Skin-Care Tips

This $19 Healing Balm has Derm-Approved Ingredients for Fighting Eczema *and* Psoriasis

Rebecca Norris

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If you’re someone who’s struggled with dry, itchy skin, chances are you’ve turned your attention to products designed to soothe those very symptoms. But if you haven't Province Apothecary's Healing Eczema Balm ($19), you're missing out on one of the best under-$20 solutions money can buy.

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Province Apothecary Healing Eczema Balm, $19

The hero ingredient here is colloidal oatmeal, which dermatologists praise for its ability to soothe and heal both eczema and psoriasis. In a 2020 study, scientists found that applying 1 percent colloidal oatmeal cream (which is the same amount of the ingredient that's used in Province Apothecary's formula) to the skin directly improved incidences of extreme hand eczema. And according to additional research, the ingredient can also help to calm the inflammation associated with psoriasis.

Undoubtedly, Province Apothecary’s Healing Eczema Balm is such a stellar defense against eczema and psoriasis due to the fact that its very creator, Julie Clark, has struggled with the skin conditions throughout her life. And according to reviewers, the formula she developed to treat her own ailments is truly the real deal.

"I have never found a product that has a combination to moisturize and provides both anti-itch and healing properties until now," writes one reviewer who has been dealing with psoriasis and eczema throughout her life. "I can't tell you how much this product has changed my skin and provided comfort to me. I sleep better (not itching) and my skin has actually healed... This is truly a miracle to me.”

“I've tried a variety of assorted lotions, balms, and unguents in an effort to keep my eczema at bay; this is, by far, the best,” writes another fan of the balm. “It actually stops an outbreak, rather than just slowing it down, and combined with the [brand's] Rescue Balm, helps to heal the inflamed skin quickly. I'm recommending this to everyone I know who battles these sorts of skin issues.”

In addition to colloidal oatmeal, the balm is also formulated with a blend of natural oils that further help to support skin health. It's got hydrating hemp oil, calming calendula oil, and rosehip oil, which can help reduce the appearance of scars. It's also made with zinc and turmeric, each of which has skin-soothing properties of their own.

So, are you ready to scratch that itch? No, not the one on your skin—the one pushing you to buy this balm already. Trust us: your skin will thank you.

Got more questions about psoriasis and itchy skin? Check out the video below. 

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