What Is Eczema & The Products You Need

What is eczema

Eczema is an incredibly common skin condition. In fact, it is thought that the number of people suffering from eczema is the UK has increased by more than 400%, and it is reported that almost half of the population suffer with it. But, what is eczema and what does it look like?

Often confused with other skin conditions, eczema's symptoms are very similar to those related to rosacea, psoriasis, and hives. If you, or someone you know is unsure whether they have eczema, keep on reading to discover our ultimate guide on the symptoms and signs to look out for, along with the best products to help treat it...

What is eczema?

Eczema is a group of inflammatory skin conditions that causes itchiness, dry skin, rashes, and scaly patches to appear on the face and body. There are a few types of eczema, including atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, and severe eczema, all of which are a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that makes your skin irritated, inflamed, and itchy. It is common in young children, but can occur at any age and continue into adulthood.

What are the symptoms of eczema?

Eczema is different for every individual, and flare-ups won't always happen in the same area every time. The official cause of eczema is unknown, however common triggers can include stress, certain soaps and detergents, environmental factors, and genetics. The most common symptoms of eczema can include:

  • Redness
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Thickened skin

 How do you treat eczema?

There is currently no cure for eczema, but there are various ways that you can help treat the condition. From medications, to ointments, and lotions, there are lots of products available to help treat uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition, including itching and redness. However, to ensure that you find the correct treatment for you we recommend speaking with your GP or dermatologist before beginning any treatment for eczema.

Our top 4 products for eczema

1. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+M Immediate Soothing Balm

Specifically formulated for sensitive skin and an impaired barrier function, this gentle formula is suitable for the whole family (including babies from 6-months). Featuring a triple action that immediately soothes and repairs the skin, this nourishing balm contains Thermal Spring Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, and 20% Shea Butter that works to restore skin barrier function and dry skin flare ups, while balancing the microbiome to leave the skin feeling soothed and hydrated.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+M Immediate Soothing Balm 200ml

2. Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil for Dry, Itchy Skin

Created for skin prone to dryness and itching, this soothing cleansing oil features an oil texture that seals-in moisture and helps to protect the skin against the dry effects of water. Rich in Omegas and Avene Thermal Spring Water, this gentle cleansing oil is fragrance-free and reduces the risk of irritation and allergy, while hydrating the skin for 24 hours.

Avene XeraCalm A.D. LReplenishing Cleansing Oil for Dry, Itchy Skin


3. Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream

Perfect for use during flare-ups, as well as those calmer in-between periods, this non-sticky face cream is enriched with Ceramides and Omega Oils to help strengthen and regenerate the skin's natural barrier to help relieve feelings of tightness and itchiness. Suitable for children and babies over 3-months old, this soothing cream will leave the skin feeling soft, soothed, and smooth.

Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream 50ml

4. CeraVe Moisturising Lotion

Formulated with dermatologists, this unique, lightweight, and non-greasy moisturiser contains 3 essential Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, and is created with MVE Delivery Technology to provide all day long hydration, while helping to repair the skin's barrier. 

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion 236ml


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