In this day and age, eczema is such a common occurrence in babies and kids and environmental stresses have played a huge role in accelerating it. According to the Singapore Medical Journal 2017, 8% to 23% of children aged 6 to7 years old had atopic eczema and 10% to 14% of pre-schoolers aged 4 to 6 years old had chronic eczema. Also known as atopic dermatitis because of its tendency to be genetic, it appears as red, dry patches on cracked skin and can sometimes bleed. This is particularly similar to adult eczema. The main areas affected by eczema are elbows, face, neck, hands, and back. With our ever so hot and humid climate, eczema can get very uncomfortable for the little ones to the point where it might affect their sleep. What’s worse is that infection can occur if your kiddos start scratching on those itchy spots! While eczema is not curable, it can be effectively managed and controlled. We’ve rounded up the best skin relief creams formulated for the young ones that’ll soothe irritated skin and ease their discomfort.
Eczema prone patients tend to have a raised skin pH which leads to a lack of physiological lipids production. Studies have shown that the ratio of 3:1:1 between the different types of lipids is optimal for skin barrier repair. Ceradan is a scientifically designed ceramide-dominant moisturizer with the lipid ratio of 3:1:1 that helps replenish the lacking ceramide in atopic dermatitis skin. It's safe to use on babies and kids with dry, irritated, and sensitive skin. Price: 80ml SG$49.90. Available at Watsons and other leading pharmacies, and clinics.
Designed for mild eczema, Little Bodies is an effective solution for young children and babies to enjoy the outdoors and day-to-day activities without feeling uncomfortable due to their sensitive skin conditions. The Skin Relief Cream is a non-steroidal treatment that relieves and calms troubled skin such as itching and dryness. Fortified with natural ingredients, the Skin Relief Cream has a balanced blend of Colloidal Oatmeal, Aloe Vera, Peppermint Oil as well as Calendula Tincture which will help soothe irritated skin such as mild rashes and flare-ups. The Skin Relief Cream has been clinically tested to work faster than 1% hydrocortisone cream to relieve itching, redness, and swelling. For full protection, include Little Bodies Skin Relief Wash and Shampoo in your little ones' skincare regime. Price: 56g SG$17.90. Available at Watsons retail stores and e-store.
Little Bodies, littlebodies.com.au
Developed by the National Skin Centre, Singapore, Suu Balm™'s range of products specifically for eczema-prone skin is highly effective in relieving itchy and scaly skin. Their Suu Balm™ Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving and Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser is gentle yet quick to relieve itchiness on sensitive and dry skin. It restores the skin barrier and moisturizes the skin. The secret ingredient in their products? Menthol, which acts by cooling the skin and triggering receptors in the nerves in the skin, blocking the transmission of itch signals to the brain. This light, non-sticky, and steroid-free cream is suitable for kids of all ages. Price: 75ml SG$29.90. Available online at Suu Balm™ and Watsons.
Suu Balm™, suubalm.com/en
Australian made and owned, Cherub Rubs products are made from natural, high-quality ingredients. Their Skin Soothe, formulated with aloe vera, centella and calendula oils, helps soothe and revitalize both baby and adult's skin. It also contains witch hazel, which has mild antiseptic properties that's perfect to relieve scrapes and insect bites. So even if your little ones do not have eczema, this little magic in a bottle will calm mozzie bites and any itchy ailments. Lovely. Price: 100ml SG$18.56. Available online at Pupsik Studio.
Cherub Rubs, cherubrubs.com.sg/product/skin-soothe
Packed with a thoughtfully selected combination of ingredients like calming Shiso extract, soothing Aloe Vera, and recovery boosting Spent Grain Wax, Buds Super Soothing Rescue Lotion is great for your kids' sore, irritated eczema-prone skin. What sets this lotion apart from others is that its base consists of lush Jojoba, Sunflower, and Inca Inchi oils that'll comfort little bubs and also a god-send for adults with eczema. Price: 50ml SG$24.80. Available online at Agapebabies.
Bud Cosmetics Singapore, www.budcosmetics.com/product/buds-super-soothing-rescue-lotion-50ml-2/
Suitable for those with atopic eczema-prone skin, babies, and kids, the Physiogel Calming Relief A.I. Cream is clinically proven to strengthen and repair the skin’s moisture barrier. It contains PEA (Palmitamide MEA), a naturally occurring lipid compound that may act as an antioxidant and anti-irritant. For long-lasting relief, this cream does the job well and it also promotes prolonged moisturization that'll make the skin less sensitive. Price: 50ml SG$26.90. Available online at Watsons and in-store.
Developed by dermatologists for babies with eczema, the Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream contains Natural Colloidal Oatmeal that helps protect and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and prevent dryness. Fragrance-free, dye-free, paraben-free, and phthalate-free, this cream also temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching. Price: 206g SG$25.90. Available online at Pupsik Studio (Buy 1 Get 1 Free!)
Babyganic's exclusive formula for their eczema cream contains an antioxidant-rich combination of five cold-pressed seed oils (NeoNourish® Seed Oil Blend) and soothing oats that are clinically proven to comfort, calm, and protect. Formulated without cortisone, steroids, parabens, phthalates, or fragrances - it's as clean as clean can be. Its non-allergenic formula is pediatrician and dermatologist tested, not tested on animals. Price: 226g SG$29.48. Available online at Amazon.sg.
Known for their top-notch baby care products, Mustela's Stelatopia range is fabulous as well. Its key ingredient is Avocado Perseose®, which strengthens the skin’s natural defenses and preserves its cellular resources. It also restores the damaged skin barrier of atopic-prone skin. Suitable for newborn onwards, the emollient cream has a fluid texture feels soft and comfortable. Plus, it spreads and penetrates easily, enabling quick dressing of your little one. Price: 200ml SG$38.50. Available online at Mothercare.
Hailing from Korea, the Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream was originally formulated to treat the atopic dermatitis conditions (aka eczema) of their founder’s own sons. The cream's star ingredient, Multi-Lamellar Emulsion, is exceedingly gentle and works efficiently to repair the skin’s own lipid layer thus allowing the skin to function well and repair your little one's skin conditions without fear of an adverse reaction or discomfort. Price: 100ml SG$37. Available online at Redmart.
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