Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream

by Aveeno  Aveeno Baby
Price:
$13.99 - 7.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
4/10/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a good, though basic, fragrance-free moisturizer for use on a baby’s or adult’s dry skin. Its active ingredient is oatmeal, which does have anti-irritant properties, and it also contains glycerin and petrolatum along with other good emollients.

One more thing to keep in mind: Some cases of eczema demand richer products combined with prescription topical products to get (and keep) signs of eczema under control. If your baby has eczema, it’s best to work closely with your pediatrician and experiment with various options to see how your child’s skin responds.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Fragrance-free formula contains skin-soothing oatmeal.
  • Contains ingredients proven to help dry skin and repair skin’s surface.
Cons:
  • Would be even better with a range of skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants.
  • Some cases of eczema may respond better to a richer (more emollient) product.

The experts at Aveeno Brand have harnessed the soothing power of ACTIVE NATURALS colloidal oatmeal and rich emollients to immediately relieve itchy, extra dry skin. Developed with leading dermatologists, this breakthrough cream soothes irritated skin and intensely moisturizes to help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function and helps prevent the recurrence of extra dry skin.

Active: Colloidal Oatmeal (1%) Other: Water, Glycerin, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Ceramide NP, Sodium Chloride

Beginning with its first product in 1945, Soothing Bath Treatment, still sold today as part of the company's Baby line of products, Aveeno has prided itself on using natural ingredients. In some ways, they were a pioneer in the field, though for years the only natural ingredient of note in their products was oatmeal. Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson purchased the brand in 1999, and wasted almost no time expanding it. A handful of bar cleansers and bath products were spun off into complete collections of facial-care products and an ever-growing number of body lotions and washes, not to mention shaving gels (Aveeno is one of the few companies whose shaving gels are truly fragrance-free).

Not surprisingly, many of the facial-care products from Aveeno are similar to those from Johnson & Johnsonowned Neutrogena. The differences typically lie in the natural ingredients each brand promotes. A cornerstone ingredient for Aveeno is soy, while Neutrogena has experimented (with varying degrees of success) with copper, retinol, salicylic acid, and melibiose. Overall, Neutrogena has a much larger and more comprehensive selection of products, though their formulas are also more problematic. Aveeno would do well to diversify a bit, or at least acknowledge that it takes more than a single star ingredient to provide superior skin-care products. As is, most of their anti-wrinkle products don't compete favorably with the more well-rounded options, not just from Neutrogena but also from Olay, Dove, and, in some respects, L'Oreal.

Getting back to the issue of soy, you'll see from the reviews it is indeed a helpful ingredient for skin—just not in the same multifaceted, does-everything manner Aveeno touts on each soy-containing product's package. A big proponent for Aveeno's use of soy is dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf. She is quoted on Aveeno's web site, stating that "It is now clear that the ability of natural soy to deliver multiple benefits to skin plays a lead role in high performance skin care." That sounds great but it doesn't explain why Aveeno ignores research on countless other antioxidants, skin-identical ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients, all elements Dr. Graf uses in her separate, namesake product line. Interestingly, with Graf's own products relying on a blend of efficacious ingredients, including soy, it's a good question why she decided to endorse Aveeno's one-note soy products.

The bottom line is that when it comes to shopping for skin-care products at the drugstore, Aveeno, for all its talk of being a leader in "Active Naturals," doesn't have the all-inclusive product assortment needed to take the best possible care of your skin. However, paying attention to their top offerings is time (and money) well-spent!

For more information about Aveeno, owned by Johnson & Johnson, call (866) 428-3366 or visit www.aveeno.com.

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  1. Lauren A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 19, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Definitely soothing
    • It's rich and velvety-feeling, and when it goes over my raw, dry, flaky skin, it feels very soothing. I use this when I get out of the shower, or, if I'm having a particularly bad day, on my face after washing. It's gentle enough that it's never broken me out when I put it on my face, but moisturizing enough to keep my body moisturized. I like to keep it in the refrigerator during the summer for added soothing.

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