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Best Eczema Hand Cream Review: My Five Picks

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Finding the best hand cream for Eczema sufferers can be quite a challenge and sometimes frustrating. Why is it some body lotions don’t moisturize well on the hands compared to the rest of the body?

Our skins have a layer called the epidermis which is the top most layer of the skin. The epidermis is thickest on our palms and the bottom of our feet which act as a shield for protection against outside elements.

What makes the epidermis thick in those areas is that within the epidermis lies two special layers called the “Stratum corneum” and “Stratum lucidem”.  As shown in the diagram below.

Best Eczema Hand Cream Skin Layer

Skin Layer- “Stratum corneum” and “Stratum lucidem” (Click for Larger Image)

 

Stratum Corneum is filled with keratin cells that contain protein and considered “dead” skin.

Stratum Lucidem (below stratum corneum) is a thin flat clear layer containing kertainocytes that produces keratins which is responsible for creating skin thickness.

Understanding the anatomy of our hands helps us understand that we need a heavier or more powerful hand moisturizer to penetrate these layers, since regular body lotions won’t do the job for our hands. This is what I understand so far from my research and anatomy classes that I have been taking this semester.

5 of the “Best Eczema Hand Cream”: My Reviews

**Note: I am all for organic, however I haven’t found one that was cost effective because of their higher price point.  Also since there are so many individual and private organic companies out there and each having their own brand, I have yet to explore them in depth. That will be in another separate article (in the future) and a link will be placed here.

1. BODY SHOP: HEMP HAND PROTECTOR

Perhaps many of you are familiar with the famous best-selling product by Body Shop, the Hemp Hand cream (available in 100 ml tubes and smaller size at 50 ml ). Hemp is known for its high concentration of fatty acids (Omegas-3s) promoting skin health and acting as a powerful moisturizer. It also contains beeswax which serves as a great moisture barrier.

The Body Shop Hand Protector Hemp

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Many people of many skin types recommend this as the “best hand cream” especially for dry mature skin. This was the first hand cream that gave positive results for my hands until couple years later down the road when my skin started to return to its original driest state after regular use. As we get older, our skin tends to get drier, thinner, lose elasticity and the production of natural oils (responsible for moisture) is decreased. I think it was a great cream in the beginning but unfortunately it lost its effect for me, but try it out and as always ask your dermatologist if you are not sure.

Here are some points for this hand cream:

  • Claim to be dermatologically tested against very dry skin
  • Slight nearly unnoticeable fragrance, I assumed it was hemp smell.
  • NO parabens and no irritations on my skin. Although I am still concern with some of unknown ingredients in it. (might need more investigation)

2. HERBACIN KAMILLE: With/avec glycerine hand cream

Herbacin Kamille is commonly offered in a small cute tin (75 ml) or can be found in small squeezable tube. You often will hear from people dealing with generally very dry skin (both eczema & non-eczema users) that it’s a great product! I haven’t bothered touching this one until my local dermatologist recommended it to me when I asked what is the best hand cream in the city.

Herbacin Glycerin Handcreme Tin

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Here are some points for this hand cream:

  1. Highly contains glycerin which is great for moisturization.
  2. The cream appears to be thick due to the glycerin which can be a great barrier from moisture loss or against environmental stress (wind, sun, cold air). I recently discovered that glycerin works well at attracting humidity in the air contributing to moisture in the skin. For those who live in a warmer climate, you will have a greater positive effect with glycerin. Winters may be the worst time since the air is cold and dry. However it is still beneficial as a skin barrier.
  3. It feels nice at first but I find my hands doesn’t stay moisturized after several minutes. It may have something to do with my skin type and living in a colder climate. As an South East Asian descendant, my skin has greater adaptation to hot humid weather rather to the cold where I’m currently living. In theory, winter is bad for my skin tone, since I am not genetically adapted to the drier wintry weather. Theoretically, a skin of an european descendant may be able to take on colder weather. Who knows? I don’t think there are enough evidence to support this fully yet but we know that every individual is different from another.
  4. Looking further in the ingredients list, it does contain 3 types of parabens and bit of fragrance. This brings up a hot topic on the debate of parabens and recalling my recent research through medical and beauty reviews, parabens may not be as bad as we think unless you are real sensitive to it. It is used very little to have a negative effect. This is something I would like to investigate deeper with research and talking further with my dermatologist. (I will update this when furthered research)
  5. I am not a fan of the fragrance. There is an unscented version of it but it is more of a lighter moisturizer and its termed as Herbacin Kamille “Soft”. Any creams that say “soft” after its name should give you a clue that its not the right type of moisturizer to look into regardless if its unscented.

