Struggling with itchy and irritated eczema-prone skin? Try these simple tips and eczema creams and skincare products to soothe, rebuild and repair your child’s skin
Looking for eczema creams to help your little one’s eczema or atopic dermatitis? Often, these patches of inflamed, itchy skin can appear red, cracked or rough, and may even have blisters. If you suspect your child has eczema, it’s always best to consult your doctor. If your child’s eczema does not respond to over-the-counter eczema creams or if their condition worsens or if the skin has become infected they may need a stronger prescription-only eczema product or steroids.
Help alleviate eczema symptoms with these tips:
- Bathe your child in soothing lukewarm water
- Use a mild soap or a non-soap cleanser when washing
- After a bath gently pat skin dry with a towel (don’t rub the skin which can irritate it and tear the skin)
- Follow the golden 3-minute rule: “lock in” moisture by applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing
- Moisturise daily with a good skin-barrier-healing moisturiser
- Choose your child’s clothing wisely: avoid rough, synthetic and scratchy fibers in favour of cotton and soft fabrics
- Keep your little one’s fingernails short to prevent their nails from breaking the skin if they scratch too hard.
- Keep a diary of what your child’s eczema triggers and skin irritants might be; these can range from harsh soaps, detergents, shampoos, and disinfectants, to things in their diet like dairy products, eggs, soy and wheat, or allergens like pets and pollen.
What causes eczema?
Unfortunately, the causes of eczema still remain unknown, and there are no cures or treatment options for eczema. However, what can help are eczema creams and products that are designed to help control and minimise inflammation, while moisturising skin and building its natural protective barrier. We’ve sorted out some of the best eczema creams in Singapore, which aim to soothe and minimise symptoms of atopic dermatitis or eczema in order to heal the affected skin and prevent flare-ups of itchiness and other eczema symptoms.
Best eczema creams and eczema skincare in Singapore
Suu Balm is all about handpicked ingredients, each one carefully chosen by Dr. Tey, the expert dermatologist who runs the Itch Clinic at the National Skin Centre in Singapore. The brand has two great products for kids to help soothe skin irritations caused by eczema. A soothing body wash and moisturiser. We know just how diligently everyone’s been washing and sanitising their hands as well as their little ones’ these days, which can cause hands to get dry, cracked and itchy- especially so if your little one has eczema! You can relieve their dryness and itch simply by ensuring that you wash your hands with a gentle, soap-free wash whenever possible and moisturise them with a ceramide-rich moisturiser after each time you wash your hands! The Suu Balm Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser contains cooling and non-drying menthol – fret not as the menthol in the cream is at a suitable dosage – which offers fast itch relief. It also has three times more skin-identical ceramides, which are designed to repair and restore your skin’s natural protective barrier. Not only is it a steroid-free formula, but Suu Balm Kids moisturiser contains zero parabens, preservatives, and fragrances. The head-to-toe wash and moisturiser are the perfect pair to introduce as a two-step routine before bedtime so your little one can get a good night’s sleep.
Eczema creams suitable for: Newborns and for children with dry, itchy or eczema-prone skin.
Find it: Guardian, Watsons & Unity retail stores or online on Shopee, Lazada & Qoo10
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Suu Balm, Tel: (+65) 6814 2836, www.suubalm.com
Kids GainHealth has hand picked parent-approved skincare brands and clinic-exclusive ranges to manage both eczema among children and adults and teenagers’ acne skin conditions. All the products they offer are clinically tested and approved by dermatologists, and have been proven safe for infants to adults. Trusted brands include Trukids and Trubaby, two American children’s skincare brands that have been recommended by National Eczema Association; Ceradan, QV, Asistobe, Physiogel, Bioderma, Sebamed and many other reputable skincare and clinic-exclusive items. Kids GainHealth also has a clinic at Ang Mo Kio under the Gainhealth Brand, and helps parents get prescription medication for their eczema-prone kids and their pre-existing health conditions. The clinic can also get a health screening and specialist referral booking through their telemedicine service.
Eczema skincare suitable for: Multiple products suitable for infants to adults.
Find it: kidsgainhealth.com
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Aveeno has a whole range of eczema skincare for skin that’s prone to eczema, or atopic dermatitis with their Aveeno Baby Dermexa Range. These specially formulated eczema creams and products have been clinically proven to help relieve dry, itchy and irritated eczema-prone infant’s skin. Made with triple oat complex, it promises to keep baby’s skin moisturised for up to 24 hours. It also contains avenanthramides, a concentrated oat extract proven to reduce itching and scratching, oat oil rich in lipids to help strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and ceramides to help prevent the recurrence of extra dry skin.
