That itchy feeling associated with eczema can seem intractable. You can look for specific skincare ingredients to calm the itch.
Itchy skin is a typical symptom of eczema. Compromised skin is less able to defend itself against allergens and irritants. The result is a red, heated, itchy reaction. Skin then ends up becoming dry and flaky, adding to the discomfort and itch.
Thankfully, you can take effective action to combat the itch cycle. A moisturiser that's richly hydrating and full of skin-soothing ingredients will help reduce the urge to scratch. Here are three of the best anti-irritant/anti-itch ingredients and some products that contain them.
Chamomile is famous for its calming properties. But using chamomile extract on eczematous skin is actually likely to aggravate the condition. This is the mistake most people make when choosing skincare to treat conditions like eczema.
While natural ingredients are sometimes gentler than synthetic alternatives, that isn't always the case. Like most essential oils, chamomile contains allergens and irritants. Allergens and irritants are the key triggers of eczema, so products with chamomile are not the wisest choice.
Luckily, there's a way to get the soothing benefits of chamomile without the tagalong allergens and irritants: bisabolol. Bisabolol is the primary compound in chamomile extract and an active, anti-inflammatory skincare ingredient that's perfect for relieving itchy, eczema-prone skin.
- Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer
- Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate
- Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair
2. Colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa)
An oatmeal bath is a traditional solution for red, angry, and irritated skin. Natural solutions are sometimes overlooked as old wives' tales, but recent research has shown oatmeal to be a very effective treatment for itchy, irritated skin.
'Colloidal oatmeal' is the name given to finely powdered oatmeal. When oatmeal is ground, the active soothing ingredients become available to our skin.
Natural oatmeal contains compounds called 'avenathramides'. These antioxidants have antihistamine properties that help to soothe irritated skin, reducing redness and inflammation. Oatmeal also contains beta-glucans, which improve skin's overall health by locking in moisture, stimulating collagen, and more.
Allantoin is a proven FDA-registered skin protectant with known anti-irritant qualities that's backed by plenty of research. Allantoin is naturally found in the herb comfrey, which is well known to help heal wounded skin. While comfrey contains numerous compounds, it's allantoin that's responsible for these positive skin effects.
Allantoin also helps skin tolerate other ingredients. That means if you've been in contact with something that's triggered an eczema flare-up, products containing allantoin will bring relief.