As you probably already know, people with eczema have a damaged skin barrier, making their skin more sensitive to allergens, irritants, and bacteria. This damaged skin barrier also makes it harder for the skin to retain water which can lead to chronic dry and itchy skin. Other factors that contribute to dry skin include wind, cold temperatures, low humidity, harsh soaps, and prolonged exposure to water ─ all of which, in turn, can cause eczema to flare.
That’s why one of the most important things you can do to help control your eczema is moisturize. That being said, not all moisturizers are created equal. In fact, some common moisturizers may actually make your eczema worse – yikes!
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the best eczema ointments to properly hydrate your skin and keep your symptoms under control.
Effective Eczema Ointments
Moisturizers are classified based on the amount of oil and water they contain. To put it simply, the best moisturizers for treating eczema are the ones that contain high amounts of oil. Chances are that if a moisturizer feels “greasy,” it’s because it contains more oil which makes it better at hydrating your skin, sealing in moisture, and keeping irritants out.
Eczema Ointments vs. Creams
Eczema ointments – very similar to balms – are the best choice for treating skin because they contain the highest content of oil. Also, they generally do not cause eczema to burn when applied to sensitive skin areas and they are great at locking in moisture.
Creams, on the other hand, feel less “greasy” to the touch because they contain less oil. In fact, they are second to ointments in terms of the amount of oil they contain. Be careful when using creams, however. They sometimes contain preservatives that can irritate your skin, so be sure to read labels carefully!
Here are some common skin skincare ingredients and eczema irritants to avoid:
- Alcohol of any type (too drying and can cause burning)
- FD&C Colors and Pigments
- Propylene glycol
- Cocamidopropyl betaine
- Sodium benzoate
- SLS, SLES, ALES, ALS – all sulfates
Best Ointments for Eczema
With so many different brands and options out there, finding the best ointment for eczema can be challenging. Plus, everyone is different and so what works for someone else might not work for you. To find the perfect eczema treatment ointment for you, make sure you always read a product’s label before you buy it – especially if you already know you are allergic to an ingredient.
This Conqueror Soothing Eczema Balm is a 15-in-1 formula created to naturally moisturize and soothe dry, inflamed skin. In fact, it works great on dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, burns, or even stretch marks. Get ready for long lasting hydration and relief thanks to its 100% natural ingredients!
You can’t go wrong with our Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream. This is a dreamy-soft oil based balm, rather than a true water based eczema cream. Thick in texture and rich in emollients, it moisturizers even the driest of skin. Made with organic New Zealand Manuka honey, organic tree nut-free oils and beeswax, it’s excellent for soothing and calming irritated skin.