Eczema skincare suitable for: Babies
Find it: Available at all major retailers.
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Developed in partnership with local dermatologists, AweMed has become a popular brand for their proven itch-relieving formulas. The AweMed spray is often recommended for on-the-go use to relieve itch quickly, while the Repair+ cream is great as an everyday moisturiser and is suitable for babies.
Eczema skincare suitable for: All ages.
Find it: Online.
Exzma Skincare is an all-natural organic and vegan, premium eczema product and psoriasis remedy that’s gentle on the skin while delivering great results. Exzma Skincare’s range of cruelty-free eczema products contains no steroids, no alcohol, and no chemicals, and is formulated in Germany by a team of certified professional aromatherapists. The products are made with handpicked ingredients that are turned into natural essential oil and plant oils – these work to combat physical symptoms.
Rivadouce Dermo by Scenze
Specially formulated for very dry skin with atopic tendency, the Rivadouce Dermo range by Scenze repairs, protects and nourishes the fragile skin barrier of eczema-prone skin. You’ll be glad to know that this range of eczema products is hypoallergenic (skincare tested under dermatological control) and is formulated to minimise the risk of allergic reactions. It’s also paraben and phenoxyethanol-free. The range is made in France with natural extracts of alpine plants as well as water purified by osmosis (in order to eliminate chemicals and anything harmful to the skin including heavy metals, nitrates and pesticides). Wash with the uber gentle Gel Crème Lavante Émollient, followed by hydrating Rivabalm Relipidant Apaisant for calming inflamed and irritated skin; and for protection and repair of broken and irritated skin, try Cica-R and Cold Cream.
Eczema products suitable for: Newborns and older children. The product has been clinically tested for both types of skin.
Find it: Online. (Local shipping is free for orders weighing above 30kg.)
Scenze, 41 Tuas Avenue 13, Singapore 639000, Tel: (+65) 6515 1608, www.scenze.com/collections/rivadouce-dermo
The Salve Co
The botanically-based, kid- and baby-friendly salves by The Salve Co are entirely free from chemicals, toxins, and preservatives. Made from all-natural ingredients and therapeutic grade essential oils, the brand’s range of salves are designed so you can use them on your skin freely. The Salve Co’s diaper salve is ultra-moisturising and 100% natural, while the The Salve Co’s insect repellent, is a non-toxic product that’s completely DEET-free. If your child gets bitten, soothe the irritation with The Salve Co’s insect bite salve which soothes and relieves swelling and discomforts from insect bites, and has Tea Tree elements that keep bacterial infections at bay.
Topicrem AD Emollient Balm has been developed for very dry, sensitive and atopic skin and is suitable for bodies as well as the sensitive faces of infants, children and adults. This eczema cream has been shown to reduce itching by 62.4% during the day and 58% during the night (which means less sleep loss for you and your kids!). Topicrem AD Emollient Balm is a light, non-sticky and non-greasy formula that has been tested under dermatological and pediatric control on atopic skin. There are no parabens, fragrance, silicone, colorants, or alcohol.
Eczema cream suitable for: The whole family.
Find it: At selected Guardian, Unity, Robinsons outlets as well as Ng Teng Fong Hospital and local polyclinics.
Topicrem, Tel: (+65) 6766 3188, www.betime.com.sg/collections/brand-topicrem
QV Skincare is a favourite with local skin specialists. Fun fact: QV stands for Queen Victoria, which is a nod to the brand’s origin – Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Dermatology Department, where the product was first used. The soap-free QV Gentle Wash and highly concentrated moisturising QV Cream are best-selling sensitive skin products in Singapore’s hospitals and are just the thing for dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Take note of the QV Flare Up Wash, it’s what to reach for when eczema is in full force. Unlike soap, this gentle wash cleanses skin without stripping away the skin’s natural oils yet it gets rid of Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria that can aggravate eczema.
Eczema skincare suitable for: Young children or adults.
Find it: Online and at major pharmacies and hospital pharmacies.
QV Skincare, www.qvskincare.com/sg/en
Remember, finding the right eczema creams and products to treat your kids’ eczema is often a trial and error process, so don’t give up mama!