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My Eczema Diary: Update on metaderm Spray and Eczema Cream

I‘m grateful to liz and Hausbio that they were kind enough to send me free samples of the Spray and Metaderm Eczema Cream.

So, here‘s my review:

I haven‘t used it for 12 consecutive weeks because I find it not moisturzing enough on me. I think when one goes through topical steroid withdrawal no creams or emollient is good enough because the skin is so sensitive.

Probably it will work on normal eczema but not on someone who‘s going through TSW. Where the skin is uncontrollably itchy, burning, inflammed and spreading non stop. Even cotton clothes are painful when it touches my skin.

I like the spray though, It relieves the itching a bit. Maybe because of the cool feeling to it when applied.

I‘m on my month 3 of not using any Topical steroids and protopic or elidel. My body is withdrawing from these toxic poison.

Probably I will try it again if I have my TSW under control. or if I‘m on my 1 year of withdrawal already. I haven‘t had a break from this mess yet. So it‘s hard to tell if it‘s really helping me.

Our skin is reacts differently, what might work for me, might not work on you and vice versa. It‘s a trial and error thing.

How To Get Rid Of Eczema – My Natural Eczema Treatment How to get rid of eczema? It’s a question that I’ve been asking daily, all my life. I have had eczema for many years and have tried so many eczema treatments. Many different eczema creams and treatments have been recommended and prescribed to me, but nothing has really worked over the long term. Recently I became aware of a natural eczema treatment in the form of an all natural skin balm called Hemp Seed Healing Balm. It has been phenomenal. After 2 weeks of consistent use my eczema has all but cleared on my legs and feet. Finally I have found an all natural eczema treatment and I no longer have to ask: how to get rid of eczema?

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Handmade Healing Cream for Eczema and Psoriasis

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Skin conditions of any sort can be uncomfortable, but Eczema and Psoriasis are probably two of the most common and irritating. Both are genetic auto-immune skin conditions that result in flaky, inflamed skin that can itch terribly and leave you feeling helpless and even embarrassed. If you or someone close to you suffers from one of them then you’ll know just how much it can affect a person’s life. Outbreaks are often red and swollen and can appear on any part of your body, from your hands to your knees to your face. While affected skin can often appear unsightly, it’s the pain and tenderness that can affect people’s lives for the worse.

There is no cure for Eczema or Psoriasis and treatment is limited to simply controlling the severity of the outbreaks and soothing the symptoms. Keeping the skin clean and moisturised is the usual remedy however some of the prescribed medications and products can be a bit suspect. One of these is the use of mineral oil and petroleum jelly on the skin. Both are by-products of petroleum (gas and petrol) production and while they do help the skin stay moist they clog the pores and prevent air from reaching your skin. The other treatment which is more specifically for Psoriasis involves sitting in a bath with essence of coal tar which is literally the by-product coal being turned into coke. A close family member of mine has Psoriasis and I can still remember the smell of these baths – it’s similar to the smell of tarmac being laid.

However there are natural non-petroleum based options for treatment of Eczema and Psoriasis and at least one which can effectively clear up breakouts: Neem oil. Extracted from the fruits and seeds of the Neem tree, Neem oil is a thick red or green oil which is not only highly moisturising but is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and provides external pain relief. Though its smell can be quite strong its medicinal qualities are impressive and it’s relatively safe to use as a self-prescribed treatment. In fact the Indian culture has been using Neem oil for thousands of years for anything from skin diseases and inflammation to fevers and insecticide.

There are Neem oil skin creams already on the market and if you’re interested in simply buying one then you’ll have no problem locating a few varieties. However, making a topical cream yourself is easy, relatively inexpensive and safe. It also allows you to control just how much Neem oil you want in the product: though Neem is a natural oil, it is strong in both effect and scent.

Neem Cream
Makes one 110g pot

10g* /0.35oz* Neem oil (raw and cold-pressed)
40g /1.41oz Shea Butter
30g /1.06oz Cocoa Butter
20g /0.70oz Castor oil
10g /0.35oz Sweet Almond oil (alternative: Grapeseed oil)**
5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil (optional)
5 drops of Lavender essential oil (optional)

* 10g of Neem oil will result in quite a strong smelling and acting lotion. If you’d prefer, you can reduce the amount by half to 5g to mask the smell and create a gentler cream. It’s also possible to add more than 10g of Neem oil to this recipe but please test your cream on a small part of your infected skin before using it all over. Neem can be quite strong and if it’s placed on the skin undiluted it’s possible that it can cause contact dermatitis.

** For a more liquidy cream add more liquid oil in this recipe

1. Take all the ingredients except for the essential oils and place them into a double-boiler. You can also place them in a metal or glass bowl which can be floated in a pan of hot water. The point of the double boiler (also known as a Bain-marie) is that you want to heat the oils slowly, evenly, and through an indirect heat source.

2. Melt the oils over a medium heat until they are completely liquid. Stir well and place the bowl in the freezer for five minutes.

3. Take the bowl out and beat it with a whisk, adding the essential oils in at this time if you’ve opted to have them in. These fragrances will help mask the scent of the Neem and are both ingredients that will help inflamed skin. Lavender essential oil is extremely soothing and anti-inflammatory and Tea Tree essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial as well as having a soothing medicinal scent.

4. Make sure to scrape any oil that’s hardened along the edge of the bowl back down into the liquid oils then place the bowl back in the freezer for another five minutes – then take it out and beat it again. Repeat this process until the oils appear opaque and creamy then spoon it into a container which is fitted with a lid. You can use the cream after it’s set for about a day.


