Eczema is a bitch. It’s painful, it’s ugly and so, so frustrating. During my worst flare-ups I am embarrassed to show off my hands because they are so dry and itchy to the point that the skin cracks and bleeds. It’s even worse on the skin between my fingers. I guess I am lucky in a way because the worst signs of eczema are on my hands and not on my face.
Eczema and dermatitis are generic terms for skin inflammation and are often used interchangeably. There are several types of eczema, but the type I suffer with is atopic eczema. This form of eczema often occurs in people who get allergies, hence the word “atopic,” which means sensitivity to allergens.
I am not entirely sure what causes my flare ups, but dish soap makes things worse. I have to drench my hands in lotion if I didn’t wear gloves whilst washing the dishes. I also have to apply hand cream every single time I wash my hands to prevent my hands getting any drier.
I’ve tried topical corticosteroid creams prescribed by doctors, but I never really liked them. I have tried lots of hand creams over the years, both expensive and more affordable, and quite often they will irritate and burn my skin.
However, I have found some gems and I want to share them with you!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
This is an iconic beauty product for a very good reason. The name is a bit misleading because it isn’t actually a cream. It has quite a sticky Vaseline-like texture, but if you have really dry and sensitive hands, lips, heels etc then this is a lifesaver.
Palmers Shea Butter hand cream
I love Palmers Cocoa Butter (mmm the smell), but I also love their shea butter hand cream. Shea butter is amazing for soothing dry skin and the scent is just nom. It’s quite a thick formula (just like the cocoa butter), which I personally enjoy as thinner formulas don’t really do much for me.
The Body Shop Almond Hand and Nail Cream
I enjoy using this for similar reasons as above. Very moisturising and soothing and also smells amazing.
L’Occitane Terre De Lumiere
I have tried and really enjoyed several of L’Occitane gel-like hand creams, but I’m loving this one at the moment. It doesn’t feel greasy or heavy as it quickly absorbs into the skin. Although it is lightly scented, it doesn’t irritate my skin (although I don’t use this during my really bad flare ups). It leaves my hands looking so radiant and beautiful.
Cowshed Cow Pat hand cream
I was initially a little concerned about the scent because scented hand creams tend to irritate my skin. However, it doesn’t burn my skin and I’m over half-way through the tube (I have a mini for my handbag). I don’t opt for this during a bad flare-up.
Do you suffer with eczema? Let me know your favourite hand creams!
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Until next time,