Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment
Eucerin’s Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment has the foundations of a good cream for very dry, irritated skin – except it includes one ingredient that makes the whole concept fall apart.
Packaged in an opaque squeeze tube, this creamy moisturizer instantly makes skin feel soothed and hydrated. It also absorbs quickly without a greasy feel. Its active ingredient is colloidal oatmeal, long used to treat dry, flaky, inflamed skin.
Backing that up are rich moisturizers including mineral and castor seed oils, along with calming licorice extract and a skin-strengthening ceramide.
Had Eucerin stopped there, it would have had a basic yet effective moisturizer for the condition it’s intended to treat. However, this also includes menthoxypropanediol, a synthetic menthol derivative. While it’s true that it’s not here in great amounts (it’s not something you can readily detect), it’s still problematic – especially for a product designed to treat reactive skin!
Skip this, and select a better option from our list of body creams we recommend.
- Contains soothing colloidal oatmeal and licorice extract.
- Includes moisturizing mineral and castor seed oils.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Menthoxypropanediol has strong potential to irritate skin.
Eucerin’s Eczema Relief Flare-Up Treatment provides immediate soothing relief for itching, minor irritation, and dryness due to eczema flare-ups.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely distributed; fragrance-free cleansers; some good body washes and body moisturizers; widely available.
Weaknesses: Anti-redness products that added questionable ingredients instead of increasing the anti-inflammatory agents; nothing for acne-prone skin; jar packaging; some standard body lotions that are OK for dry skin but "OK" isn't good enough.
This drugstore staple line claims to be dermatologist-preferred skin care, but any dermatologist who recommends this line in its entirety without reservation needs a crash course in what skin really needs to be protected and look its best.
There are some basic products that a dermatologist would want to consider, but Eucerin falls short in products to address acne. Further, their latest facial skincare products aren't keeping pace with what industry frontrunners are doing in an effort to create elegant, effective products. For example, serums from Olay, Neutrogena, and Aveeno have much more interesting formulations, while moisturizers from many other drugstore lines (including Nivea, which is owned by Eucerin parent company Beiersdorf) include a greater complement of antioxidants and ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin. Eucerin is making some strides here, though, which is an encouraging sign.
A major pro for this line is that all of the products are fragrance-free. Although that's helpful for all skin types, it certainly isn't compelling enough for dermatologists to green-light this line without cautions about which products to avoid.
For more information about Eucerin, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.eucerin.com.
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