Steroid Free Elidel Cream for Eczema

My husband has suffered with eczema most of his adult life, and I was recently told by my dermatologist that my dry skin patches are also eczema. I explained to him that I didn’t really want to use a steroid cream that contains cortosine (this is what my husband and daughter have always used), and asked if there was an alternative. Turns out there is! It’s a cream called Elidel.


Elidel is a medicated cream that contains 1% pimecrolimus, and is available only with your doctors prescription. Elidel is an unscented cream that absorbs quickly into the skin. There is no greasy after math like when you use an ointment.

Elidel is meant to treat eczema (otherwise known as atopic dermatitis). It can be used on your face, head, neck, and even those sensitive areas near the eyes.


I find Elidel a nice alternative to the steroid creams that my family has been using for the past 30 years. Although there are some side effects, I have not experienced any of them. There are some things to take into consideration when using Elidel, such as avoiding exposure to the sun and tanning beds, and it should also not be used if you are pregnant.

I love that there is an alternative cream that works to help reduce the red patches and itching of eczema. This is so safe that even children over the age of two can use it! When my daughter was small, I was always warned about using too much cortisone cream on her eczema, because it gets absorbed right into our bloodstreams. I don’t worry so much with the Elidel, and I don’t have to worry about some of the possibly undesirable side effects of the steroid creams, such as thinning skin or stretch marks.

Elidel can be used twice a day, and I find it works best after a shower in the morning and before going to bed at night. It may take a few days to know if this cream is going to be effective for your skin conditions or eczema, but we’ve had good results with it. Red scaley patches are diminished, and the itch has subsided. I can even use my favorite moisturizers in conjunction with Elidel.

My dermatologist has been around for more than 30 years, and I trust his advice and method of treatment. He prescribes and recommends both the cortisone steroid creams and Elidel. If steroids dotn’ work for your eczema, I would highly recommend that you ask your Dr. about Elidel.

Please know that there are studies that link Elidel to certain types of cancer. WebMD has a good article about this, that I will reference here. As always, do your homework and choose drugs that are the safest possible for your body.

Carl Tores