Overall this product may work for some of you, unfortunately it didn’t meet my expectation.

3. ROC DERMATOLOGIC: Enydrial hand cream

Roc Dermatologic is more on the pricier side (available in 50 ml squeezable tube) but I manage to find a special Xmas pack back in December. One of the sale consultant in department store said it’s the best hand cream she has ever used, of course that is her job to sell but because of the deal, I gave it a shot.

Creams for Hands Eczema

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Apparently this ROC product is recommend for people who constantly in need to wash and use their hands in a workplace such as nurses, dishwashers and doctors etc. Similarly to the Herbacin hand cream, it contains a lot of glycerin. On a bit of cautious side to some of you, it does contain 2 types of parabens. Although it doesn’t seem to bother me when I tried it.

On the plus side it does contain no fragrance and I feel a real surge of moisture penetrating through nearly all my layers of my skin. It felt like my skin was sucking it up like a sponge and feeling supple afterwards. I truly love this one! I wished it was offered in a bigger bottle but it will be very expensive so it would be a put off for some. I can see it having great potential in moisturizing dry mature skin.

4. GOLD BOND ULTIMATE: Skin Therapy Cream, Soothing Chamomile

There are many types of moisturizer by Gold Bond Ultimate ranging from “Soothing Chamomile”, “Restorative CoQ10” (known to fight aging), “Moisturizing Aloe Vera” and the list goes on. One of our fans recommended the “Intensive Healing Lotion” by Gold Bond, however I did not found it in my area. I did find the “Soothing Chamomile” and bought it. It’s the only one that is “fragrance free” and “oil free.” Supposedly the cream is recommended for people who have issues with skin’s sensitivity and irritation.

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I must say I was real impressed with this one, no irritations on my skin and the cream was nicely textured, thick, and I experience great skin absorption. For the price it just recently became one of my favorites. It claims to help with relieving redness and help soothe irritated dry skin, and I mostly agree with it. It is offered in a tube of 127g (big enough to apply to hands, elbows, arms, feet & knees).

It does contains a lot of ingredients compared to any lotions or creams that I’ve ever seen . Less is usually better, so I will be investigating further with this one.

I noticed that the “Intensive Healing Lotion” version contains ceramides, where the soothing chamomile version does not, which can be a great benefit for eczema sufferers. Currently there is a commercial promoting an Eczema Gold Bond version but I haven’t found it yet in my area, so I may have to order it online. I will have to try both the “Eczema Gold Bond” and “Intensive Healing Lotion” to do a comparison.

5. Aveeno Active Naturals Eczema Care Hand Cream

Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream 1

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Honestly, this is probably the most affordable and very effective hand cream. So Aveeno Eczema Care Hand Cream claims its rightful place to be one of my top lists for hand creams AND meet the requirements of having the right amount of ceramides. It may be very economical since you don’t need a lot of it. Your hands may still feel moisturized even after a wash .

Please navigate to my in depth article of this Aveeno Hand Cream.

 

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I grew up with a mild to severe case of Eczema. I'm all about skin care tips, good eating, skin cream reviews, and healthy & positive living!

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  • LNesset

    Hi Sou. I am very happy to find your site! I am 56 years old and had quite bad exzema until my mid twenties but no where near as bad as yours. I used cortisone cream until a doctor told me I should not be using it everyday like I was. Also, my aunt who had very bad exzema eventually died around that time from complications from using strong cortison creams all her life. I was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disease around the same time so, like you, I did an overhaul of my life, and cut out dairy, gluten and other foods I was allergic to. Bingo…no more exzema or arthritis! It did take a full year for my exzema to settle down after I did the diet changes, in fact it got much worse first. I had heard this could happen. It’s like your body finally gets rid of all the crap left in your body when you stop putting the crap in. I knew I was on the right track though because my arthritis went away immediately.
    Personally I found that good old petroleum jelly was the least irritating, most hydrating and most soothing to my exzema. And super cheap! Now I don’t think petroleum jelly is very good for the skin in the long run, but back then I could not get things like plain cocoa butter body butters.
    Another item that has helped me a huge amount, and my kids when they get exzema, is BLACK CURRANT SEED OIL. I read years ago that people with exzema cannot produce a certain fatty acid, and one of the best sources of it is this oil, especially if you can’t tolerate flax oil like me. You have to make sure it is pure black currant oil as sometimes the capsules are sold as such, but they have another oil mixed in. Take 4-6 1000 mg capsules twice a day until the exzema gets better. Now I take 1-2 capsules twice a day.
    Good luck to you and thank you for putting this info out to the public.
    Linda

