I'm a Beauty Editor With Eczema—These Are the 16 Products I Rate

If you have eczema, I feel your pain—not to mention the itch. Eczema can be a troublesome and painful skin condition and particularly difficult to manage no matter how big or small a flare is. Skincare products that once worked for you now make your skin sting, and trying to find products that won't irritate your sensitive skin can be a long, laborious task—and an expensive one, too.

I've had a number of major eczema flares on my face and body, and what no one tells you about eczema is the sheer cost of trial and error when you're looking for eczema creams that actually work. And when you're in the midst of an eczema flare, you're usually willing to try anything to help soothe your skin. However, trying too many products can also make matters worse, and you can end up in a vicious cycle.


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My skin during an eczema flare.


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My skin post-eczema.

Name a product made for eczema-prone skin, and I've probably tried it. Over the years, I've tried hundreds. However, everyone's skin—and eczema flares—are personal to them. A holy-grail eczema cream that works for one person might not work for another, and what triggers one person's eczema flare might be perfectly tolerable for another person. For me, stress and fragrance can be big triggers for my eczema, so I try to manage this where I can. Seeing my GP, and eventually being referred to see a dermatologist, helped hugely in learning to manage and understand my eczema flares, and I was prescribed creams and ointments that really helped to get the eczema under control. However, I seriously overhauled my skincare routine too, which helped me to repair my skin barrier and bring my skin back to a happy place.


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I've tried and tested lots of different eczema products. These are some of my favourites.

My biggest change was switching over all my skincare. I totally avoided any exfoliating acids, retinoids and vitamin C products, as my skin couldn't tolerate these during a flare. And trust me, as a beauty editor with a cupboard full of fancy serums and creams, it felt like a bit of a punishment. Knowing it was the right thing to do to heal my skin, I instead switched to reliable pharmacy skincare. My dermatologist recommended sticking to fragrance-free skincare and ranges designed for sensitive skin alongside my prescribed steroid creams. Brands such as La Roche-Posay, Avène, Eucerin and CeraVe cater very well to sensitive skin and are mostly affordable, too.


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Ahead, I've listed all the best eczema creams and products. I've tried every single one and can vouch for their effectiveness to help soothe eczema flares without irritating. What's more, most of these products can be picked up in your local pharmacy, but I've also linked them below if you want to stock up.

The Best Eczema Creams That I Rate

1. Avène Cicalfate

2. Vichy Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum

3. Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Cream

4. Curél Intensive Moisture Facial Cream

5. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Moisturising Body Balm Ap+M

6. Avène Tolerance Extrême Emulsion Moisturiser

7. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

8. CeraVe Moisturising Cream

9. Epaderm Ointment

10. Avène Xeracalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Balm Moisturiser

11. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Sensitive Moisturiser

More Eczema Products I Rate

12. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra 8 Face Mist

13. Eucerin Acute Lip Balm

14. La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVmune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF 50+ 

15. Avène Gentle Milk Cleanser

16. Curél Hydrating Water Essence

Up next, If You Have Sensitive Skin, These 19 Sunscreens Are the Very Best

Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.