5 Great Creams for Dry Skin / Eczema

March 20, 2017

Who can tell me what dry Skin and Eczema have in common? That's right! They itch! A.L.O.T! If you have ever experience either of the two or both, you will understand what I mean by the itch. I personally do not have dry skin or eczema, but I see patients who do all the time, and one other thing they all have in common are marks from scratching. From the look of those marks, I can definitely understand how badly it itches to have dry skin or eczema.

There is really no secret formula to this, but in addition to keeping your skin moisturized, there are a few things you must do as to not exacerbate your condition. I will tell you these things briefly, before I tell you what creams / lotions /ointments, I recommend to help your dry, itchy, or eczematous skin.

I get this a lot; when a patient comes to me with dry or itchy skin, and I ask them if they shower with hot water, 10 times out of 10, they say yes. Then I give them 'the look'. 'The look' is a non judgmental look by the way, because I love hot showers too, but it is a look that says, you could have saved yourself some money by coming in today, because I could have told you this for free. If you suffer from dry skin or eczema, please know and understand that hot showers, especially for long periods of time, makes it worse. The best kinds of showers for your skin type is tepid or lukewarm showers, and try not to stay in the shower for long periods of time.

The next bad thing for you is dry heat. This is particularly common in the winter when people tend to use heating systems. If the temperature is too high, it dries out your skin more. So, if you have eczema or dry, itchy skin, then turn the heat down, and or use a humidifier.

The most important thing to understand about dry skin or eczema is the type of cream / lotion / moisturizer you put on your skin; it has to be an emollient with a good amount of oil in it. It should not be one that dries too quickly, or easily washed off by water. And when you do apply it, apply it generously.

I usually recommend the following 5 creams to my patients because I have personally tried each one of them, and can confidently say they have a good amount of oil base, and work great.

1) Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion

This Lotion is the best thing to ever happen to man. I know because I use it everyday, and have been for 10 years. It may be too thick for some, but it is great for dry skin, and eczema. It also leaves your skin smooth and silky soft. Who doesn't what that?!

2) Aquaphor Healing Ointment

This is similar to the Eucerin Lotion in thickness but this is an ointment. There is a hand cream version as well, so you can get that too if you like this ointment. I use the hand cream frequently myself so will definitely recommend it.

3) Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion

This is an extremely very good Lotion, and it is my first to go to when I cannot get the Eucerin Lotion. It is more readily available in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world, compared to the Eucerin or Aquaphor ointment. It is more affordable too.

4) CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The CeraVe cleanser lotion would be the next on my list. It is not as thick as the first two, but does the work.

5) Vaseline Intensive Care (Cocoa Radiant) Gel Oil

The Vaseline Oil Gel is great, probably on my top 3 list, and it smells good. I particularly like it because it contains a lot of oil and lasts all day long. It would certainly leave you feeling like a greased up model ready for a photoshoot.

There are other great creams for dry skin or eczema, but these are my top 5. I have included links for these and more below.

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