The 6 Best Lotions for Treating Eczema

It's All About Moisturization and 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 skin that is already itchy or inflamed. Alas, far too many of the moisturizers on the market today are chock-full of fragrances, preservatives, and other ingredients that do just that.

Fortunately, the movement toward fragrance-free products made specifically for sensitive skin continues to gain popularity, allowing greater choice for individuals with eczema.

The Benefits of an Emollient Moisturizer

For those who have eczema, an emollient moisturizer will make a huge difference in your skin. Emollients are chemicals that act as a lubricant 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 make emollients extremely useful in treating eczema, as well as other skin conditions such as psoriasis and ichthyosis.

The following emollient-based moisturizers are inexpensive options which can give your skin the hydration it needs without causing irritation or undue greasiness.

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Eucerin has long been one of the most trusted brands for people with eczema and for good reason. It moisturizes with petroleum and mineral oil and has been the product of choice for people with trouble skin since it was first invented by German scientist Isaac Lifshulz in the early 1900s.

There are many different variations of Eucerin. The standard cream-based option tends to be greasy, while the lotion formulation is less so. The lotion-based product is recommended for use on normal to mildly inflamed skin as it has a thinner consistency than what would be needed for more severe cases. It is this lighter "creaminess" that allows the lotion to be more readily absorbed into the skin.

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Aquaphor is another trusted standby manufactured by the same company as Eucerin and is equally effective in treating even the driest and flakiest skin. Aquaphor Healing Ointment contains 41 percent petroleum jelly, which gives it a much thicker consistency than Eucerin.

This product can be used to treat more severe cases of eczema that require extra emollients to adequately retain hydration on the skin.

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Cetaphil has a long history of producing products that are a godsend for people with dry, sensitive skin. It doesn't contain any irritants, has none of the greasiness that can turn people off, and absorbs into the skin quickly for longer lasting moisturization.

Cetaphil is a popular line of skin care products from Galderma Laboratories in Lausanne, Switzerland, a company founded in 1981 in a joint venture between Nestlé and L'Oréal. The Cetaphil brand is regarded as much of a therapeutic product as it is a beauty care essential.

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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 silkier. It has a lot of "slip" and spreads easily over the skin.

Moisturel, manufactured by pharmaceuticals giant Bristol-Myers Squibb, is a line of skin care products created as a therapeutic aid for persons with trouble skin.

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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.

Nivea is a German brand founded in 1882 whose product line is marketed a gentler, "purer" skin care option. It was the first company to a create a stable emulsion of water and oil to provide better hydration of the skin. The name Nivea itself comes from the Latin for "snow white."

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

Curél is a line of skin care products owned by Tokyo-based Kao Brands made specifically for dry, itchy skin.

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