Dry, Cracked Hands? It Could Be Eczema — Here’s What Experts Say To Do


This is the best way you are going to keep flare-ups in the area at bay. By keeping the area hydrated, you’re better supporting your skin barrier function. (See, eczema is, by its nature, a compromised skin barrier.)

Looking for a good moisturizer? Here’s a tip from King: “Moisturizers ideally contain three components: humectants, emollients, and occlusives. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, are mostly low-molecular-weight substances that bind water into the stratum corneum. Emollients, like squalene, fatty acids, and ceramides, help in skin barrier function leading to overall improvement in skin texture and appearance. Finally, occlusives are oils and waxes that form an inert layer on the skin and physically block transepidermal water loss. Examples include beeswax and lanolin.”

If you’re growing weary of applying creams all day, you can also do much of the heavy lifting while you sleep: “Sleeping with a thick moisturizer under white cotton gloves is a great way to moisturize,” says King.