Eczema is a skin condition in which your skin's surface becomes inflamed and itchy, according to the Mayo Clinic. Although your skin still needs cleaning, many cleansers contain irritating ingredients that may only make your eczema looking and feeling worse. Opt for an ultra-gentle soap that moisturizes and soothes your skin while washing away oil, debris and other matter.
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
Paula Begoun, skincare expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," says Neutrogena's cleanser is "excellent" for individuals with eczema, rosacea and similar problems. It cleans the skin with a fragrance-free, extra gentle formula that has a lotion-like texture and numerous anti-irritants to soothe the skin. She loved it so much, she gave it her rare "Paula's Pick" award, which designates exceptionally efficacious products.
Stiefel Laboratories Oilatum Cleansing Bar
Stiefel Laboratories' soap comes recommended by the National Eczema Association, which liked it because its gentle formula doesn't irritate skin. Dermstore calls it a "mild soap ideal for dry, sensitive skin." It lifts away dirt and debris while vegetable oils and glycerin help to moisturize and soften your skin. Additional active ingredients include hydroquinone, which can help lighten skin discolorations such as the scars left by eczema, and vitamin C.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil's cleanser performs excellently, according to Begoun. She writes that it's a "dermatologist favorite" because it's extremely gentle and can be used on all kinds of sensitive skin, including on eczema. It includes low levels of detergents and no fragrance, and rinses away without leaving a residue. Begoun notes that its sole drawback is that it doesn't lift away makeup effectively.
Lavera Basis Sensitive Skin Bar
Basis' bar soap is recommended by the National Eczema Association. It's formulated without harsh detergents, synthetic dyes or fragrances to avoid irritating sensitive skin. The manufacturer also adds natural herbal extracts, like aloe vera and chamomile, to help soothe irritated skin, according to Drugstore.com. Simultaneously, natural moisturizers like almond oil and glycerin help soften the skin surface.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
- Mayo Clinic: Eczema
- National Eczema Assocation: Bathing and Moisturizing
- Dermstore: Oilatum
- Drugstore.com: Basis Bar