13 Beauty Products To Use If You’re Prone To Eczema Or Psoriasis
Helping our skin to, respectfully, calm the eff down.
Not to be dramatic but a skin flare up is up there as one of the most annoying things ever. Just when you feel like you’ve nailed a skincare routine and your skin is happy and healthy, little miss eczema and psoriasis enter the chat. And while those of us who suffer from these skin conditions will know that they never technically go away, there are ways to keep the flare ups at bay and keep the skin calm and balanced.
So, whether the flare up was triggered by the change (and change and change) in weather or using a little too many actives (goodbye, healthy skin barrier), it’s important to know that a flare up is just that and is temporary. But there are products we can use to help our skin speed up the recovery process. Here, we roundup 13 beauty products to use if you’re prone to eczema or psoriasis. Spoiler: ceramides are your best friend.
La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum
We shouldn’t have to choose between calming the skin and a serum that actually works. So, allow us to introduce you to La Roche Posay’s Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum. An anti-inflammation serum that works to intensely hydrate the replump ageing skin with vitamin B5, madecassoside and glycerin, this guy is a real hard worker. Also designed to target wrinkles, loss of volume and elasticity, you can get all the skincare benefits of a serum with none of the irritation.
Dr Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
When a serum is described as the “antidote to irritated, red and inflamed skin”, you know it’s going to be perfect for soothing a complexion that is prone to eczema or psoriasis. The Dr Barbara Sturm Calming Serum works to strengthen the skin’s natural defences which, in turn, minimises sensitised reactions. Formulated with purslane, balloon vine and panthenol, this serum will soothe angry skin like no other.
The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment
One of the main causes of an eczema or psoriasis flare up is a disrupted skin barrier. Enter: The Inkey List’s Ceramide Night Treatment. A night treatment that helps the skin’s epidermis feel rehydrated, supple and protected, the formula contains a 3 per cent blend of ceramides to calm, rebuild and nourish. Think of it like a big, warm hug for your skin.
Avène Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream
When the skin is experiencing an eczema or psoriasis flare up, think of it as though it’s begging you for hydration (but without the nasties like fragrance, artificial ingredients and without actives). Avène’s Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream is the perfect low maintenance (and affordable) moisturiser to get your skin back to its calm, balanced self. The combination of copper sulfate and zinc sulfate also helps to reduce bacterial proliferation so the flare up is kept at bay. Genius!
Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream
The French just get skin. So, of course, we couldn’t go past the Gallinée Hydrating Face Cream for nourishing and protecting an unhappy complexion. Formulated with a triple probiotic complex of pre-, pro- and postbiotics to nurture and replenish the skin, this bad boy also contains lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin at the same time. Yep, that means that gnarly, unwanted skin texture left after a flare up is a thing of the past.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturising Cream
Something about goat milk in skincare just sounds calming, right? Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Moisturising Cream is perfect if you’re looking for a thicker moisturiser option with eczema and psoriasis come to town. Formulated with grapeseed oil, vitamin E, jojoba and avocado oil, this moisturiser works to repair the skin’s natural lipid barrier and restore pH levels to reduce redness and irritation.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
If you’re anything of a TikTok fanatic, it’s likely you’ll be familiar with the iconic CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. Recommended by dermatologists all over the world as being one of the best cleansers for irritated or angry skin, this formula is seriously superior. Featuring three types of essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to cleanse the skin while also restoring hydration and balance by not stripping essential oils, this cleanser is also under $15. What a high achiever!
Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
If you’re less of a cream-based cleanser kind of gal and prefer a gel consistency, then the Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel is for you. A soothing facial wash that is formulated with sensitive skin in mind, the gel is designed to effectively cleanse while reducing irritation and inflammation. It also doesn’t leave the skin with any tightness or discomfort which can be the downfall of many gel formulas.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Lazy girls raise your hands! We all have those days (and nights) when a double cleanse is just not on the agenda but we still want to cleanse, remove makeup and soothe the skin before hitting the hay. If this sounds like you, The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is bound to be a favourite. Formulated to target makeup removal while leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturised, the cleanser is efficient at dissolving impurities while still nourishing the skin.
Yours Only Coat
A face and body moisturiser designed to give dry-to-extra-dry skin a much-needed drink, Yours Only Coat is as soothing as it is hydrating. Working hard to repair and protect the skin for up to 24 hours, this formula is the saviour your dramatic skin needs. Oh, and did we mention it comes in recyclable packaging?
Shop now: Yours Only Coat, $42 from Yours Only
Bioderma Atoderm Créme
Unfortunately, eczema or psoriasis flare ups are not exclusive to the face and, sometimes, the body can suffer just as much. Bioderma’s Atoderm Créme is a great option for deeply hydrating body care that won’t break the bank and won’t exacerbate any skin irritation. The fragrance-free, hypoallergenic body lotion works to nourish, hydrate and protect the skin while also helping to increase its tolerance to external aggressors so future flare ups are few and far between.
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
If you’re in the market for a luxury body care product that will also work, the Augustinus Bader The Body Cream is about as good as you can get. Working to intensely hydrate, nourish and condition the skin with the brand’s exclusive TFC8 technology, the formula helps to promote healthy skin barrier function which keeps all those nasty irritants out.
Nécessaire The Body Wash Fragrance Free
Finding a body wash that doesn’t irritate skin prone to eczema and psoriasis flare ups can be a real challenge. But Nécessaire’s The Body Wash Fragrance Free formula is out to make said challenge a whole lot easier. Calling on mild, plant-derived surfactants to gently cleanse the skin without stripping or leaving residue, the formula cleans the skin while nourishing to ensure there is no added irritation.
Okay, so not technically a beauty product but if we’re thinking about what we’re putting on our skin in the shower/at the basin, we should probably consider what sits on the skin all day long. INTACT is an Australian merino wool brand that not only makes some seriously chic basics but also designs clothes with eczema sufferers front of mind. After all, merino wool has been shown to significantly reduce symptoms or eczema sufferers. Run, don’t walk!
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