The 6 Best Ceramide Creams for Eczema and Dry Skin

Moisturizers for dry, itchy skin

A ceramide is one of three types of lipids (fats) that helps keep moisture in the skin. Ceramide-containing moisturizers are a breed of moisturizers that contain the same balance of lipids that your skin does. Studies show that these types of moisturizers help treat eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, although anyone with dry skin can use them.

If none of the following products work for you, be sure to visit your physician to get leads on other ceramide-containing products that may give you the relief you've been seeking.


CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe moisturizing cream

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream uses a patented delivery technology called Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) to allow its ingredients to absorb into the skin over time. It's available over-the-counter and affordably priced. It's available in three sizes: 1.89 ounces (perfect for plane travel), 12 ounces, or 16 ounces.

You can find the product at most major retail outlets, such as CVS, Walgreen's, Walmart, Target, grocery stores, and If you're having trouble finding it, you can use the brand's store locator feature online and enter your zip code.

If you're looking to save a few bucks, the company sometimes offers coupons to those who follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter.​


Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair

Topix SRS Pro-Ceramide Barrier Repair is comparable to the now-discontinued Remergent's Barrier Repair Formula, which used a delivery system called aerospheres with lipids that surround a chemical called ursolic acid.

This Topix moisturizer's formula includes rosemary extract, which provides a liposome delivery of ursolic acid. The repair formula helps the cells of the epidermis produce ceramides to retain moisture and other chemicals that firm up collagen. This dual action makes barrier repair formulas good for moisturizing and reducing wrinkles


ONLY YOURx Soothing Barrier Repair Moisturizer

ONLY YOURx Soothing Barrier Repair Moisturizer is another moisturizer that contains ceramides. The ingredients in this brand include a multitude of chemicals designed to reduce inflammation.

No studies are available to prove the moisturizer's effectiveness, but the ceramides are in the correct proportion with other lipids—something necessary for the moisturizer to be effective. This moisturizer is sold only in salons. If you can't find it, you can look up a retailer near you on their website.



Atopiclair is a ceramide moisturizer that was first available only with a prescription. But now it can be bought over-the-counter and online. This particular product is also approved by the FDA as a medical device. Some studies show that it's more effective than regular moisturizers in treating the signs and symptoms of eczema.

This cream is steroid-free, paraben-free, and scent-free, and it's designed for anyone with mild to moderate eczema who is over the age of 6 months. It can soothe itching quickly and restore the barrier function of the skin. The product should be applied to affected areas of the skin three times a day during an outbreak.


Skederm Exhydro Ceramide Complex Moisturizer

Skederm's Exhydro Ceramide Complex Moisturizer restores and calms dry skin with its combination of ceramide complexes, sunflower seed oil, and macadamia integrifolia seed. It also provides anti-aging benefits and protects skin with a ceramide barrier.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

This repairing cream is whipped up with ceramide 3, shea butter, colloidal oatmeal, and an antioxidant booster. It's light with no greasy feel after application and it claims to be clinically proven to increase moisture by 169% immediately. 


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