Top Two Cleansers for My Eczema-Prone Skin

The terrible thing about eczema is dryness and then of course the flare-ups; and a cleanser can cause or exacerbate one or both of them. I have given up bar soaps entirely and use exclusively liquid body cleansers for everything that concerns washing.

The next terrible thing after all of the above is that almost all cleansers made for 'sensitive skin' are not suitable for my budget. I might be able to buy them once or twice but cleaning up is a daily business and I find cleansers made for babies are more appropriate financially speaking.

The two cleansers I have here are just that; they are for babies and are mild and not too expensive.

The Johnson's Baby Bath has, or rather had, been a consistent choice of mine but it's been quite difficult to find in shops lately and has presented me a few times with the opportunity to look for other alternatives such as the Summer Naturale Goat’s Milk Body Shampoo which I have written about, and the others which I have not. But this post is not about them.

The Johnson's Baby Bath is a bluish liquid that's quite transparent and doesn't strip my skin dry. The scent is neither bad nor good and not that strong which is fine with me. It is an efficient cleanser except that it's quite stubborn in rinsing off. What I mean is that unless you rinse thoroughly [and I mean really, really thoroughly] it leaves a slippery layer after a wash, which is quite uncomfortable. Having said that, I find that almost all gentle cleansers are difficult to rinse. I guess in a way that indicates the mildness of a cleanser in which that it doesn't strip the moist or oil off your skin.

But this is not entirely true with the second of the top two of my featured cleansers, the Pureen Baby Bath with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. In this regard the Pureen rinses a bit better and still doesn't strip me dry.

The texture of the two cleansers are rather similar. The Pureen is greenish in colour; might be to more clearly illustrate the aloe vera ingredient in the cleanser. So far I haven't found this in a 'refill' package, so you will have to buy the bottle every time.

But if there's one thing that I don't like about the Pureen is the scent. I don't really know how to describe it. Right out of the bottle, the cleanser smells a bit pungent that's not entirely pleasant but with a slight pleasant smell among it. Yes, that's me trying to describe a fragrance; I'm obviously no connoisseur. But I would prefer not to have a whiff at it. But [there's another but!] to be perfectly fair, after a wash the slight pungent-ness is even more slight and leaves the slightly more pleasant smell around that becomes unnoticeable afterwards. In any case, I would prefer the Pureen without a scent altogether.

In general, both cleansers are mild in my opinion and both satisfy my needs for an all-around cleanser; I even use them as shampoos which is something that I've only recently started doing and found it great. I can definitely say that both leave my skin less dry than it usually is, but I think the Pureen is slightly ahead in the least to cause inflammation; in my case, after extended use the Johnson's is more prone to cause flare-ups. 

I do still need to apply moisturisers daily and, occasionally, a corticosteroid cream but every bit helps, like a mild cleanser for example.

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