Best Lotion for Eczema
The best lotion for eczema can vary from person to person and can also depend on the location and the severity of the flare-up. Each person responds differently to various treatments and eczema symptoms can vary widely from one person to another. In addition to how each person reacts differently to certain treatments there’s also the consideration of where the eczema is located and how severe it is. For example, the best hand lotion for eczema probably won’t be practical as body or scalp lotion.
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That being said, I would still like to give you some ideas for things to try and some tips that have worked for me. First, I’ll tell you a little about my own eczema so you know where I’m coming from. I have moderate eczema, it’s not as severe as many people have but it’s certainly no picnic. My worst spots are on my hands (particularly annoying) and my thighs. From time to time I’ve gotten it on my scalp, and I’ve also gotten it on my eyelids a few times, though it has been quite some time since that’s happened thankfully.
If you’re asking the question which lotion will best treat my eczema I’d like to propose that you make a shift to thinking about your eczema more in terms of prevention than treatment. When I consider the best moisturizers I’m looking at it from the perspective of what I can use before my flare-ups in order to ensure they never (or only rarely) happen in the first place.
I’m not a doctor, just a fellow eczema sufferer. If you have the means to do so then please visit a dermatologist and get some professional advice on the best way to treat your eczema. If you’re interested in some cheap and easy things to try please read on.
I’ll focus primarily on what I consider to be the best over the counter lotion for eczema in a few categories but before I leave you with a breakdown of my categories and my picks for each I want to stress that focusing more on prevention is a good idea when battling eczema. The flare up you never have is one you don’t have to worry about treating in the first place. I’ve put together a few tips for both treating and preventing eczema in my article How to Treat Eczema if you’d like to read more about that.
Best Lotions by Category
My favorite: Cetaphil works great for me. I’ve seen some debate regarding whether any lotion with any amount of alcohol in it should be used by eczema sufferers (or by anyone if you listen to some of the people out there). I’m not a dermatologist, but I do have eczema and Cetaphil has been my go to body lotion for years and has worked fantastically for me. It’s unscented, soaks in easily, and doesn’t leave you feeling greasy.
Also consider: Aveeno Eczema Therapy, Eucerin
Also consider: Aquafor, Curel Itch Defense
I almost never get eczema on my face so I’m not the right person to give a concrete recommendation based on my own experiences for this category. I don’t use any lotion on my face and I encourage you to seek advice from someone who’s got more experience in that area than I do.
A few options I’ve heard good things about include:
- Johnsons Baby Soothing Naturals
- Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream
Notice I’m recommending two baby lotions for this category, that’s not a coincidence! Your face is, well… your face! You don’t want to be using heavy duty stuff on your face if you can help it, not that any of the above lotions I’ve recommended on this site would be harmful but I want to call your attention to this. If things start to get bad with eczema on your face then you’ve already lost the battle with prevention and should go to the doctor, you really don’t want to mess around there. Bad eczema left untreated can leave scarring and your face is the last place you want that to happen.
While on the topic of eczema on the face though, I’ll mention that the few times I’ve gotten it on my eyelids and would wake up and look in the mirror and see one eye irritated to the point where it was swollen half closed I found a very warm washcloth on the eye for a little while followed up by some very light moisturizer helped quite a bit, at the very least it helped me go to work not looking like Quasimodo.
The Best Lotion for Eczema is the one you use before a flare-up
I can’t stress this enough, don’t wait until you have a flare-up to start using lotion and moisturizers to treat eczema, if you really want relief you need to do your best to prevent eczema! By the time you’re eczema is flaring up it might be too late for regular lotions to provide you with relief, by that time prescription ointments might be your only choice.
I hope this info helps.