Some people ask, what is the best eczema cream or best eczema lotion? Well that is a very difficult question to answer because of several factors. First it depends on what stage your eczema is in at the time. I can attest that in regards to my atopic dermatitis, if it has broken out into a full-fledged skin rash, the only thing that will help is using my prescription cream. If I catch it early enough using a non-prescription lotion or cream will help keep it at bay. Second, what time of year is it? I find I can use different types of products at different times of the year, for example I prefer creams in the colder months where a lotions works great in warmer weather. Thirdly, it depends where the outbreak is located. For eczema on face, I would use a different type of product than if the skin rash is on my arms, and I may even use a different product for eczema on hands. In addition to those factors, I would treat severe eczema differently as well. Hence the reason I am starting the Favorite of the Month series, similar to a Flavor of the Month at Baskin Robbins, only not as tasty.
For the month of March I was happy to use a product called Vanicream Moisturizing Cream. It is a bit pricier than regular lotions but well worth the money. This will definitely be included in my favorites of the year list. It is super rich and creamy yet it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. There’s nothing worse than your clothes actually being stuck to your skin with what feels like glue.
It is very easy to apply and it lasts for a while on your skin which is nice so you don’t need to reapply frequently. It absorbs quickly which is convenient; who has a half an hour to sit and wait for a product to dry so that they can finally get dressed. Not I and probably not you (but if you do, more power to you).
The manufacturer describes the products below:
- Fragrance-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, formaldehyde-free
- Dermatologist recommended
- Non-irritating, non-staining
- Soothes red, irritated, cracking or itchy skin
- Soothes and retards the blistering of sunburn
- Use as a night cream and for massage
- Apply as needed to face, hands, feet and body
- Apply after bathing, showering, swimming or sun exposure
- Apply before exposure to wind or cold
- Beneficial in skin problems such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, ichthyosis, and winter itch which may be aggravated by lack of moisture
- Used as a compounding base by physicians and pharmacists
- Free of common chemical irritants
The ingredients as listed on the package are purified water, white petrolatum, sorbitol solution, cetearyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ceteareth-20, simethicone, glyceryl monostearate, polyethylene glycol monostearate, sorbic acid and BHT.
I highly recommend this cream as an eczema treatment and I would consider using their