Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic skin condition affecting more than 30 million Americans. For relief of the itching, inflammation, and scaly skin associated with eczema, some patients turn to ceramides (a type of naturally occurring fat used as an ingredient in many skincare products).
Essential to healthy functioning of the skin barrier, ceramides have been found at low levels in eczema patients in a number of scientific studies. In addition, some research suggests that use of skincare products containing ceramides may help improve eczema symptoms and shorten the duration of flare-ups in patients with mild to moderate eczema.
For more help in soothing eczema, consider taking probiotics (beneficial bacteria found to reduce eczema occurrence in several studies). There's also some evidence that skincare products containing licorice, chamomile, evening primrose oil, and/or borage oil may offer eczema relief.