4 Best Moisturizers for Eczema (That Really Work)
Updated: Sep 21
If you are someone who has been struggling with skin issues pretty much your entire life and have been on the constant hunt for the perfect moisturizer, this one goes out to you. Eczema is a common condition of super dry skin. It’s caused by a combination of genes and triggers that results in red, itchy and painful skin (to put it simply - if you know, you know).
Through many trials and even more breakouts, we have narrowed it down to our favorite products and even some you should absolutely avoid at all costs. Let’s start with our four current favorites:
Okay, this stuff is literally the B O M B. It is so hydrating on your skin and feels like water. If you are feeling hesitant to try this, just do it! You will be glad you did. We recently tried the cream version of this as well and wouldn’t recommend it for people with eczema. The hydration doesn’t last and you can’t feel it instantly like you can with the Aqua Bomb. The key ingredients in this product show exactly why it's our first pick. Squalane: a moisturizing ingredient known to be a source of skin-replenishing fatty acids and antioxidants, panthenol: a form of B vitamin used as a humectant because of its ability to attract and hold moisture, calendula extract: known for its skin-soothing and antioxidant properties, and oat kernel extract: a moisturizing ingredient that helps soothe irritated, dry, sensitive or flaky skin. If you have to pick one moisturizer, pick this one every time. You will never be disappointed.
This item is on the pricey side but if you have the budget for it, splurge baby, splurge. Trust us, you won’t regret it. If you’d rather play it safe, hit up your local Sephora and try out a sample. We can guarantee you’ll be back for more. This product contains Japanese Indigo: known to have soothing and restorative properties, colloidal oatmeal: which acts like a protective, second skin that hydrates and seals in skin’s natural moisture, Sophora japonica: helps restore and revitalize skin’s ability to defend itself from environmental stressors, while visibly improving skin texture and elasticity, and of course, Tatcha's signature Hadasei-3 (a trinity of anti-aging Japanese superfoods born from nourishing green tea, rice, and algae): which restore a healthy-looking, youthful radiance. It’s no wonder why the National Eczema Organization recommends this product!
This one technically isn’t a moisturizer, but it is so good that we had to include it on our list. Similar to Tatcha, Tower 28 has multiple products with the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval. We use this product religiously, first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and another layer right before bed. What’s in it? Hypochlorous acid: which supports and nurtures your body to diminish the appearance of inflammation and bad bacteria, and sodium chloride: which supports the body. We recommend using this hand in hand with another moisturizer on this list!
Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to cost you a ton of money. Cetaphil was one of the first brands most people with eczema started using as beginners who wanted to focus on how to take care of eczema. They even have a moisturizer specifically for eczema, which honestly makes us feel a little heard.
Now that we’ve covered the favorites, it’s time to get into what you should steer clear of. First and foremost, avoid anything with a fragrance. The majority of the time, it is going to irritate your skin. A lot of people recommend the First Aid Beauty moisturizer, but that is one we would say to be wary of. More often than not, the product has caused a reaction due to the chemicals that it’s made and it has burned to the point of having to wash it off. What we do recommend from them is their Coconut Skin Priming Moisturizer ($29)!
Contrary to popular belief, you should also consider steering clear of Drench and Quench by Bliss. Influencers all over social media have been posting about this product and many people have been raving about it as a dupe to the Belief Aqua Bomb, but it’s another one of those products that burn - and it’s not the good tingly burn. What’s causing this? The fragrance.
Your skin is something you shouldn’t mess with. If you are trying to save some money, stick with #4 on the above list, but don’t just buy a dupe for the sake of buying something! Have a moisturizer you love that you don’t see on the list, or see one we recommended that doesn’t work well with your skin? We want to hear about it! Share your products and experiences with us on Instagram @thisisuproar.