Introduction - 2 Min Read

How can Eczema Care Online help me?

Eczema Care Online will help you and your baby or child to keep their skin healthy and support them to live well with eczema.

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Chapter 1

What else can I expect from Eczema Care Online?

There will be quotes throughout based on the tips and experiences that people with eczema have shared with us.

These have been checked by people with eczema to make sure they will be useful for you.

You’ll find out more about:

  • Eczema and its treatment
  • Diet and allergy
  • Cosmetics, make-up, skin care and shaving
  • Dealing with scratching
  • Eczema at school, university or work and much more

I’ve been dealing with eczema for years and thought I knew it all, and was really surprised by the helpful new tips I found



In this section, we have pulled together the key information that families of children with eczema have told us was most helpful for them.

Chapter 2

Frequently asked questions about eczema

Click on any of the questions below to find out the answer:

Chapter 3

The skin barrier and eczema

Our skin is a natural barrier that stops things from getting into our bodies and keeps water in the skin. In someone with eczema, this skin barrier works less well. It lets moisture out, making the skin dry.

It also lets in things that irritate the skin, such as soap and washing up liquid. This can cause the skin to react, making it itchy and sore.

Watch this video to find out more about the skin barrier in people with eczema.

My eczema really annoyed me and I used to scratch all the time but now I know what I’m doing I scratch much less than I used to.


Chapter 4

Two treatments used well

Many people can feel confused about how to treat eczema. It can be hard to know what treatments to use and when because eczema changes over time.

Both treatments are needed. This is because they help control eczema in different ways.

When these two treatments are used well, they will treat most eczema.

These treatments come as creams, lotions, ointments or gels, but when we group them together we will call them 'creams'.

There are two main treatments for eczema

Flare control creams (usually steroid creams) - To get control 

Moisturising creams (‘emollients’) - To keep control 

To Get Control

Flare control creams (usually steroid creams)

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What are they for?

These creams are used to get control of eczema. They are:

  • Used to treat flare-ups where the skin is more sore or itchy than normal
  • Normally prescribed and are usually steroid creams (topical corticosteroids). Sometimes they are TCIs (Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors)

Most people with eczema will need to use flare control creams at some point.

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To Keep Control

Moisturising creams (emollients)

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What are they for?

These creams are used to keep control of eczema. They help to:

  • Stop eczema flare-ups by keeping out things that may irritate the skin
  • Make the skin soft by locking water in the skin
  • Stop itching

Most people with eczema will need to use moisturising creams every day.

As soon as we started using moisturising creams more regularly, I noticed that his skin really improved and he had much fewer flare-ups.

Chapter 5


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Flare control creams

Flare control creams are used to get control of eczema flare-ups. They contain medicines to make the skin less sore and itchy. This helps the skin heal. Most people with eczema will need to use flare control creams at some point.

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Moisturising creams

Moisturising creams form a barrier over the skin to protect the skin and keep control of eczema. They help to stop eczema flare-ups by keeping out things that may irritate the skin.