Tried, Tested & Reviewed: Eczema Products

We put two new eczema products through their paces on the most sensitive skin around


 

My daughter, and in some sense the entire family as an extension, has suffered from eczema since she was two months old. We had initially hoped our January baby was simply reacting negatively to her first harsh northern Alberta winter, however, as winter turned to spring, and spring to summer, the rashes and scratching remained. After numerous allergist and dermatologists visit, we have identified certain triggers and avoid them at all costs, however, flare ups remain. Like many families suffering from eczema we are constantly searching for products, beyond the prescription variety, with the ability to ease the scratching and heal her skin.

The Eczema Society of Canada describes eczema as a chronic inflammatory skin condition, characterized by dry skin, with patches that are red and intensely itchy. These patches of eczema may ooze, become scaly, crusted, or hardened. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the condition can negatively impact quality of life. Eczema can occur anywhere on the skin and is commonly found on the flexors (bends of the arms, backs of the knees).

In addition to eczema, my now four-year-old daughter has very sensitive skin.  We have tried numerous creams, lotions and special eczema ointments over the years, with very little success. Previous to trying the products listed below, plain old Vaseline applied to damp skin straight out of the bath in an effort to lock in the moisture was our go to method for preventing flare-ups. Prescription creams were the only things that had ever been able to ease, let alone clear up, her flare-ups.

Imagine my surprise when after only two days of using skinfix Gentle Eczema Balm not only had my daughter not broken out in a new rash (which is what typically happens when using a new product) but the area had improved. After a week’s use the patch was still there, but noticeable smaller and not causing her to scratch. In fact, she even deemed it her new “feel better cream.”  This is the very first product we have used that has improved a flare up.   Bonus, the Skin Fix line is completely nut free, a dream for us, as our family has both peanut and tree nut allergies.

In addition to the balm, skinfix also carries a Gentle Hair and Body Wash. While this product did little to help treat her flare-up areas, as a maintenance product it works wonderfully. It has left her skin feeling as soft as baby (or a preschoolers) skin should be.  The product’s claim of “gently cleansing, without stripping the skin of moisture” has been proven throughout our use. We will definitely be incorporating the skinfix line into her daily routine.

The Weleda Baby Derm White Mallow Face Cream, however, ended our successful trials. My daughter, thankfully, does not generally experience eczema flare ups on her face, so in order to give the product a fair shot I applied a small amount on both her face, and a flare up spot near her ankle. The location of the cream did not seem to matter; it caused a larger flare up on her ankle and a new rash on her face. To be fair in my assessment, this is not the first eczema product to cause such a reaction, due to her sensitive skin she reacts negatively to many products, which have been recommended to us.

 

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