Finding a moisturiser which helps your little one’s eczema can be challenging. We all know that moisturising will help manage our little one’s eczema by putting hydration back into the skin and improving the skin’s natural barrier function. But, often one moisturiser won’t work as well as another and these results can be different again with different children. Choosing a good moisturiser for eczema doesn’t all have to be about trial and error though. There are some properties to look for when choosing a moisturiser for eczema which should get better results.
tips for choosing a good moisturiser for eczema
- Thicker moisturisers, also known as ointments, are the most effective in hydrating the skin. This is because they take a long time to evaporate because they have hardly any water in them. They form the best barrier to lock in moisture which means your little one’s skin will be moisturised and hydrated for a long period of time.
- Additives and unnatural preservatives found in some moisturises can irritate and sting the skin and even cause reactions in some people.
- Look at where water (aqua) is listed on the ingredients list. If it is one of the first ingredients listed this means water is the main or one of the main ingredients. Moisturisers which have a lot of water in them are not very effective for eczema and dry skin conditions because they evaporate quickly which means they don’t have time to lock in moisture and hydrate the skin.
how to start using a new moisturiser for eczema
- If you know your little one is allergic to a particular ingredient check the label before you buy.
- The first time you use a new product you should patch test – this goes for all natural products to make sure there isn’t any reaction. To patch test apply a small amount of moisturiser on the inside of your little one’s elbow. Watch the area for 24 hours looking for any signs of an allergic reaction such as increased redness, rash or itching.
when is the best time to moisturise eczema skin?
Moisturises work the best for eczema when they are applied to skin which has been soaked in water and is still a little but wet or damp. This means straight after you have gently patted your little one dry out of their itchy baby bath apply itchy baby moisturiser immediately. This routine will lock in the most amount of moisture into your little one’s skin which plays a huge part in managing your little one’s eczema.
This blog post was brought to you and your bub with love and care by Julia and the itchy baby co. team x
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only and you should always consult your medical professional