Eczema: your ideal beauty routine

A large percentage of adults, and an even greater number of children, suffer from eczema, a condition that is synonymous with inflammation and itching. Here are some dermo-cosmetic routines that can relieve your symptoms.

What is eczema?

Eczema is one of the most common types of skin disorders.  Characterized by a non-contagious inflammation of the epidermis (the outer layer of skin), it manifests itself in a number of ways and affects both the immune system and skin cells.

What causes eczema?

While people with chronic dry skin may develop eczema, there is no causal link between the two. The disease seems to be of a genetic nature. However, certain conditions can provoke its appearance. People with eczema are often sensitive to irritants like animal fur, dust, secondary smoke, soaps and chemical products. Some environmental factors can also provoke or aggravate eczema, like wind, extreme heat or cold, pollution, etc.

What are the symptoms?

Irritation, dryness, redness and scaly, patchy sores are among the most frequent symptoms. During a flare-up, certain areas of the body, like the hands, ankles, elbows and knees, become covered in itchy patches and squamous scabs. Some people may also experience blister-like bubbles. Over time, the affected area becomes thicker and dryer and can change in colour.

Qu’est-ce que l’eczéma?

How can the symptoms be relieved?

There is no miracle cure to get rid of eczema. That being said, you can relieve your symptoms by using specially formulated products created for the whole family. Remember that you should always consult a dermatologist if the flare-up is severe or if your skin reacts poorly to treatments.

Trade in your soap for a cleansing oil

Facial or body soaps are too irritating for skin affected by eczema. Instead, rely on emollient cleansing oils that are gentle.

Exomega Control Emollient Shower Oil, 500 ml
A-Derma

Exomega Control Emollient Shower Oil, 500 ml

Gently cleans and soothes atopic skins. Helps rebuild the skin barrier and soothe skin. Delicately scented. Fun texture, fluid. For face and body. Suitable for infant, child, adult. Suitable for skins with atopic tendency.

Atoderm Shower Oil, 1 L
Bioderma

Atoderm Shower Oil, 1 L
Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil, 295 ml
Aveeno

Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil, 295 ml

Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil moisturizes and soothes dry, itchy skin.

Make thermal water your best friend

Thermal water contains a number of soothing and calming properties that offer long-lasting relief and protection for inflamed skin.

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml
Avène

Thermal Spring Water Spray, 300 ml
Thermal Water, 300 ml
Uriage

Thermal Water, 300 ml

Uriage thermal water is a skincare water for daily use, a powerful treatment formulated with trace elements and mineral salts, a source of radiance for your skin. Packaged directly at the source, Uriage thermal water is extracted in a pure environment, protected from pollution.

Thermal Spring Water, 150 ml
La Roche-Posay

Thermal Spring Water, 150 ml

Soothing, softening thermal spring water. Skin that is sensitive and/or irritated by outside factors (sun, dermatological treatments, etc.).

Use a thick, rich cream instead of a light lotion

Emollients are an essential part of a skin-care routine for people with atopic dermatitis. They can limit the impact of irritants and allergens, make your skin feels more comfortable and can even prevent your eczema from flaring up. Stock up on moisturizing balms and apply them on damp skin after your bath or shower. Make sure you use pH-balanced, perfume-free formulas.

Use a thick, rich cream instead of a light lotion
Exomega Control Emollient Balm, 400 ml
A-Derma

Exomega Control Emollient Balm, 400 ml

Anti-scratching* skin care. Emollient balm for newborns, infants, children and adults. Can be used from birth. Fragrance-free. *Due to skin dryness.

Lipikar Baume AP+, 400 ml
La Roche-Posay

Lipikar Baume AP+, 400 ml

Lipid-replenishing soothing balm. Anti-scratching. Extreme dryness. Suitable for sensitive skin, very dry, prone to itching. Also suitable for atopy-prone and allergy-prone skin. Severe dry skin in babies, children, and adults.

Baby Eczema Care Night Balm , 311 g
Aveeno

Baby Eczema Care Night Balm , 311 g

This balm relieves baby's itchy skin before bedtime.

Eczema Care Itch Relief Balm , 311 g
Aveeno

Eczema Care Itch Relief Balm , 311 g

Only Aveeno has harnessed the soothing power of Active Naturals colloidal oatmeal to create a protective balm that intensely moisturizes and helps relieve dry, itchy, irritated skin due to eczema without leaving a greasy feeling behind.

Use healing creams

Products formulated with sucralfate, copper or zinc sulfates and thermal water can heal, calm and soothe your skin. They help treat eczema flare-ups and dry skin and they can be used by both adults and children.

Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment, 57 g
Eucerin

Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment, 57 g

Clinically tested to provide relief of dry & itchy eczema-prone skin due to dryness. Eucerin Eczema Relief flare-up treatment provides an immediate solution for eczema prone skin. Unique formula with oatmeal, ceramide 3 and licochalcone A. The oatmeal helps relieve the itching due to eczema and ceramide-3 and licochalcone A help relieve dry skin irritation.

A few extra tips

  • After you bathe or shower, dry your skin with a soft towel by dabbing it gently; avoid rubbing or scrubbing your body with the towel!
  • Try your best to avoid scratching the affected areas and consider wearing gloves to bed.
  • Take the necessary steps to prevent flare-ups: maximize your protection against UV rays and other environmental aggressions, reduce stress in your life, quit smoking, etc.
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Eczema: your ideal beauty routine

A large percentage of adults, and an even greater number of children, suffer from eczema, a condition that is synonymous with inflammation and itching. Here are some dermo-cosmetic routines that can relieve your symptoms.
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