Best Skin Irritation Care Products

Many people suffer from skin irritation at some point in their lives, whether it's due to dry hands caused by cold weather or an eczema flare-up caused by stress and anxiety. Many common causes of skin irritation and itchiness can be treated with skin care products that are available over-the-counter. Read more…

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Lucas' Papaw Ointment

Lucas' Papaw Ointment 🏆 2024

4.5  (469) Summary
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Peter P.
Peter P.16 posts
 
Ungvita Vitamin A Ointment

Ungvita Vitamin A Ointment 🏆 2024

4.8  (31) Summary
Kate
KateNSWSydney, NSW
 
It is okGreat for hydration. Dislike the smell. Have not noticed any difference at all in the appearance of my skin, scars or lines. Show details
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

4.1  (90) Summary
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ReviewerVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC28 posts
 
MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream

MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream

3.9  (133) Summary
APPLEASHA
APPLEASHASYDNEY105 posts
 
Immediately soothes my eyelid eczemaImmediately soothes my eyelid excellent, as that’s the only place I get eczema I use the rest as a handcream every night. Excellent stuff with high-quality ingredients. Show details
DU’IT Roll On Heel Balm

DU’IT Roll On Heel Balm

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Kris H
Kris H
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Do yourself a favourThis roll on heel balm has changed my feet, I am always at the gym, running around outside and at the beach and that means my feet can get quite dry and neglected. This has transformed my feet from rough and dry to smooth and moisturised. Highly recommend Show details
Itch-Eze Plus

Itch-Eze Plus

5.0  (16) Summary
Tomek
TomekVICCentral Highlands and Goldfields, VIC8 posts
 
perfect for midges + mosquitos but lately impossible to findfor me its the best and only product to soothe the reaction to midges .. and mosquitos too.
but now impossible to find online or in Victoria plus the makers of the product do not send to other states :( Show details
Ricketty
RickettySAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA3 posts
 
Its good but expensiveI use quite a lot of this, well rub into my feet at night, put socks on and sleep with then on. The difference is right there in the morning. Its good stuff just too expensive Show details ·  1
Zoe B.
Zoe B.WAPerth, WA7 posts
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Dr. Pickles Tattoo Cream

Dr. Pickles Tattoo Cream

3.1  (36) Summary
James A.
James A.5 posts
 
Bad bad badI applied Dr pickles to my tattoo, but unfortunately, it caused discomfort. My arm became unusually puffy, and I wouldn’t recommend it. While some people have positive experiences, mine was not one of them. Show details
Emuaid First Aid Ointment

Emuaid First Aid Ointment

2.9  (29) Summary
Emma
EmmaWAPerth, WA
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Lanolips 101 Ointment

Lanolips 101 Ointment

4.7  (7) Summary
Customer
CustomerNSWSydney, NSW34 posts
 
It's a great lip balm. But $$ compared to other brandsGreat stuff, I don't have any allergy to lanolin.
But it is just lanolin and you can get just as good from other brands for better value.
Thirty words - there you go!
Eulactol Heel Balm Gold

Eulactol Heel Balm Gold

2.9  (29) Summary
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Maz
Maz
 
Doesn’t workWorks similarly to a simple lotion or Vaseline. The urea concentration may not be enough as observed from the consistency and lack of results. Show details
Meiskin Stretchmark Treatment

Meiskin Stretchmark Treatment

4.4  (8) Summary
kelly
kelly3 posts
 
david c.
david c.2 posts
 
Loceryl

Loceryl

2.5  (34) Summary
Georgie
Georgie
 
Loceryl is the bestI started using Loceryl in January 2023 twice a week as advised by my podiatrist & it’s brilliant! I’m not embarrassed to wear open shoes anymore & although it will take time to completely heal the fungus the results are outstanding! Show details
Lulu Goodwin
Lulu GoodwinNSWSydney, NSW11 posts
 
