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Exederm is a good solution for eczema, winter skin

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December 4, 2008 Reviewed by admin 11 Comments
The Exederm 3-Step System for sensitive skin ($34.99)

Both Marta and I have had good experiences using these products: Marta, who had an eczema flare up nicely prevented by the flare control cream ($14.99, 2 oz.) (the main active ingredient being hydrocortisone); and I, with the super-sensitive cleansing wash ($12.99, 8 oz.) and intensive moisturizing cream ($14.99, 4 oz.)

The Exederm skin care line ($34.99 for the 3-step system) is the only line that has been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association, and the reasons are pretty clear: each formula uses the mildest ingredients possible with no fragrance, color or dyes, parabens, lanolin, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, or phthalates. (Read the National Eczema Association’s Product Review of Exederm.)

What's nice about this line is that it is non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) and can be used on both the body and face, although you should take the usual care to avoid the eye area.

The cleansing wash uses decyl glucoside, which is very mild and often found in products intended for sensitive and baby skin. However, I must point out that the formula does include phenoxyethanol and tetrasodium EDTA, both preservatives with possible irritating effects.

Now, when it comes to the intensive moisturizing cream the primary ingredient is petroleum. As Marta wrote about in her post Aquaphor and petroleum safety,

"Certain impurities may be in the petrolatum and
they can cause allergies and even be a carcinogen. Cosmetics should use
highly refined petroleum that has been cleaned of these impurities. The
EU requires product makers to provide a certificate saying the
petroleum used is carcinogen-free...This should mean that a petrolatum-based product bought in Europe is
safe. In the US, where there isn't such a restriction, we frankly don't
know. So, it is probably best to avoid it if possible. But if you find
something that works and that you don't get a reaction to, then there
is probably no need panic and go petroleum-free."

According to the Exederm literature, their formulas use a highly purified, pharmaceutical grade of white petroleum jelly, so I believe that any concerns can be put to rest.

On a similar note, this cream also includes palmitic acid, which has been linked to cancer. As expounded on a skin cancer prevention and treatment website,

"Palmitic acid, a saturated fat found in high concentration in cocoa butter, is very toxic to damaged tissues and promotes their natural self destruction apoptosis mechanism. Cancer cells usually have a defective apoptosis mechanism and try to live indefinitely. Palmitic acid is the direct precursor of ceramide, a signaling molecule for regulating the differentiation (changeover from a cancer cell to a more normal cell), proliferation, and apoptosis of cells. Ceramides are found in high concentrations within the cell membrane of cells. They are released from the cell membrane by enzymes and then act as a signaling molecule. Topical application of palmitic acid on skin cancer could enhance the natural ceramide signaling function substantially."

I must say, however, that beside this, I haven't found much else out there making that direct of a link. It also sets my mind at ease this this formula does have the Seal of Acceptance from National Eczema Association.

Like the other two products, the flare up control cream has listed in its ingredients petrolatum, phenoxyethanol, and palmitic acid, which have been discussed at some length above. The primary active ingredient in this cream is the ubiquitous and commonly used ingredient Hydrocortisone acetate USP 1%. Working in combination as a topical corticosteroid and local anesthetic, hydrocortisone works to reduce skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) and decrease pain in the affected area. When applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances.

As with all hydrocortisone creams, Exederm does not recommend using the product every day. Instead it should be used only to control eczema flare-ups.

In sum, I do recommend the Exederm line. It is highly moisturizing, effective and has been nothing but gentle on my most sensitive skin.

Ingredients in Cleansing wash:

Purified water, glycerin, disodium cocoamphodiacete, decyl glucoside, disodium cocoglucoside sulfosuccinate, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol,caprylyl glycol, tetrasodium EDTA, sodium chloride, citric acid

Intensive moisturizing cream:

Water, petroleum, capric triglyceride, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, palmitic acid, glycerin, ceteareth-20,sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, citric acid

Flare control cream:

Active Ingredient: Hydrocortisone acetate USP 1%

Inactive ingredients: (base) caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, ceteareth-20, anthemis nobilis, citric acid, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, palmitic acid, petrolatum, phenoxyethanol, stearic acid, purified water

  • August 19, 2016

    by c.harrison

    One word simply wow I don't usually write a review but on this particular product I thought I had to I just start using the cream and the first or second day I saw big results I am very impressed two thumbs up I also tried other creams on the market even creams that was prescribed by my doctor but I never saw a result like this I have itchy bumps around me groin area and on my legs and right away the bumps have went down and so has the redness I highly recommend this cream to anyone that has that type of symptoms like I said I just started using it so I will see where this adventure will lead me.

