10 Eczema Products that are Ineffective (Tried and Tested)
I am in my room tidying up my cabinets when I see some of my old eczema products lying around which I have tried in the past. Therefore, I decided to do an honest review on the eczema products I have tried which do not contain steroids that are ineffective for me.
However, SiNcE eVeRyOnE sKiN iS dIfFeReNt, it may still work for you. Apart from QV and Cetaphil products which I have thrown away, I still have the others that are not expired yet. Some even only used once or twice but I did not like the texture of them. Since I have no use for them, I can pass it to you for free if you are keen on trying them in the hopes that it may work for you and live in SG. Just drop me a DM on IG.
1. QV Cream
First product goes to QV, the favourite moisturiser choice of polyclinics. Just like above, it is too oily and sticky for my liking and makes me feel uncomfortable.
2. QV Intensive with Ceramides Light Moisturising Cream
I tried this under the recommendation of a doctor at a private hospital. This product is better than the QV cream as it is lighter and has the added ceramides in it. However, it didn’t really stop the itch nor did it “restore” my skin with the ceramides. Maybe it could have if I didn't scratch but how can the product work if the most important component of solving the itch is not there.
3. Cetaphil PRO AD Derma Skin Restoring Wash
This product is alright for a body wash but I would prefer an organic body soap that contains natural ingredients.
4. Cetaphil PRO AD Derma Skin Restoring Moisturizer
This product is similar to the QV intensive with Ceramides Light Moisturising cream. It is light and has the added ceramides in it. However, it didn’t really stop the itch nor did it “restore” my skin with the ceramides. Maybe it could have if I didn’t scratch but how can the product work if the most important component of solving the itch is absent.
5. Aveeno Dermexa Daily Emollient Cream
This product was way too oily and sticky, worse than QV. Add that to our humid weather in Singapore just calls for a disaster. I usually don’t turn on the air conditioner at home but after applying this, I had to else I would feel very uncomfortable in my own skin. I only used this product once or twice and I could not continue with it anymore.
Something I have learnt is to go for lotion instead of cream. The biggest difference between lotion and cream is that lotions have a higher water content. A lotion is typically a mix of water and droplets of oil, is lighter weight than cream and is non-greasy.
Taken from the website, “Suu Balm is different because it is formulated at the National Skin Centre, Singapore. FAST and effective relief of itch with non-drying menthol. Highly moisturising with REAL, SKIN-LIKE ceramides & filaggrin. High quality ingredients with absolutely NO NASTIES like SLS, SLES, soap, sulfate, parabens, preservatives or artificial fragrances”
I decided to try this product line cause I saw it on The Smart Local https://thesmartlocal.com/read/eczema-suu-balm-skincare/ and it looked promising. I bought the following 3 products from Guardian.
6. Suu Balm™ Kids Dual Rapid Itch Relieving & Restoring Ceramide Moisturiser
This product contains menthol which gave it a cooling and shiok effect to relieve the itch upon application. However, it was short-lived and did not last long. Hence, I had to apply multiple times a day for the effect which is inconvenient and troublesome. The difference between the kids and the adults version is that it contains less menthol. The kids version also won the Health Wellness Beauty Awards 2019. Not that it matters.
7. Suu Balm™ Gentle Moisturising Facial Cleanser
This product is pretty moisturising and will be better for people with dry skin on their face. However, if you are on the oily side, this wouldn’t work too well and you might find that your face is still greasy and not properly cleansed after using it which was how I felt as I am someone with a mixture of dry and oily facial skin.
8. Suu Balm™ Cooling Itch Relief Facial Moisturizer
Just like the body moisturiser, it contains menthol which gave it a cooling and shiok effect to relieve itch on the face. However, it was short-lived and did not last long too. Hence, I had to apply multiple times a day for the effect which is inconvenient and troublesome.
THE SOAP HAVEN
Their products are known to be natural which is a plus and does not contain paraben unlike most commercial skin cleansers like QV and Cetaphil. My go-to and favourite body soap bar which I personally use and recommend is also from them which is the oatmeal honey goat milk soap. However, I have tried 2 products from them for eczema that is not so effective.
9. The Soap Haven Unscented Premium Natural Moisturizing Cream
This product is applied after showering to lock in the moisture. Good thing is that it is non-sticky and easily absorbed by the skin. Bad thing is that it was not that effective.
10. The Soap Haven Unscented Body Balm
This product is applied after the Unscented Premium Natural Moisturising Cream. It is similarly to Vaseline but less oily. But I do not fancy the oily state of my skin after application.
This concludes my review of eczema products that are ineffective for me. Check out my eczema journey here to find out the one and only product I use that healed my eczema.