Neat Feat 3B Action Cream 75g

Neat Feat 3B Action Cream 75g

5.0  (5) Summary
Lisa
Lisa5 posts
 
This is perfect stuffGreat barrier cream. This has stopped a lot of issues I was having with underwires on my bra. Great for chubby thighs, and hubby uses it on underarms when operating the digger on hit days. Multipurpose and a must do for our cupboards. Show details ·  1
Robertson's Skin Repair Ointment

Robertson's Skin Repair Ointment

4.5  (6) Summary
jodietin1999
jodietin1999
 
PHY
PHY6 posts
 
Improved my skin condition a lot!I love this product as it is a lot thicker than other creams in the market. My skin truly feels moisturised after putting this on. It also improved my skin barrier by a huge amount. My skin feel thicker and less prone to allergies. Great product for people who suffered from eczema! Give it a go! Show details
John Plunkett Psor-Asist Cream

John Plunkett Psor-Asist Cream

4.8  (5) Summary
Steve
SteveQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
 
Awesome ProductTried loads of other products including prescribed steroid cream.This is the only product that has had any effect on my psoriasis to the point where it's barely visible on my legs in just 3 weeks...highly recommend this cream! Show details ·  1
Ego SolvEasy Tinea Cream

Ego SolvEasy Tinea Cream

2.6  (20) Summary
Canberragal
CanberragalACTCanberra 2600, ACT10 posts
 
Ego EgoPsoryl TA

Ego EgoPsoryl TA

4.2  (5) Summary
Fay
FayVICGippsland, VIC12 posts
 
It helpsAfter one year if prescriptions to cure my rash unknown cause or so they say tried this product after finding on line and gave it a go, it is a bit smelly, but does relieve the itch and redness has not cured but certainly has helped. Show details
Dermatix Silicone Gel

Dermatix Silicone Gel

3.7  (6) Summary
pilotgirl
pilotgirlVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC3 posts
 
Had a nasty red burn on my forearmHad a nasty red burn on my forearm. Applied twice daily for a month. Scar has almost gone. Redness vanished in 2 weeks! Expensive, but it works brilliantly. Still on first tube. Highly recommended Show details
Skinstitut Repair Balm

Skinstitut Repair Balm

5.0  (3) Summary
Chickie
ChickieQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD40 posts
 
Best productI have been using this product since my daughters recommended it and I must say it is great to use not only on the face but other areas on the body.My skin looks so much better. Show details
Southwestsam
SouthwestsamSouth23 posts
 
Moisturises even dry heels!!I use this on all the really dry areas like elbows and heels. I apply before bed and put socks on, after one week the cracks in my heels are gone!!

It leaves my hands and elbows looking less dry and wrinkly. Definitely recommend for all skin types especially mature!
Rich and very moisturising.
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Caruso's Veins Care Cream

Caruso's Veins Care Cream

2.6  (7) Summary
Maria G.
Maria G.WAPerth, WA2 posts
 
Very good creamI do like this cream , it's working good on my small spider veins
Elektra Magnesium

Elektra Magnesium

5.0  (2) Summary
Jilly
Jilly
 
PaL
PaL5 posts
 
Nice scentUse this on my newborn son and it seems to really soothe him and make him fall to sleep. The lavender scent is really nice and calming. My girlfriend also uses this on her skin and really rates it.

Neat Feat Foot & Heel Balm

Neat Feat Foot & Heel Balm

5.0  (2) Summary
Lisa
Lisa5 posts
 
Great for beautiful soft feetThis balm is awesome. Leave your heals feeling soft and smooth. Soaks in well. Doesn't mark your socks. Doesn't smell. Easy to use. Well worth the money. Show details ·  1
Ego QV Flare Up Cream

Ego QV Flare Up Cream

3.7  (3) Summary
Jmt22
Jmt22VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
 

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Causes of skin irritation and how to avoid them

Itchy, flaky skin can have a significant psychological and physical impact on someone’s life. An effective skin irritation cream can help soothe the inflammation and pain caused by a bug bite, allergies, cold weather, a chronic skin condition like eczema or a variety of other factors.

