Here are the 4 pillars of a skincare routine best suited to eczema-prone skin.
Eczema can be worsened or improved by your approach to skincare. Appropriate care makes the difference between feeling frustrated and feeling in control. We recommend actively managing your eczema by following these four key steps in your skincare routine.
1. The double cleanse
The double-cleanse phenomenon originated in Asia and hinges upon using two gentle cleansers instead of one strong cleanser. This gentle, nondrying method of cleansing is perfect for eczema-prone skin.
Most solvents in facial cleansers are either water-based or oil-based. Makeup, sunscreen, sebum, dead skin, and grime can be dissolved and removed with oil or water.The double-cleanse concept works by using both for a thorough but gentle clean.
First, use an oil-based cleanser to cut through heavy makeup and thick sunscreens. Then, follow up with a water-based cleanser to remove the residue and any lingering oil or dirt.
- La Roche-Posay Lipikar Replenishing Cleansing Oil
- Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil
- Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
Skincare products to avoid: foaming cleansers and bar soaps
2. Exfoliation with lactic acid
Chronic dryness is a persistent feature of skin that suffers from eczema. While exfoliation can improve the look and health of dry skin, most people tend to avoid exfoliation for fear of irritating skin further. Facial scrubs and brushes can irritate and redden skin, while glycolic and salicylic acids can be too aggressive and sometimes increase dryness.
The solution? Lactic acid.
Lactic acid is a dream exfoliator for chronically dry skin. It works by:
- Softening and loosening dead skin to exfoliate
- Helping skin to hydrate itself from within
- PRIORI Advanced AHA Skin Renewal Cream
- Philosophy miracle worker miraculous anti-ageing lactic acid cleanser & mask
3. A fragrance-free cream
Moisturising is a very important part of any skincare routine. Moisture not only combats dryness but also helps to defend against signs of ageing. When choosing a moisturiser for your eczema-prone skin, Adore Beauty recommends choosing a fragrance-free cream suitable for both dry and sensitive skin.
- Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
- Uriage Tolederm Hydra-Soothing Cream
- Bioderma Sensibio AR - Daily Soothing & Anti-Redness Cream
Skincare products to avoid: creams and lotions that are highly fragranced or contain essential oils
4. An emollient-rich balm
If you suffer from eczema, then you certainly struggle to keep your skin hydrated. You'll be one step closer to winning this battle by following your moisturiser with an emollient-rich balm.
Balms are 'occlusive' moisturisers, meaning they form a second skin that locks in hydration. Balms also contain ingredients that help improve the health of your skin's own barrier.
- Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
- First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
- Elizabeth Arden Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant