Eczema is a skin condition characterized by red, flaky patches of skin. It causes dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity. Flare-ups can happen anytime, though dry indoor heat and cold outdoor temperatures can make it much, much worse than it is already, meaning winter is rife with eczema flare-up opportunities.
According to the National Eczema Organization, almost 32 million Americans have some form of it, so it's by no means a niche skin condition. But even so, there aren't that many targeted treatments. Aside from prescription ointments that dermatologists can recommend for specific cases, the general consensus seems to be that the best way to prevent and treat eczema is by simply moisturizing.
With eczema sufferers in mind, one cult-favorite French pharmacy brand, La Roche-Posay, created a unique line of body moisturizers called Lipikar. It works as a prebiotic, diversifying and replenishing the skin's natural bacteria barrier. Keep scrolling to see La Roche-Posay's new prebiotic skincare.
The first thing you should know is that 2 of the 3 Lipikar products are officially accepted by the National Eczema Foundation (the third is pending approval). They are recommended to moisturize and alleviate dry, scaly, and sensitive skin. In other words, these products are completely safe to use on eczema-prone areas.
This lotions, simply called Lipikar Lotion, can be applied daily to restore the skin's lipids and moisture levels along with its microbiome. The healthy bacteria that make up the microbiome are completely natural in origin; they help protect the skin and keep it nourished. In fact, research shows that these healthy bacteria play an active role in preventing and treating eczema flare-ups.
The secret is in La Roche-Posay's patented Aqua Posae Filiformis, which is an extract developed in the brand's thermal spring water. It acts as a prebiotic (i.e., anything that encourages or induces the growth of new healthy bacteria). That's paired with shea butter and niacinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3 that soothes the skin.
This iteration of the Lipikar line is a body cream, which we're assuming means it has a slightly thicker texture than the lotion. It similarly rebalances the skin's microbiome and protective barrier while deeply moisturizing. It's so gentle that it can even be used on babies.
While the other two moisturizers are great for preventing eczema, this one seems to be formulated specifically for treating already existing flare-ups. Along with the other Lipikar ingredients, it has 1% colloidal oatmeal to relieve and reduce the appearance of itchy and irritated skin, no matter if that's on the face or the body. It's also steroid-free, non-comedogenic, and allergy-tested.
Here at Byrdie, we're big fans of La Roche-Posay's products (like the Anthelios 60 Face and Body Melt-In Sunscreen Milk $60), so we're looking forward to trying these new products out in the cold weather/dry skin war we wage each winter.