  • October 22, 2009

    by marta

    Welcome Vivian,
    You could also take a look at a new find called Atopalm:

  • October 22, 2009

    by Vivian

    I have had eczema for aver 40 years and have tried just about every product over the counter as well as several prescription items. My eczema is getting worse with each passing year. I came across your website today and I am looking forward to trying the Exederm products.

  • October 17, 2009

    by Kaitlin Kittredge

    My seven year old daughter has eczema on the tops of her hands and wrists. It is very painful for her and probably irritated by the fact that she has some constipation issues and has to follow a strict bathroom schedule every two hours, so is washing her hands very frequently. I have not found anything yet that has helped. Her scalp has also started to get dry and irritated lately, as we have recently turned our very dry heat for the season! I would love to try this product.

  • December 31, 2008

    by Bonnie Walker

    I am happy to learn and am encouraged that this product has helped others. I have had atopic dermatitis and eczema for several years. I have used different medications prescribed by my dermatologist, however, they do not work. The outbreaks are occurring more often and are very painful, and I don't know what else to do. I have taken different vitamins and supplements to try to boost my immune system but no luck. I have been surfing the Internet hoping to find a product that can help me and found the Exederm website.


  • December 31, 2008

    by Patricia Norwood

    I stumbled onto the website attempting to find something "breakthrough" for my son.
    After trying new/old school products and every treatment currently available, it would be a fine thing to find him a product that would help diminish the suffering and self-conciousness he has dealt with all his life.

  • December 29, 2008

    by Adan

    Like many people, I've been dealing with chronic eczema for almost 10 years. I'm tired of people, after seeing my skin, coming up to me and telling me that I must have "one angry cat" or even asking me if "what i've got" is contagious. I've tried pretty much everything that is out there for controlling my flare-ups, from regular creams and moisturizers to prescriptions. Most of them didn't work AT ALL, and the few that were able to do anything for me stopped working after a few weeks. I'm at my wits end trying to find some way of calming my skin down. I came across your site after googling "good skin with eczema" to see if such a thing was even possible! I really want to try these products and see if they can help me manage my eczema in any way!

    Wishing for the best,

  • December 6, 2008

    by Lindsey N

    Hello, how are you? :o)

    Well, I’ve been dealing with chronic eczema since I was three years old; I am currently 22 years old and have tried absolutely every product I could find. I’ve seen doctors and specialist; and have been up and down the hierarchy of medications, ointments, creams and light booth treatments. Some have been more effective than others. However, my skin would either get used to the treatment and would no longer work, irritate my skin severely, or not work at all. My friend introduced me to your site because the products that she has tried have worked wonders for her skin. I’m really interested in trying these products in hopes that it would provide a refuge for my skin.

    Hoping for the best,

  • December 5, 2008

    by Rose

    Good Day,

    My boyfriend has eczema, and in the winter time, it 's worse. I've given him my lotion and all to use, thinking the girly lotion and cream would work, but it hasn't. I would love for him to try this. He would appreciate seeing improvements in his skin, and I would definitely too. : )

  • December 5, 2008

    by Diana


    My little niece have eczema and it's so bad that her skin bleeds. We have been to many doctors with her, including Chinese ones who have given her bitter herb mix to drink. They all promised to work, but nothing have really helped. I would love for her to try this, especially since it has the National Eczema Association approval. Her mom would be thrilled to see her daughter's skin condition get better. No one else in our family has it, and it's unfortunate she does.

    I will promise a review, if needed, as I live close to her. I will be able to monitor closely on her skin improvement, if any.


  • December 4, 2008

    by Lisa P.

    Thanks for this great review, Claire. I am the mom of a beautiful little girl, Jordan, who is six years old and have struggled to control a large eczema patch on the back of her right thigh. She gets the little patches here and there but this one area is so stubborn! I am currently using a combination of emu oil and Bee-yond Body Balm (Beeceuticals). This combo is being used because everything else from the derm and pharmacy has failed and I want to use a product with little risk to her health. I would love to try this product for her! Thanks for the consideration. Happy Holidays!

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