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Key ingredients to look for when treating eczema and psoriasis

Key ingredients to look for when treating eczema and psoriasis

If you suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, finding a dependable product to soothe your dry, itchy skin can be difficult. With the overwhelming number of ingredients on the market, it can be cumbersome to sort out which products actually work. Let’s have a look at some of the ingredients you should look for in a cream to treat these skin conditions:

  1. Hydrating ingredients: One of the main problems with eczema and psoriasis is that the skin has problems retaining moisture, hence why it can become dry and itchy. Opting for creams that restore moisture back into the skin is key. Choosing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or urea can help to keep the skin supple by attracting and locking in moisture.
  2. Ceramides: Ceramides are natural fat and lipids found in the outer layer of the skin, also known as the epidermis. Looking for creams that contain ceramides to help support your skin’s natural barrier function is essential to keeping it hydrated and healthy.
  3. Anti-inflammatory ingredients: Eczema and psoriasis are both characterized by skin inflammation. A healthy diet is essential in easing inflammation, which can ultimately lead to flare-ups. Opting for products that contain soothing ingredients like oatmeal and chamomile can calm irritated skin by reducing the redness and discomfort. 
  4. Colloidal Oatmeal: Colloidal oatmeal is finely ground oat grain which is used as an emollient to soften and soothe irritated skin

Now that we’ve spoken about key ingredients to look for when treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, it’s also essential to opt for products without alcohol, synthetic fragrances, and other irritating ingredients. Ingredients to avoid are paragons, sulfates, and harsh chemicals like talc and lanolin.

Living with eczema or psoriasis can be extremely uncomfortable, and in some cases can even disrupt daily routines. Choosing the best cream requires some research and understanding on which key ingredients to look for- many of which can be found in our Barrier Repair Antibacterial Hand Cream.