Top Ceramide Moisturizers for Eczema and Dry Skin

How These Moisturizers Replace the Skin's Oils

Ceramides are one of three types of lipids, or fats, that help keep moisture in the skin. Ceramide-containing moisturizers are a breed of moisturizers that contain the same balance of lipids as your skin does. Studies show that they help treat eczema, but they can be used by anyone with dry skin.

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

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CeraVe

CeraVe moisturizing cream.
CeraVe moisturizing cream.. Amazon.com

CeraVe uses a patented delivery technology called Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) to allow its ingredients to absorb into the skin over time.

According to the website, the data supporting the effectiveness of CeraVe is on file with the manufacturer. I have recommended CeraVe to my patients because it is available over-the-counter and is affordably priced.

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Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair

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.

The SRS formula includes rosemary extract, which provides a liposome delivery of ursolic acid. The repair formula helps the cells of the epidermis to 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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Soothing Barrier Repair Moisturizer

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

Soothing Barrier Repair Moisturizer is another moisturizer that contains ceramides. The ingredients contain a multitude of chemicals designed to reduce inflammation.

They do not have any studies that prove the moisturizer's effectiveness, but their description of key ingredients shows they understand ceramides have to be present in the correct proportion with other lipids to be effective. This moisturizer is only sold in salons but can be purchased online if you can't find a salon near you.

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Atopiclair

Atopiclair cream.
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Atopiclair is a ceramide moisturizer available first as a prescription and now over-the-counter and online. It is also approved by the FDA as a medical device. There are studies that show it is more effective than regular moisturizers in treating the signs and symptoms of eczema.

Since it's a prescription, you may be wondering if it's covered by your insurance. Of course, all insurance formularies are different, so you'll have to consult with your carrier to find out if Atopiclair is a preferred brand.

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Generic Version of Mimyx Cream

Mimyx cream is a ceramide moisturizer that was only available by prescription but has since been discontinued. A generic version of the cream is available, however. The former website for Mimyx provides references to studies about the cream's effectiveness, including one article published in a Spanish medical journal.

The other references are studies that have been presented at two annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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

TriCeram moisturizer.
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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 with current eczema therapies helped the skin heal faster than skin treated with usual eczema medications. It is fairly expensive, though.

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