I am prone to outbreaks of rosacea on my neck, specifically behind my ears. I blame it on testing new shampoos and conditioners that I turn out to be allergic to (a recent culprit was Kronos K Charge). I was recently given a little pot of Atopalm MLE Cream ($36) to sample and it is nothing short of impressive.  My skin cleared up overnight - and without using any steroids.

Atopalm MLE Cream is designed to soothe very dry and inflamed skin, calm rosacea and eczema and even tend to bug bites. It is supposed to work by replenishing the skin's natural barrier function. One of the key components to achieve this is myrisyl/palmityl Ooxostearamide/arachamide MEA, derived from palm oil. This is a synthetic pseudoceramide. Ceramides make up skin’s lipid composition and is what helps skin repair its own barrier function.

I like the inclusion of macadamia seed oil. Macadamians are amazingly nutritional and 22% of the oil is omega 7, a fatty acid. Portulaca oleracea is purslane, which is very high in omega 3. Meanwhile, studies have shown licorice to help reduce the redness and irritation commonly associated with various ailments such as rosacea, psoriasis and acne.

Unfortunately, there two parabens and BHT, all of which are thought by some to be associated with cancer. Nonetheless, Atopalm is a very helpful addition to my life.


Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Myrisyl/Palmityl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, PEG-10 Glyceryl Stearate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Squalane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, PEG-10 Glyceryl Stearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sunflower Oil Decyl Esters, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantion, Stearic Acid, BHT, Essential Oil, Fragrance