Struggling with itchy and irritated eczema-prone skin? Try these simple tips and eczema products to soothe, rebuild and repair your skin
It can be upsetting to see your child suffer from 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 products or if their condition worsens or if the skin has become infected they may need a stronger prescription-only product or steroids. You can also try help alleviate symptoms by trying 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.
Unfortunately, the causes of eczema still remain unknown, and there are no cures or treatment options for eczema. However, what can help are eczema 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 products 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 products 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. The Suu Balm Kids Dual Soothing & Moisturising Head-to-Toe Wash has five times more moisturising ingredients, including Shea Butter, that are helpful in soothing delicate skin. It matches your skin’s healthy pH levels and has a rich, creamy texture that makes for a luxurious bath time experience. Additionally, the body wash is 100% soap and sulfate-free, which makes it gentle on sensitive and eczema-prone skin.
The Suu Balm Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser contains cooling and non-drying menthol – fret not, mama, 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, 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.
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Suu Balm, Tel: (+65) 6814 2836, www.suubalm.com
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, with no worries. The Salve Co’s diaper salve is ultra-moisturising and 100% natural, which helps restore your little one’s natural skin barrier. It also effectively soothes angry and agitated diaper rash, thanks to the addition of calendula.
Heading outdoors with the kiddos? Consider slathering on The Salve Co’s insect repellent, which is a non-toxic product that’s completely DEET-free. It’s infused with 100% pure therapeutic citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils, it keeps annoying bugs at bay and exudes a pleasant, citrusy aroma. If your child gets bitten, soothe the irritation with The Salve Co’s insect bite salve. It soothes and relieves swelling and discomforts from insect bites, and has Tea Tree elements that keep bacterial infections at bay. Calendula oil and a moisturising base of natural butters keep their skin healthy and supple, too!
Suitable for: Children and those with eczema-prone skin
Find it: Online
Aveeno has a whole range for skin that’s prone to eczema, or atopic dermatitis with their Aveeno Baby Dermexa Range. These specially formulated products have been clinically proven to help relieve dry, itchy and irritated eczema-prone infant’s skin. 100% of patients report seeing an improvement in skin hydration after 12 weeks, with everyday use.* This results in smooth, moisturised and healthy-looking skin for baby. The Aveeno Baby Dermexa Range is uniquely formulated with triple oat complex, delivering up to nine times the antioxidant power to strengthen the skin barrier and keep your baby’s skin moisturised for 24 hours. This helps your little one’s natural skin barrier rebuild. It also conains 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. Aveeno Dermexa Moisturizing Cream helps relieve the five signs of dry, eczema-prone skin (itch, redness, roughness, scaling and tightness).
Suitable for: Babies
Find it: Available at all major retailers.
*Multicentric study on subjects with eczema. PECZ2010 – 1696
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. For instance, virgin olive oil moisturises, Palmarosa oil is antiseptic, Geranium oil is anti-inflammatory and Vitamin E oil is scar-reducing. Additionally, the blends of essential oils have also been chosen to help soothe mental symptoms and triggers of eczema such as stress, and anxiety. Exzma Relief Gel gives instant relief from itchiness, Exzma Relief Oil treats flare-ups and wounds as well as strengthens the skin barrier and Exzma & Psoriasis Premium Relief Balm keeps skin hydrated, minimises scars and guards skin from future flare-ups by creating a protective layer over skin.
Suitable for: Adults and little ones. There are special ranges for both.
Find it: Online
QV Skincare is a favourite with local skin specialists. If you have eczema-prone skin, chances are you will have been recommended the QV Skincare as it’s often recommended by local dermatologists. 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. QV Flare Up Wash is also suitable for cleaning small patches of skin when a full bath is not possible or practical. The QV Flare Up Cream is a handbag essential! QV Flare Up Cream is an emollient cream which restores skin hydration, while providing anti-irritant benefits. This skin-saver cream contains povidone which acts as an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory and stops that constant itching, while glycerol helps improve the skin’s suppleness, decreases roughness, and aids the skin’s barrier function.
Suitable for: Young children or adults.
Find it: Online and at major pharmacies and hospital pharmacies.
QV Skincare, www.qvskincare.com/sg/en
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.
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
Topicrem AD Emollient Balm has been developed for very dry, sensitive and atopic skin and is suitable for bodies as well as sensitive faces for the whole family: infants, children and adults. The fragrance-free formula contains pine oil, rich in omega 3 and 6 to restore the hydrolipidic film of the skin and allantoin to soothe itching and irritated skin. In fact, this 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.
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