is has a number 2 rating on EWG.org. Oh how I wish this was available when my son was a baby!
- Vaniply® Ointment. This is a great ointment that we do recommend with our Wrap-E-Soothe products and we do sell on our website. We recommend with our Wrap-E-Soothe products because it washes out and does not stain the white fabric. And most importantly it has a 5 out of 5 rating from the Seal of Acceptance and a number 1 rating on EWG – meaning very low toxicity!
- Exederm Non-Irritating Baby Shampoo. Exederm promotes this product as formulated to avoid harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives that may irritate and cause a rash on sensitive skin or trigger an eczema flare-up. It has a rating of 5 out of 5 from the Seal of Acceptance and a rating of 1 on EWG.org.
We hope this list is a helpful starting point for finding eczema skin care products. Always check with your physician if you have specific questions about a product.
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.