Got Psoriasis Or Eczema? Here’s The One Ingredient You Should Be Using

The struggle need not be this real, or itchy...

Jessie Van Amburg and Gotlhokwang Angoma-Mzini |

Psoriasis or eczema is usually associated with dry winter skin, but the reality is that all that flaking and itching can cramp your style year-round. If you’ve tried half the moisturisers in your local pharmacy with no success, you want to start scouring labels for this key ingredient: ceramide.

What Is Ceramide?

A ceramide is a molecule made of essential fats, says dermatologist Dr Jennifer MacGregor. Ceramides are naturally found in the upper protective layers of the skin — but they can also be infused into moisturisers and cleansers.

What Do Ceramides Do?

You’ve probably seen creams and moisturisers with a big “ceramide” label splashed all over them. That’s because ceramides are insanely good moisturisers. They help restore your skin’s barrier function, which keeps water in and prevents moisture from escaping, says dermatologist Dr Debra Jaliman. By strengthening your skin’s barrier, ceramides also help create a protective insulation that blocks bacteria, environmental pollutants and other junk from getting under your skin.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement (R965)

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This water-based serum has a lightweight texture that works for all skin types. It’s fragrance-free (always good news for sensitive skin) and absorbs into skin quickly, leaving it feeling softer and lightly moisturised. Available at .

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (R825)

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A silky-smooth serum that enhances your skin’s barrier repair, increases moisturisation in the surface layer of the skin and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while still providing the real ceramide experience. Available at .

Eucerin Urea Repair Plus 10% Urea+Ceramide & Nmf Lotion (R199)


This lotion gives extremely dry, itchy and flaky skin the care it needs by helping the skin strengthen it’s protective barrier. Clinically proven to deliver immediate relief and intense moisturisation, delaying the symptoms of both extremely dry skin for up to 48 hours. Skin feels smooth and supple. Available at .

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