13 06 best eczema skin cream treatments tbA dermatologist shares how to stop eczema/dermatitis from irritating your skin.

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, presents itself most often as a skin rash that can be "very itchy,” says Dr. Davindra Singh, MD, FRCSC, head dermatologist at Avantderm in Toronto’s Distillery District. According to Karen Bayliss, director of Laser and Fraxel at Skin Vitality Medical Clinics, “other symptoms include redness, itching, dryness, crusting, oozing, bleeding and blistering.” The exact cause is unknown; however, hereditary, immunological and environmental factors such as dry skin and stress may trigger it.

At Home: When seeking treatment one easy way is to “simply remove what is causing the irritation, for example an itchy sweater or an environmental factor,”  says Bayliss.  For the most part, topical treatments such as hydrocortisone cream or prescription steroid cream are necessary. Additionally, one must “moisturize skin properly and eliminate scratching and rubbing,” says Dr. Singh. In order to do this, “sometimes an anti-itch medicine may be needed.” “For immediate soothing relief apply vitamin E oil, aloe vera or organic cucumbers,” recommends Bayliss. Dr. Singh recommends “taking baths in lukewarm bath water with some emulsifying oil added to it. Post-bath pat your skin dry and quickly apply a recommended moisturizer.”

In Office: "The light in UV light therapy kills the T-Cells in the affected skin, causing a reduction in redness and decreased production of skin cells,
which cause the scaling,” says Bayliss.
Cost: $200 to $500 per treatment.