Allergens

Shampoo, makeup and cologne are all examples of beauty products that can help you feel well-groomed. However, they can also irritate the skin, causing an allergic reaction. More than a third of 900 study participants, according to a dermatology study published in 2010, had at least one allergic reaction to cosmetic ingredients,.

Simple rashes to full-blown allergic reactions are all possibilities immediately after using something new or even years after using the same product without incident.

Irritant contact dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis is one type of dermatitis that occurs when something irritates your skin directly. Certain products can cause your skin to burn, sting, itch, or turn red where it is applied.

Allergic contact dermatitis

The immune system is involved in the other type of reaction which is known as allergic contact dermatitis. This causes redness, swelling, itching and hives. Your skin may become flushed and irritated. An allergic reaction can occur anywhere on the body, but it is most common on the face, lips, eyes, ears, and neck.

It can be difficult to distinguish between the two types of reactions, and it's even possible to have a reaction that's a mix of the two. It’s always recommended to do a patch test on a small area of skin when trying a new cosmetic to test for any reactions.

Fragrances

Preservatives and fragrances are frequently to blame for skin irritation. Even products labelled as "unscented" may contain a fragrance to mask chemical odours. Although you may not be able to smell it, it is present and can cause an allergic reaction.

Look for products marked "fragrance-free" or "without perfume" to ensure there is no perfume.

Preservatives

Preservatives are required in almost every product that contains water. Parabens, imidazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, phenoxyethanol, methylchloroisothiazolinone and formaldehyde are among the most common. All of them have been known to trigger allergies in the skin.

Opting for more natural and organic products may eliminate the use of preservatives and lower the risk of a reaction.

Skin conditions

While skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema tend to be chronic, there are steps you can take to avoid a flare-up or exacerbating the symptoms.

These include avoiding sudden changes in temperature or humidity, managing stress levels by getting regular exercise and taking time to relax. Avoid scratchy materials such as wools, harsh soaps and foods that may trigger you.

Treatments for irritated and itchy skin

The good news is that most cases of contact dermatitis will clear up on their own if you stop using the offending product. Irritation that is minor can be treated at home, but if you have a more severe case of contact dermatitis, you should see your doctor for treatment.

Treat the affected area gently in either case. Scrubbing is not recommended and neither is the use of perfumed soaps or lotions as they can irritate skin that is already irritated. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a soothing ointment to the affected area.

Try not to scratch the area when your skin is itchy, even if it's difficult. Allow the skin to heal on its own. If needed, your doctor can prescribe topical medications to help control the itch and heal the skin.

To figure out which product or ingredient is causing your contact dermatitis, you may need to do some investigating. However, with patience and time, you can help restore your skin's health and happiness.

Topical creams to soothe skin irritation

Hydrocortisone

A common way to relieve itchy skin is to use an anti-itch cream. For stubborn itches, try purchasing an anti-itch cream containing at least 1% hydrocortisone. This medication helps to calm inflamed, itchy skin by inhibiting inflammatory responses in the body. Anti-itch creams containing hydrocortisone should not be used for long periods of time since it is a steroid.

Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal is a type of oatmeal that is made from oats that have been ground into a very fine powder and is different to the oats you eat for breakfast. It’s a natural ingredient used in many types of soaps and lotions.

This ingredient is safe and effective for treating itchiness caused by a variety of factors. Many pharmacies sell colloidal oatmeal or you can make your own by grinding oats into a fine powder.

Occlusive gels

Occlusives are moisturising agents that create a protective barrier on the surface of your skin to prevent moisture loss. Try applying a plant-based product like aloe vera gel or cooling menthol to tackle itches caused by sunburns or mosquito bites.