    • Thank you and you’re very welcome! I really appreciate your insight. It helps strengthened my belief that little changes in lifestyle can really help managed our condition and live better. I am the type who would hate to rely on pills or cortisone creams. I only use the cream as a last resort to reduce the scaling and redness as I believe it’s one of its function. I remember doing a little research of my own couple years ago and how it was dangerous to use in the past decades due to high content of cortisone in creams. However, today the cortisone content is supposed to be much lower which lessens the side effects of skin thinning. I will have to review on that just to be sure. I am truly sorry about your aunt. Eczema can be tough to beat if you don’t know the root cause. That’s why I created this site in hopes to help everyone pinpoint their own triggers as it varies.

      Well I am very glad you made the right steps to better yourself physically and mentally as any change in habit is very hard to do in beginning. One of the rational explanation I could think of is that a lot toxins come out through skin when we eat something very crappy to suddenly super healthy that may cause itching in beginning. I have heard of this type of incident when we start eating healthy.

      Also thank you for sharing about the Black current seed oil as a good alternative to flax seed oil. I will definitely look into that. It’s true that our skin may not produce enough omegas or fatty acids or lipids to counteract dryness and itchiness.

  • sharpie. nails

    Found your website/blog through your Youtube channel . Really like your tips & reviews about products for eczema . I have suffered with it all my life since I first broke out when I was 6 months old , was all over my body . Skin so raw my Mom was afraid she would hurt me when she had to pick me up to hold me 🙁 I’m now 57 & have done “a lot ” of research . As one poster mentioned ( LNesset ) eczema is all about food allergies & irritants on your skin you come in contact with . Through the years I have had numerous allergy tests . The list is Huge pollens, dust ect .. to foods . So with knowing this , it is very hard to take all the allergens out of my daily life. The worst one that is causing me to still get flare ups , is dust & pollen !! Some people may never put this together as a culprit ?? As you & many may know those are everywhere . You can run but you can’t hide from them LOL Never claimed to be a clean freak , but if I don’t dust & vacuum ( thoroughly ) almost everyday I itch all over ……. One biggest thing I found in my fight is an “air purifier” .. At least it cuts down on a lot of air irritants’ . Just wanted to comment on this , in hopes it could help others in their journey 🙂 Sometimes I think I should be enclosed in a Big Bubble , so nothing can get to me . Like that sad story/movie about that little boy 🙁

    • Oh hello there and thank you! I am so glad you found my website as I appreciate your input in dealing with our itchy skin. I am so sorry to hear your story as many of us have dealt it since childhood (myself included) and some even starting to have it as we get older. I do believe avoiding food allergies & irritants is part in preventing our flare-ups. But you would also have to build up the immune system and skin immunity to be able to tolerate any irritants including our own sweat. Some people have done this through either a change in diet, exercise and going out in direct sunlight (with skin exposed due to vitamin D deficiency… phototherapy is another alternative if no access to sun like winter time). I personally have done all three and I noticed a great difference in my skin I even could wear dresses and shorts for the first time ever! I had at least 2 allergy tests, and I noticed a change in allergies such as used to being allergic to milk products now shifted to soy protein products, but I’ve always been allergic to dust and pollens as well. This requires bit of cleaning & avoiding flowers during springtime. It would definitely make sense to invest in air purifiers as I do owe one in my living room. All of these require lifestyle change. It’s true we can’t live in a bubble forever, I believe we have to be able to adapt in the outside environment as well. I will take your advice in consideration ! Again thank you for your comment, kind words, and great Tips.

  • Laytoya Thomas

    My hand eczema was so terrible, I tried EVERYTHING and nothing worked. It was embarrassing to go out anywhere, it looked so bad and was so painful. I first bought foderma serum out of desperation at Target, thinking that I was just wasting my money again. To my surprise it started working in minutes! It doesn’t cure it, and I’ll probably have to use foderma serum for a very long time, but it gets rid of the symptoms!