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Let's Talk About Eczema Medications

Your second question (after “What’s eczema?”) is probably “How do I get rid of it?” Start here, with our expert-vetted advice.

    Our Pro PanelEczema Medications

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in eczema to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Bruce A. Brod, M.D., FAAD

    Bruce A. Brod, M.D., FAADClinical Professor of Dermatology

    University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA
    Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.

    Lawrence Eichenfield, M.D.Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology, Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics

    Rady Children's Hospital and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
    San Diego, CA
    Debra Jaliman, M.D. headshot.

    Debra Jaliman, M.D.Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology

    Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY

    Frequently Asked QuestionsEczema Medications

    What’s “weekend therapy?”

    Despite its name, it doesn’t just happen on the weekends! It refers to twice-weekly use of a topical steroid on areas where symptoms usually crop up to help symptoms from recurring. It’s generally recommended for people with more severe eczema, or who have frequent eczema flares.

    Can melatonin help treat eczema?

    Melatonin is an anti-inflammatory, so it may help with eczema, but there’s not enough research yet to say for sure. A 2016 study of 73 children published in JAMA Pediatrics found that kids who took 3 mg of melatonin a day for a month had slight improvement in their symptoms, and slept better.

    Are eczema meds safe during pregnancy?

    Topical steroids are safe, especially at low-to-medium potency levels. The National Eczema Society recommends diluting these steroids with moisturizer, and to avoid using them on areas that will expand, like your tummy, since topical steroids can make stretch marks worse.

    How can I treat eczema around my eyes?

    It’s really uncomfortable, but if it’s any consolation, you are far from alone: It’s really common for adults to get flare ups around their eye area. Calcineurin inhibitors are usually recommended, since they’re safer than steroids and can be used long term.

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses is a writer and content strategist specializing in health, beauty, psychology and lifestyle.