When the skin becomes so dry that it peels, petroleum jelly can relieve irritation and aid in the healing process. During cold seasons, people can apply it to chapped lips or irritated eyelids.

Use petroleum jelly to keep minor wounds moist such as cuts, scrapes and scratches. This keeps the wound moist and prevents it from drying out and forming a scab, which takes longer to heal. This will also keep a scar from becoming too big, deep or itchy.

Moisturisers

Moisturisers of high quality keep water in your skin's outer layer. This will make your skin feel hydrated and less itchy.

Brands like Eucerin and Cetaphil are good examples of high-quality moisturisers. Vitamin E and ceramides, for example, should be hydrating and calming for the skin.

Ice or cooling pack

A cold pack or an ice bag filled with ice is a simple solution for mosquito bites. As you may have guessed, the key is the cold. As much as possible, avoid exposing the affected area to hot water as that tends to irritate itchy skin even more.

The peppermint plant produces menthol which has a cooling effect. Because topical menthol can be irritating to the skin if not diluted, it should be used with caution. These creams can also be kept in the refrigerator to enhance their cooling effect.

Antihistamines

Histamines are chemicals in your body that cause symptoms such as itchiness. A common treatment for allergic reactions is to take an antihistamine. Antihistamines typically tend to make you sleepy, so they're best taken before going to bed. Remember to read the label for any side effects before taking a pill.

To avoid the side effects of oral antihistamines, apply topical antihistamines directly to the affected area.

Anaesthetic

Lignocaine is a strong local anaesthetic that can be added to topical creams to quickly numb the area where it is applied, providing almost instantaneous itching and irritation relief.

Gels vs creams vs lotions

  • Ointments like petroleum jelly keep moisture in the skin. They also act as a barrier to keep possible irritants out of your skin. On the downside, they can be greasy and messy to apply.
  • Creams are thick but tend to be less greasy than ointments. Unlike ointments, they may contain preservatives and other ingredients in them that your skin can have a negative reaction to - therefore have a good look at the ingredients list before buying any creams.
  • Lotions provide temporary relief but less protection than ointments and creams since they tend to be thinner. They have a high water content, meaning that once they evaporate, your skin may go back to feeling dry.

What to look for in skin care products for sensitive skin

Short labels: Wading through the ingredients on beauty products can be time-consuming and confusing since chemical names can be long, but in general, a shorter ingredients list is preferable to a longer one because there are fewer potential irritants in the mix, indicating that it may be more gentle on the skin.

In particular, redness-prone skin is often sensitive to the following ingredients: alcohol, synthetic fragrances, and essential oils like citrus, eucalyptus, and peppermint.

Soothing ingredients: Use products that will rebuild the skin's protective barrier and reduce inflammation after gently cleansing. Ceramides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin B12, niacinamide (vitamin B3), colloidal oatmeal, sulphur, licorice extract, and vitamin E are some of the ingredients to look for.

Children: When looking for the best anti-itch cream for babies and children, look for ingredients that are soothing and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. This can be challenging because their allergies may not be obvious yet.

Look for moisturising creams without any parabens, phthalates or fragrances.

Skin type: Depending on which skin type you have (normal, sensitive, dry, oily, combination), you’ll want to choose a different set of ingredients to best suit your skin.

Smell: While it’s been stated before that you should avoid cosmetics with perfumes in them - they are usually added for a reason, to mask unpleasant chemical odours. Without these perfumes, ointments may contain unpleasant smells so it’s worth seeing what reviewers had to say in this regard before ordering anything online.

Value for money: Many products can overcharge for products that either don’t do the job well or provide very little value for money. Since most ointments can’t be returned, your best bet to figuring out if a product is worth the money is to read reviews on it.

Ease of application: There is nothing worse than a product that is difficult to apply or gets everywhere. A useful thing to consider is whether your product comes in a tub, a squeezy tube or another format that best suits your preferences.

You can read reviews on our website and see how others fared with different skin irritation care products.

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