More than 30 million people in the United States suffer from eczema, a skin condition that contributes to dryness and inflammation of the skin as seen with patches of raised bumps. Eczema can affect the face, arms, and legs among other parts of the body. It is more common in children than adults and African American children are disproportionately affected. With eczema, the skin is less able to retain moisture and the skin does not serve as a preventative barrier for the penetration of unhealthful particles.
What helps? There are various levels of severity and you may want to consult a medical expert. According to experts keeping the skin hydrated is important, as well as moisturizing within three minutes after bathing or showering. Reapplying moisturizer throughout the day is also essential. Furthermore, heavy moisturizers with a lot of oil work best, and ones that are free of fragrance, dye, and paraben. Examples of helpful ingredients include coconut and jojoba oil, and Shea butter. It is also recommended that individuals affected with eczema use a mild soap or cleanser that does not dry the skin. The soap should not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
Liquid laundry detergents are said to leave less of a residue on fabric, and using SLS free laundry detergents may help control eczema. Dryer balls as a fabric softer are considered safer than fabric dryer sheets.
In this post, the focus is on products that we perceive to help with eczema based on product descriptions. This includes soaps, body moisturizers, and laundry detergents. See the descriptions and links below for further details.
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- Garner’s Garden (advertisement) offers an eczema relief soap that is cold processed and made with organic dill and coconut oil. A calendula and aloe soap is also available which is cold processed.
- Lizzie’s All Natural Products (advertisement) offers several goods to help with eczema including the following:
- An eczema butter (scented and unscented) made with sea buckthorn oil, colloidal oats (oatmeal), coconut oil, and unrefined Shea butter among other healthful ingredients;
- The eczema butter as a 3 jar bundle that saves you money;
- An eczema oil (scented and unscented) made with sea buckthorn oil, oat extract, and liquid coconut oil among other healthful ingredients;
- The eczema oil as a 3 bottle bundle at a discount;
- A chemical free liquid laundry detergent made with soap nuts and aloe vera that is available in 2 sizes; and
- A set 3 wool dryer balls.
- A laundry detergent and wool dryer ball gift set is also available.
- NaturesBeautiBar (advertisement) offers an unscented whipped body butter made with refined Shea butter, jojoba, and vitamin E oil. A premium tumeric Shea butter cleansing soap is also available that is made with Shea butter, turmeric powder and turmeric oil.
- Soap and Butters LA offers an eczema relief butter for the face and body. It is made with hempseed oil, honey, and Shea among others.
- Akoyn Beauty offers a “Skin I’m In” whipped hydrating balm made with calendula oil, daikon seed extract, jojoba oil among other healthful ingredients.
- Belle Amé offers an eczema butter made with organic Shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E among other healthful ingredients.
- Bijoux’s Basket offers a remedié eczema & dry skin healing balm made with hemp, Shea butter, and coconut oil among other healthful ingredients.
- Dr. Nancy’s Body Soul Essentials offers an acne, eczema, & rash ointment made with aloe vera, sclerotium gum, tea tree among other oils.
- Nyraju Skincare offers an extreme cream for African American skin made with Shea butter, coco butter, and mango butter.
- The Butterbar Skincare offers an oats and green tea kit made with colloidal oats, green tea and more. The kit includes a cleanser and moisturizer.
- The Shea Shack offers eczema care products that include an oatmeal soap made with organic oats and an eczema cream made with Shea butter, coconut oil, and more.
- Yadain Cultural Solutions offers an eczema repair soap made with vitamins F, E, coconut oil and more. An eczema mitigation and restore kit is also available that includes a cleanser and moisturizing sealer. These items are also sold separately.
In reviewing these eczema products I hope you find one or more than work for you!
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- Barrell, Amanda. “Eczema on black skin: What to know.” 29 April, 2019. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325066#summary
- Clarke, Ashton. “Should you use Shea butter for eczema?” 30 January, 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/shea-butter-for-eczema#treatment
- Higuera, Valencia. “Essential oils for severe eczema.” 12 July, 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/severe-eczema/essential-oils
Mohammed, Yousuf. “What is sodium lauryl sulfate and is it safe to use?” 8 December, 2019. https://theconversation.com/what-is-sodium-lauryl-sulfate-and-is-it-safe-to-use-125129
- National Eczema Association. “Alternative eczema treatments from natural oils to elimination diets.” https://nationaleczema.org/alternative-treatments-dr-shi/
- National Eczema Association. “Controlling eczema by moisturizing.” https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/moisturizing/
- National Eczema Association. “Laundry care for people with eczema.” https://nationaleczema.org/laundry-care-for-people-eczema/
- Soong, Jennifer. “The dirty dozen: The 12 most common skin irritants.” 13 September, 2011. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/dirty-dozen#1