The Best Lotions for Treating Eczema

It's All About Moisturization & Quality Ingredients

People with eczema need a good, quality moisturizer that will replenish the loss of the skin's natural oils. It's also important that the moisturizer doesn't contain any harsh ingredients that can irritate the skin. Unfortunately, so many of the moisturizers on the market today are chock-full of irritating ingredients like fragrances and preservatives. However, the natural movement is making it a lot easier to find products free of the things that wreak havoc on the skin.

The Benefits of an Emollient Moisturizer

For those with eczema, an emollient moisturizer will make a huge difference in the skin. Emollients are chemicals - the good kind - that act as lubricants, and are thought to fill in the crevices between microscopic skin proteins that are in the process of shedding. Their ability to reverse dryness and scaling makes them extremely useful in treating eczema, psoriasis and ichthyosis.

The following emollient-based moisturizers are inexpensive options that will give your skin the hydration it needs without causing unnecessary irritation.

Eucerin Daily Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion

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Eucerin is one of those trusted brands that's been recommended to those with eczema for years, and for good reason. It moisturizes with petroleum and mineral oil, and it's still a great choice.

There are many different variations of Eucerin. The cream version tends to be pretty greasy, but the lotion is less so. According to the product's label, Eucerin is recommended for use on normal to mildly flared skin, as it has a thinner consistency than what might be necessary for more severely inflamed skin. However, that thin consistency allows the product to be absorbed by the skin more easily.

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment

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Aquaphor is another trusty standby that is actually manufactured by the same company as Eucerin. It's very effective in treating even the driest of skin. Aquaphor Healing Ointment contains 41 percent petroleum jelly. This gives it a much thicker consistency than Eucerin, but it's also much more concentrated.

This product can be used to treat more severe cases of eczema, as the skin may require the extra "greasiness" it offers in order to make it adequately hydrated.

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Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion

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Cetaphil has a long history of producing quality products that are a godsend to dry, sensitive skin and don't contain any irritants. If you aren't a fan of the super greasy creams, this may be a better option for you because it absorbs into the skin quickly.

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Moisturel Therapeutic Lotion

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Moisturel Therapeutic Lotion contains petroleum jelly and dimethicone, a type of silicone. Silicone is derived from silica and is often added to moisturizers to make them feel more silky. Moisturel has a lot of "slip" and easily spreads over the skin.

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Nivea Original Moisture Daily Lotion

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Nivea Original Moisture Daily Lotion contains more mineral oil than petroleum, so it soaks into the skin faster than some of the other moisturizers on this list.

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Curél Intensive Healing Daily Cream

This fragrance-free cream by Curél contains mostly water and glycerin. Unlike the other products listed here, it doesn't replace the skin's natural oils, but it's still a solid choice for someone who isn't experiencing an eczema flare, but wants to keep their skin moisturized.

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