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Ingredients for neurodermatitis – what you should pay attention to

In the basic care of neurodermatitis, the selection of ingredients in the care products is crucial. Avoiding harmful substances and carefully selecting well-tolerated ingredients can have a positive effect on the regeneration of the skin.

In this blog article, we take a closer look at five ingredients that should be avoided if you have atopic dermatitis, as well as five good ingredients that can support basic care for atopic dermatitis and skin regeneration.

5 ingredients you should avoid if you have neurodermatitis

The following five ingredients should be avoided by people with very sensitive skin due to their high allergy potential:


After nickel, fragrances are the second most common trigger of contact allergies and can cause allergic reactions, especially in people with very sensitive skin. Therefore, if you have skin that is prone to neurodermatitis, it is better to avoid fragrances and perfumes in cosmetic products.


Lanolin, also known as wool wax, is the secretion from the sebaceous glands of sheep that is obtained during the processing of sheep's wool. Due to its moisture-binding properties, it is often used in cosmetics to support wound healing. However, in people with chronic inflammatory skin diseases such as neurodermatitis, lanolin can also trigger an allergic reaction, which is why you should avoid using lanolin on a daily basis.


Parabens are artificially produced preservatives that are found in particular in cosmetic products, food or medicines. They are among the ingredients that can have a high allergy potential, so it is better to choose the many products that already do not contain parabens.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is a softener and emulsifier that can dry out the skin. Especially in cases of neurodermatitis, where the skin barrier is often weakened, propylene glycol can put additional strain on the skin and impair the healing process.


Sulfates are among the most aggressive surfactants. Due to their fat-dissolving, highly foaming cleaning effect, they are also often used in the cosmetics industry. While they are often unproblematic for normal skin, they can attack the already defective acid mantle of the skin in patients with neurodermatitis.

5 good ingredients for neurodermatitis

The following 5 ingredients have a low allergy potential and can also help to restore the damaged skin barrier to balance and moisturize the skin.

Vegetable glycerin

Vegetable glycerin has valuable moisturizing properties and helps the skin retain moisture without irritating it.

Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oil contains gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help reduce itching and redness - symptoms that people with atopic dermatitis struggle with.


Squalane is a natural moisturizing ingredient that makes the skin supple without clogging the pores. It supports the skin barrier and can help to strengthen the skin's natural protective film. Squalane is similar to the skin's own sebum and is therefore particularly Very well tolerated even by people with very sensitive skin.


Bisabolol, extracted from chamomile, soothes the skin and also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Bisabolol also moisturizes and counteracts the drying out of the skin.

almond oil

Almond oil is generally considered to be very well tolerated by the skin and has a low allergy potential. It is rich in vitamin E and has soothing properties. It also helps to nourish the skin, reduces the feeling of tightness and generally contributes to the regeneration of the skin.

Our med care range for very sensitive and problem skin therefore does not contain any ingredients with a high allergy potential or fragrances. Instead, we use clean formulas and natural active ingredients in our products that are well tolerated by people with neurodermatitis. Our motto: less is (almost always) more.

Here you can find further information and tips on basic care for neurodermatitis .

med Serie Dr. Michaela Hagemann und Anni von Annisbuntewelt

Biologist and bioanalyst Anni, who shares her knowledge of cosmetic ingredients on Instagram under the name @annisbuntewelt, supported boep founder and doctor Michaela in developing the cream. Together they wanted to develop a care cream for problem skin that was as clean and effective as possible,
at the same time meets the highest natural cosmetics standards. No sooner said than done: with our boep med base cream, the first product for very sensitive skin moved into our shop at the beginning of 2023. Since then, the med series has grown steadily and we can already reveal this much: more products will follow!

ANNI & Michaela


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