Tuesday, November 21

What kinds of skin creams work best for eczema?

Finding relief for the discomfort of atopic dermatitis, a common form of eczema, can be a daily challenge. This skin condition, characterized by inflammation and itching, can disrupt sleep, social activities, and various aspects of daily life.

If simple remedies like gentle cleansing and regular moisturizing don't offer relief, your healthcare provider might suggest a prescription cream for your skin. A recent study has narrowed down the most effective options for managing atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is a persistent inflammatory skin disease that often affects areas like the face, hands, feet, or skin folds behind the elbows or knees. The exact cause is uncertain, with factors like genetics, the environment, and an overactive immune system contributing to inflammation and persistent itching. The notorious itch-scratch cycle worsens the rash, causing tearing, oozing, and crusting, which can be painful.

The study, evaluating over 200 trials involving more than 43,000 people with atopic dermatitis, sheds light on the effectiveness of various prescription creams and ointments. These treatments fall into five categories, including topical corticosteroids, Janus kinase inhibitors, PDE4 inhibitors, calcineurin inhibitors, and other topicals like antibiotics and prescription moisturizers.

The research aimed to identify medications that significantly improved patients' quality of life, reduced severity, itch, sleep disturbances, or flare-ups, caused fewer serious side effects, and were discontinued the least due to adverse effects.

The standout winners in the study were two calcineurin inhibitors, namely pimecrolimus (Elidel) and tacrolimus (Protopic), along with moderate-potency topical corticosteroids like fluocinolone acetonide (Synalar cream 0.025%) and triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog cream/ointment 0.1%).

Pimecrolimus excelled in six of seven outcomes, proving effective at reducing sleep disturbances and eczema flares. High-dose tacrolimus (0.1%) demonstrated improvement in five outcomes, particularly reducing itch and flare-ups. Moderate-potency steroids, a larger group, were effective in four to six of the seven outcomes, excelling at alleviating eczema itch, flares, and serious side effects.

The study also revealed a surprising finding: using a topical cream twice daily wasn't significantly more effective than using it once daily. While the traditional advice is twice daily, once a day could be more convenient without compromising effectiveness.

On the flip side, the study identified topical antibiotics as among the less effective treatments for eczema.

While the study involved a substantial number of participants, individual responses may vary. Factors like age, affected skin areas, eczema severity, and potential side effects should be considered when determining a treatment plan.

The bottom line? If your current treatment works well without serious side effects, stick with it. However, if your regimen isn't delivering the desired results, consult your healthcare provider or dermatologist to explore alternative prescription creams or ointments.



  1. Good to know because eczema can affect anyone at any age!

  2. Fortunately, I don't have a problem with such ailments, but I feel sorry for everyone who does. Kind regards.

  3. Thanks for this useful post!

  4. Yes a really nice package with good products.

    A really interesting and informative post, thanks for sharing.

  5. Fortunately, I don't have this problem.

  6. As doenças de pele são sempre complicadas, infelizmente.

  7. I am thankful this is something I know nothing about and hope it stays that way s it is a horrible condition to suffer from

  8. Já tive alguns problemas, por causa das alergias que depois provocam aczemas na pele.

  9. Anonymous11/22/2023

    My daughter had this her first year of life! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Valuable information! It's worth knowing these things. :)

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