A frequent question from atopics is which cream for atopic eczema is the best. Unfortunately, there is no single answer to this matter. Each person is an individual and has their immune system set up differently. Therefore, the best cream for atopic eczema will be slightly different for everyone. Here we will compare a few creams.
Atopy is mainly characterized by dry and sensitive skin. Dry skin is more easily irritated than well-hydrated skin because micro-cracks form in it. These make it easier for allergens to enter the skin. The skin then reacts with redness and itching. That's why doctors recommend moisturising dry skin in the first place. What does this entail? Although the word hydration contains the word hydro (water), frequent washing rather damages the skin of an atopic person. At the very least, the chlorine in the water dries out the skin. Hot water does the same. Nor does the subsequent scrubbing with a towel benefit the skin. If possible, wash the skin in natural mineral waters. Do not use ordinary soaps for cleaning, but soaps and gels for atopic dry skin. Pay attention to the composition of the soap, as it may contain something that may not suit you. The fewer ingredients, the better. Example of soaps for atopic skin and their main ingredients:
Epaderm cream: yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, emulsion wax, + 1 ingredient.
Protopan Shower Oil: almond, lavender, argan and avocado oil + 3 ingredients
Dr Konrad Cutosan Wash Gel: coconut oil extracts + 7 ingredients
Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS Shower Foam: urea + 13 ingredients incl. perfume
Linola Shower and Wash: rapeseed and wheat oil + 16 ingredients incl. perfume
Our skin is washed, dried and, thanks to special soaps, moisturised. But after just a few hours, the skin is dry again in exposed areas. It needs to be lubricated again. Still, the fewer the ingredients, the less likely it is that some of them will irritate the skin. Except Epaderm cream , which is used for both washing and moisturising, most moisturisers have similar formulations. It uses the tried and tested glycerol, paraffin, dimethicone and a range of water-retaining compounds in the skin.
Epaderm cream: yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, emulsion wax, + 1 ingredient
Basic 30 cream: glycerin, almond, castor and avocado oils, aloe extract + 14 ingredients
Dr Konrad AD Lothio Chronic: paraffin, urea, glycerin, dimethicone + 14 ingredients
Bioderma Atoderm Cream: paraffin, glycerin, rapeseed sterols, sunflower oil + 19 ingredients
Eucerin pH5 Moisturising Body Lotion: glycerin, panthenol, dimethicone + 22 ingredients incl. perfume.
Barrier creams are the next level in atopic skin care. They are designed not only to moisturise it, but above all to protect the weakened skin from irritation. They create films that moisturise and protect the skin for many hours.
Zinc oxide: zinc, calendula extract, lanolin, castor oil +12 ingredients
Dermaguard: Glycerin, dimethicone + 17 ingredients
A-Derma Dermalibour+ : oat extract, copper, zinc, wax, glycerin + 16 ingredients
2derm Reha Special: glycerin, zinc, dimethicone + 17 ingredients
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