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What Skin Care Ingredients Soothe Eczema?

What skin care ingredients are good for eczema? Westlake Village-area patients dealing with the problem often ask us about it at the Pierre Skin Care Institute.

While the best information and plan of care will come from a consultation, it is important to know a few strategies and facts about eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. The condition is associated with itchy, dry skin that occurs in blotches with cracking and blistering. Since the skin on the face is so thin and sensitive, it is a common area for eczema rashes to develop. When you have eczema, your skin lacks the necessary moisture to protect it against allergens and environmental stressors, so selecting the right type of moisturizer can help you manage flare-ups and treat the condition. The right skin care routine can help support the healthy functioning of your skin, so it’s important to maintain this routine every day and not just during flare-ups.

Patients who have this chronic skin condition should consider adding the following ingredients to their at-home routines to help them cope better. Rich, heavier moisturizers containing ingredients that draw in moisture and protect the skin will work best.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a gooey, gelatinous substance commonly used to provide relief for sunburn and can also be beneficial for eczema. It is a gentle, natural moisturizer that can hydrate and soothe skin damaged by eczema. The gel is rich in antioxidants and supports the regeneration of damaged skin when applied topically. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, immune-boosting and wound-healing properties.

Aloe vera is rich in antioxidants and supports the regeneration of damaged skin.

Niacinamide

Niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3, is known for its moisturizing abilities. This ingredient supports healthy functioning of the skin and DNA repair. Niacinamide helps the skin retain moisture and is anti-inflammatory. It also may help to reduce redness caused by eczema.

Niacinamide, a type of vitamin B3, is known for its moisturizing abilities.

Ceramides

Ceramides are fat molecules contained in the outer layer of skin to moisturize and protect it. If you have eczema, your skin will be deficient in these fatty acids, so there is a high level of transepidermal water loss and dryness. Replenish ceramides with over-the-counter moisturizers to help protect your skin.

To learn more about this chronic skin condition and the skin care ingredients that help treat eczema, feel free to contact our Westlake Village-based Pierre Skin Care Institute.

A highly respected authority in medical and cosmetic dermatology, Thousand Oaks dermatologist Dr. Peterson Pierre offers a wide variety of procedures at the Pierre Skin Care Institute, including both ablative and non-ablative laser techniques to treat sun damage and wrinkles. Dr. Pierre’s priority is to achieve the most natural results with the greatest degree of patient comfort. He administers all laser and injectable treatments at the practice.

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