Anyone who suffers from eczema will know that even the tiniest of irritants can cause an uncomfortable flare-up, resulting in aggravated, dry and sore skin.
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Eczema sufferers will also know that's a plethora of products out there claiming to be the best body creams to soothe eczema. Given that the condition is often caused by a problem with the skin barrier function, which can be helped by using moisturiser regularly, it makes sense there's an abundance of eczema body creams on the market.
But which eczema body creams actually work to tackle irritated, itchy and sore skin? Look for fragrance-free formulas with soothing and hydrating ingredients such as ceramides, as a starting point.
We've collated an edit of eczema creams from high street and online retailers, such as Boots and Lookfantastic, including well-known brands such as CeraVe, Cetaphil, Aveeno plus little-known wonders that work their magic on irritated skin.
1. The Beauty of Eczema Calming Cream
The Beauty of Eczema Calming Cream, £24, Amazon
This is undeniably pricey but has the ingredients to back it up. Created by the mother of an eczema-sufferer it's made with sweet almond and oat kernel oils it's creamy and moisturising, plus it's vegan and cruelty-free.
2. Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Aloe and Rice Milk Body Lotion
Burt's Bees Ultimate Care Aloe and Rice Milk Body Lotion, £10.99, FeelUnique
Loved by eczema sufferers, this dermatologist-approved moisturising body lotion is made with rice milk to soothe, plus anti-inflammatory aloe to hydrate the skin. It also has baobab, jojoba and shea butter oil which creates a layer on top of the skin to strengthen that all-important skin barrier to stop moisture creeping out. This has also been approved by the National Eczema Association, for an extra vote of confidence
3. Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Cream
Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Cream, £14.95, Amazon
4. CeraVe Moisturising Cream
CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £10.40, Lookfantastic
All CeraVe products are developed with dermatologists, so you know the products will be equipped to deal with any skin concerns that comes your way. This one is lauded for eczema-soothing powers thanks to the ceramides in the formula (hence the brand name!)
5. Cetaphil Pro Eczema Soothing Moisturizer
Cetaphil Pro Eczema Soothing Moisturiser, £25.50, Amazon
Cetaphil is a well-established brand that takes pride of place in many households, offering a whole host of moisturisers and cleansers, as well as creams to suit specific needs and skin concerns. Namely, this ceramide blend created to sooth irritated skin.
6. Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream
Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream, £6.65, Amazon
Aveeno is a gentle beauty brand that caters for adults, as well as children. Jennifer Aniston is the face of the brand, for an a-list seal of approval. For those looking for deeply nourishing emollient to soothe any signs of eczema, the Dermexa has received glowing reviews, but we'd also like to point you in the direction of the brand's Soothing Bath Treatment, for an extra nourishing hit.
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7. Dermalex Eczema Treatment cream
Dermalex Eczema Treatment cream, £12.99, Boots
Dermalex’s Eczema Treatment Cream has been described as suitable for “mild to moderate atopic eczema symptoms”, and is soothing on the skin. This formula doesn’t contain parabens, perfumes or steroids and has been designed to soothe problematic areas.
8. E45 Dermatological Moisturising Cream
E45 Dermatological Moisturising Cream, £4.49, Superdrug
E45 is a firm favourite skin and bodycare brand for many. While some may be familiar with the classic Moisturiser Cream, others may be looking to try something a little more intense to moisturise their skin and that's where this budget-friendly tub comes in.
9. Boots Dermacare Eczema Treatment Cream
Boots Dermacare Eczema Treatment Cream, £9.99, Boots
Boots is the go-to high street destination for all health and beauty needs and it certainly delivers when it comes to eczema creams with this affordable own-brand buy to calm sorer skin.
10. Oilatum Junior Cream for Eczema
Oilatum Junior Cream for Eczema, £7.99, Boots
Oilatum is a popular brand to shop for those looking for soothing and healing products.
Oilatum has a variety of products for all skin types and ages, but for those with younger skin, or looking for a solution for their child, Oilatum has a specific junior cream for delicate skin.
11. Eucerin AtoControl Acute Care Cream
Eucerin AtoControl Acute Care Cream, £9.95, FeelUnique
Eucerin is one of the leading skincare and beauty brands with a variety of products to suit all skin concerns.
Eucerin’s AtoControl Acute Care Cream works to gently soothe problem areas, thanks to the nourishing formula, which contains omega fatty acids, primrose oil, as well as anti-inflammatory licorice extract, and anti-bacterial decandiol.
12. Doublebase Diomed Dry Skin Emollient
Doublebase Diomed Dry Skin Emollient, £7.49, Boots
Doublebase’s Emollient is an affordable, natural treatment for those suffering with dry, flaky and irritated skin.
This product in particular is free from any nasties, such as colourings, fragrances, steroids, SLS, parabens and more, so it works to protect the skin’s barrier and help to lock moisture in. Denise Van Outen is a fan, saying the difference it made to her skin was "incredible."
13. HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream
HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream, £4.50, Boots
Hydrocortisone cream is a steroid cream often prescribed by medical experts. It works as a thicker ointment to ease any irritation, inflammation and itching, often caused by dermatitis or eczema, for up to 12 hours. Though it is advised to check in with a medical expert before using steroid cream.
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