14 Creams for Eczema on Your Face That Nourish and Soothe

...and they're all available at the drugstore.

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Eczema anywhere on your body is a curse, but eczema on your face is a special kind of hell. It can come on suddenly, take forever to go away, and make you look and feel like you've been punched, burned, rubbed with poison ivy, or all of the above. To the uninitiated, it's hard to explain how self-conscious facial eczema can make you—your face, after all, is what you're presenting to the world, and to lose control of how it looks and feels is miserable.

"There are a lot of different kinds of eczema," explains dermatologist Mona Gohara, M.D., an associate clinical professor at Yale University, who names atopic dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, and allergic contact dermatitis as just three examples. Each kind of eczema may benefit from a different treatment, which is why it's important to see your derm to work out a personalized plan if your eczema is severe, unexpected, or doesn't heal within a couple weeks.

Some people may benefit from steroids or prescription creams, like Eucrisa, while others may just need to change up their skincare routine. “All skin with eczema has a broken skin moisture barrier so I encourage my patients to look for thicker moisturizing creams, balms, and ointments,” shares Dr. Dustin Portela, a board-certified dermatologist at Treasure Valley Dermatology. Dr. Portela suggests staying away from synthetic fragrances and oils to avoid further irritating of your already inflamed skin. Whether you're dealing with a flare-up, trying to avoid steroid creams, or just looking for something to calm your skin while you wait for this bout to pass, here are some tried-and-true drugstore eczema treatments we swear by.

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Jenny Hollander
Jenny Hollander

Jenny is the Director of Content Strategy at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless.