Tips for Choosing a Moisturizer

Finding a moisturizer that works for you or someone you care about can be a challenge. What works for one person may not work for another. As the condition of your skin changes so can the effectiveness of a product. A manufacturer may also change the formulation of a product from one year to the next. Take the following steps when introducing a new product to your skin:

  1. If you know you are allergic to a particular ingredient, check a product’s label before you buy it.
  2. Review the list of moisturizers that have received the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ to see if the product you are interested in is on it.
  3. The first time you use a new product apply a small amount (about the size of a pea) to the pulse of your wrist or the crook of your elbow. Do not wash the area for 24 to 48 hours and watch for any allergic reaction, such as redness, a rash, any form of breakouts on the skin, itchiness, pain, or flaking.

The NEA Seal of Acceptance™ Review Panel considers testing data on sensitivity, safety testing, and toxicity, 
as well as the ingredients, content, and formulation data when reviewing products. Every year NEA checks with the manufacturer to make certain the formulation has not changed. If it has, the product must be reviewed again.

The following is a list of moisturizers that have received the NEA Seal of Acceptance™. For the most up-to-date list, including product reviews, go to the NEA website (nationaleczema.org) and click on Eczema Products.

Albolene® Moisturizing Cleanser

AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® Baby Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment

AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

AVEENO® Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment

Avène TriXéra+ Selectiose Emollient Cream

BabySpa® Calming Eczema Relief Cream

CapriClear® Spray-On Moisturizer

CeraVe® Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe® Moisturizing Lotion

CeraVe® SA Renewing Cream

CeraVe® SA Renewing Lotion

CeraVe® Therapeutic Hand Cream

Cetaphil® RESTORDERM® Moisturizer

Curél® Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion

Exederm™ Body Lotion

Exederm™ Body Oil

Exederm™ Intensive Moisture Cream

Exederm™ Baby Lotion

Exederm™ Baby Moisturizing Cream

Exederm™ Baby Oil

Glaxal Base® Moisturizing Cream

Hydrolatum®

MD Moms® Baby Silk Daily Skin Protection Moisturizing Balm

MD Moms® Baby Silk Daily Skin Protection Moisturizing Balm

— unfragranced

MD Moms® Baby Silk Dry Skin Rescue Extreme Care Cream

— unfragranced

Mustela® Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Milky Bath Oil

Mustela® Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream

Mustela® Dermo-Pediatrics Stelatopia Lipid-Replenishing Balm

Neosporin® Eczema Essentials™ Daily Moisturizing Cream

Remarlé ® Skin Moisturizing Shea Butter Crème

Theraplex™ Clear Lotion

Theraplex™ Eczema Therapy

Theraplex™ Emollient
Triple Cream®

Vanicream™ Moisturizing Skin Cream

Vanicream™ Lite Lotion

Vaniply Ointment®