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Looking For Eczema Treatment Over The Counter - Try Aveeno

Updated on July 8, 2011

Why Aveeno is a Good Over The Counter Eczema Treatment

If you or someone in your family has eczema, you have probably tried more over the counter eczema treatment products than you can remember. Some may have worked, many probably didn't, and some may even have made the problem worse.

Aveeno products, such as the Aveeno daily moisturising lotion, are not advertised as eczema treatments, but many sufferers have found them to be one of the few things which work. Aveeno uses colloidal oats in its products, and oats have been famed for being skin friendly since the time of the Egyptians. In addition to their moisturising ability, colloidal oats also have an anti-itch property, making them perfect for the treatment of eczema.

The term Eczema covers a range of skin conditions which causes skin to become red, painful and incredibly itchy. There are several different types of Eczema, some of which have known causes such as 'irritant contact dermatitis' which is caused by exposure to irritants.

One of the more common types of this skin condition is Atopic Eczema.

Atopic Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Eczema, also called Atopic Dermatitis can appear on any part of the body and very common in the bends of elbows and the backs of knees, though it can also appear on the hands, face, eyelids ~ anywhere really. It is a condition which causes the skin to become red, inflamed, itchy and cracked. While Atopic Eczema can resolve itself this only tends to happen in young children - for most people it is a life-long condition for which treatment is about control rather than cure.


Emollients versus Aqueous Cream

Many Eczema sufferers have trigger points i.e. things they know can set of an attack. These can include things like being tired or being under stress, so trying to keep these triggers under control is a must.

One of the most common and successful Eczema remedies (especially for mild attacks) are emollient creams (moisturisers) which re-hydrate the skin - but not all moisturizers are the same.

Diverting slightly to a personal viewpoint I have always had mild Eczema and until I was 30 treated it with with small amounts of hydrocortisone cream in line with the size of the patches. At 30 (and maybe due to the shock of reaching the early stages of middle age) I had a very severe bout that needed steroids to try and knock it on the head. While they worked they weren't something I wanted to continue with so I started making my way through the eczema treatment over the counter options.

I started with moisturising creams in the dry skin sections of chemist shops, but found that far from improving my eczema, many of them made it worse. It turned out what I was buying were Aqueous creams, which, although happily on sale next to other dry skin cream, are just about the worse thing you can use on eczema.

Aqueous cream, while containing all the ingredients necessary to make a great moisturiser, also contains sodium lauryl sulphate which is a detergent. As detergents are by nature meant to dissolve / remove dirt and grease this makes it a bad thing to leave on skin for any length of time. In fact a recent study by researchers from the University of Bath showed that prolonged used of Aqueous cream (left in contact with the skin) can cause thinning of the skin and increase water loss. This does not mean you should abandon Aqueous cream, skin experts sill recommend it as a good soap substitute, but not as a moisturiser.

It was at this point I discovered Aveeno Daily Moisturising Cream - and what a revelation that was. Thick, cooling and soothing this cream worked like a dream and still does, many years later.

Aveeno Skin Care Products

Aveeno skin care products are a range of oils, lotions and moisturisers made with natural ingredients including shea butter and colloidal oats, a finely ground oat powder which acts as a natural exfoliant whilst also sealing moisture into the skin. Oats are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation.

Shea Butter contains both A and E Vitamins and has moisturising meaning it reduces water loss from the surface of the skin while allowing the skins to retain its natural oils.

Finding a good eczema treatment over the counter is worth shouting about and now that Aveeno is fairly widely available in pharmacies, large stores, supermarkets and online I would recommend that if you know anyone who suffers with eczema you tell them about it. You could be doing them a big favour.

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