The Best Ceramide Creams for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

The Top Six Moisturizers for Dry, Itchy Skin

A ceramide is one of three types of lipids (fats) that helps keep moisture in the skin. Ceramide-containing moisturizers are a breed of moisturizers that contain the same balance of lipids that your skin does. Studies show that these types of moisturizers help treat eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis), although they can be used by anyone who has dry skin.

If the following products don't work for you, be sure to visit your physician to get leads on other ceramide-containing products that may give you the relief that you've been seeking.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream uses a patented delivery technology called Multivesicular Emulsion to allow its ingredients to absorb into the skin over time. It is available over-the-counter and is affordably priced. It's available in three sizes: 1.89 ounces (perfect for plane travel), 12 ounces, or 16 ounces.

You can find the product at most major retail outlets, such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, grocery stores, and Amazon.com. If you're having trouble finding it, you can use the brand's "store locator" feature online and enter your zip code. If you're looking to save a few bucks, the company sometimes offers coupons to those who follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair is comparable to the now-discontinued Remergent's Barrier Repair Formula, which used a delivery system called aerospheres with lipids that surround a chemical called ursolic acid.

This Topix moisturizer's formula includes rosemary extract, which provides a liposome delivery of ursolic acid. The repair formula helps the cells of the epidermis produce ceramides to retain moisture and other chemicals that firm up collagen. This dual action makes barrier repair formulas good for moisturizing and reducing wrinkles

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Only Yourx Soothing Barrier Repair Cream.
Only Yourx Soothing Barrier Repair Cream. Only Yourx

ONLY YOURx Soothing Barrier Repair Moisturizer is another moisturizer that contains ceramides. The ingredients in this brand include a multitude of chemicals that are designed to reduce inflammation.

There are no available studies that prove the moisturizer's effectiveness, but the ceramides are in the correct proportion with other lipids—something that is necessary for the moisturizer to be effective. This moisturizer is sold only in salons but can also be purchased online if you can't find the product in a salon near you.

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Atopiclair cream.
Atopiclair cream. Amazon.com

Atopiclair is a ceramide moisturizer that was first available only with a prescription. But now it can be bought over the counter and online. This particular product is also approved by the FDA as a medical device. There are studies that show that it is more effective than regular moisturizers in treating the signs and symptoms of eczema.

This cream is steroid-free, paraben-free, and scent-free and it's designed for anyone with mild-to-moderate eczema who is over the age of 6 months. It can soothe itching quickly and restore the barrier function of the skin. It should be applied to affected areas of the skin three times a day during an outbreak.

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Mimyx cream is a ceramide moisturizer that was available only by prescription but has since been discontinued. A generic version of the cream is available, however.  Mimyx was pricey and generic versions of the cream are as well. Expect to pay roughly $100 for the knockoff brand.

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TriCeram is a ceramide-dominant barrier repair moisturizer that is also available over the counter. TriCeram does have good data to show that use of the moisturizer along with current eczema therapies helps the skin heal faster than skin that is treated with typical eczema medications. It is fairly expensive, though.

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