As the biggest organ in your body, our skin demands a lot of attention. Sometimes it can be on our side, protecting us from environmental stressors and keeping us safe. Other times it can make us feel trapped and vulnerable, like when we experience acne or when our skin barrier is damaged. If your skin suffers from eczema, you know what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your own skin. The itching is unbearable and the dry, red spots are unsightly. Thankfully, there is an increasing number of moisturizers available for eczema on the body. But what about the face?
Eczema Cream For Face Areas
When you have eczema on the face, finding the right face moisturizer can feel like an impossible task. Many eczema creams are thick and greasy, which is a little scary for those of us that are acne prone. How do you find the right eczema cream for your face? A good place to start is knowing what your skin likes and what it doesn’t. Choosing the right eczema cream for face flare ups can mean the difference between going out with your friends and staying in. The more you know about eczema cream for the face, the better prepared you will be during an eczema flare up. Put discomfort behind you with these tips for selecting your eczema face moisturizer.
Types of Moisturizers
Ointments: Think of ointments as a really heavy blanket. Out of all moisturizers, these are the thickest. Because of this, you would typically want to save ointments for itchy or dry skin, as well as bodily application. It could be helpful to pick something lighter (though equally as effective) for your face.
Creams: If you’re unsure of your skin type, creams are probably going to be your go-to choice. For fairly normal skin, creams like Eksem by Epiphany Therapeutics are going to be a lot lighter and good for an everyday application. This is especially useful in extreme temperature changes (height of winter or mid-summer) when your skin needs quick hydrating relief.
Lotions: Lotions are the lightest on the moisturizing scale. With a base that is made of mostly water, this is the best choice for oily skin. These are most popular for a quick, on-the-go application for quick relief.
Finding out what type of moisturizer is only half the battle. Sorting through thousands of different ointments, creams, and lotions can be a bit overwhelming. Simplify your search and look for specific ingredients known for effective healing and calming of the skin barrier. You also want to look for products that do not contain certain ingredients, as they can be irritating to the skin.
Eczema Cream For Face: What To Look For
Antioxidants: Ingredients such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, or licorice root extract can help fight against skin damage. Look for moisturizers with essential micronutrients A, C and E, like Eksem Moisturizing Body Lotion.
Hypoallergenic: Look for hypoallergenic moisturizers. When your skin is damaged or has eczema, it is already sensitive. Hypoallergenic moisturizers are typically more gentle and do not contain typical ingredients that might further irritate your skin barrier.
Less Is More: With moisturizers, you want to look for one that has the smallest list of ingredients. Natural is better.
Fragrance Free: If you have sensitive skin, moisturizers that contain fragrances are probably going to be more irritating for you. Stick with fragrance free products to prevent flare ups.
Travel Friendly: Keeping smaller bottles in places like your purse, desk, and car will mean you’ll never have to hide dry skin moments.
Keep It Cool: Your skin might benefit more from a cool relief. If you think this is for you, keep your moisturizers in the fridge.
Use Often: For the best results with any moisturizer, using it often is key. Your skin gets thirsty just like you, so keep it hydrated.
Go Steroid Free: Many moisturizers for eczema contain steroids in them, as steroids can reduce redness and inflammation. However, steroids come with their own list of side effects. Not to worry, there are plenty of steroid-free options out there, the issue is to find something that is as effective as steroids. Look for products with essential micronutrients in them, as these ingredients will help to reduce the inflammation in a different way.
Curious about Eksem Moisturizing Cream? Read success stories from our happy customers on our testimonials page.
About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.