Eczema Treatment, Causes, Symptoms, Is it Contagious, and …


Eczema Summary

  • Eczema is a general term for many types of skin inflammation, also known as dermatitis. The term
    eczema is sometimes used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.
  • Eczema is believed to result from a genetic defect that results in an abnormality of the skin’s barrier function.
  • Eczema is most common in infants and young children. All races can be affected.
  • Triggers of eczema outbreaks can be environmental irritants or allergens; substances like soaps, perfumes, or chemicals;
    food allergies; lifestyle
    stress; or changes in temperature or humidity.
  • Treatment can include oral or topical corticosteroids, antihistamines, or immune-suppressing drugs known as calcineurin inhibitors.
  • While eczema is not preventable, self-care measures such as frequent hydration of skin and avoidance of extreme temperatures and known irritants can help manage symptoms and reduce the severity of outbreaks.

Eczema is a general term for many types of skin
inflammation (dermatitis). The most common form of eczema is atopic
dermatitis (sometimes these two terms are used interchangeably). However, there are many different forms of eczema.

Eczema can affect people of any age, although the condition is most common in infants, and about 85% of those affected have an onset prior to 5 years of age. Eczema will permanently resolve by age 3 in about half of affected infants. In others, the condition tends to recur throughout life. People with eczema often have a family history of the condition or a family history of other allergic conditions, such as
asthma or hay fever. Atopic dermatitis is believed to belong to a group of related diseases including food allergy, asthma, and allergic rhinitis that tend to develop in sequence, suggesting that atopic dermatitis early in life may lead to or predict later allergic diseases. The nature of the link between these conditions is inadequately understood. Up to 20% of children and 1%-2% of adults are believed to have eczema. Eczema is slightly more common in girls than in boys. It occurs in people of all races.

Eczema is not contagious, but since it is believed to be at least partially inherited, it is not uncommon to find members of the same family affected.

Aloe Vera for Eczema Treatment

Aloe vera and flower petals

Eczema is a universal name for inflammatory skin diseases. The most common form of eczema is called atopy. Such kind of eczema is considered as atopic eczema. This is a noncontagious, constantly arising inflammation of the skin. Eczema can be a result of irritation of the skin to perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, various chemical products, jewellery and other objects or items with nickel content.

The symptoms of eczema are redness, itching or burning, blisters, dry and flaky skin, mostly on the neck of the elbows, knees, arms, legs and head skin. Do not delay with the treatment of this disease, you should immediately take measures. Moreover there are a number of natural healing products that can help stop the itching before healing.

1. Aloe vera for eczema

It is proved that aloe has the whole spectrum of curative properties. Although the appearance of this plant resembles a cactus, in reality this plant is a member of the family of lilies. Aloe gel can be applied to the damaged area, and the juice is suitable for oral consumption.

Preparation of Aloe juice:
– cut the most mature leaves.
– Cut the leaves in half and squeeze the juice.
– Stir the resulting juice in a blender along with citrus.
– Cool the mixture within 2 hours, after that you can apply it.

Preparation of Aloe exterior:
– Cut the mature leaves at the base of plants.
– Wash them in warm water, or water with vinegar.
– cut away all the thorns at the sheet. Cut it in half.
– Apply the juice on the affected area.

2. Coconut oil

100% natural coconut oil is considered one of the best natural remedies for the treatment of eczema, as fatty acid contained in this liquid prevents fungal and bacterial infections when directly applied to the skin. Thus, it moisturizes the skin and helps restore the natural antibacterial and acid barrier of the skin. Coconut oil is easily absorbed, keeping the skin soft and without leaving oily shine. The use of coconut oil helps to reduce chronic inflammation of the skin during the day, providing a soothing and healing effect on blisters, rashes and dry skin.

3. Rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial forest plant with fragrant evergreen needles as leaves. It is widely used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Rosemary essential oil has not only soothing action (add a few drops of oil in water before taking a bath), but also is a good way to stimulate the skin and reduce itching (moisten a cotton pad in this oil and apply on the problem areas).

How to get rosemary:
– Prepare the leaves of rosemary dried stalks.
– Add 55 grams of dried rosemary leaves to 2 cups of oil grape seed. Warm at low temperature for three hours.
– Pour into a clean, sterilized glass container and store in a dry cool place.

4. Tomato juice

The tomato is a very useful component of human life. The tomato is a frequent product in your kitchen, which decorates your meals and salads. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has a positive impact on health. Preliminary studies have shown that lycopene can be considered as a potential agent in cancer prevention. Consumption of tomato juice, at least twice a day, is one of the effective methods to cure eczema due to the anti-oxidant effects of lycopene. The result will be effective.

5. Camomile

This plant has a calming, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antispasmodic effect. According to studies, chamomile is included as a medicinal product in the Pharmacopoeia of the 26 countries. However, the usage of this plant is not limited only to medicine. In the case of eczema chamomile is effective in removing inflammation, restoration of skin tissue and the body itching and irritation of the skin.

Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment – Viva Adonis

Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment

This is a scheduled post as I am away on holiday at the moment! I’ll reply to any comments, questions or queries when I get back! 

If you have been reading our blog for awhile, you may be aware that I have suffered a lot with eczema. I say “suffered” in the past tense because I have somewhat got it under control thanks to a combination of products (You can let me know if you’d be interested in a post on what I have used to quasi-cure my eczema!). However, it is still prone to intermittent flare-ups. For instance, I have noticed that whenever I have worn tights this summer, my legs are red, inflamed and itchy come evening time, probably as the skin can’t breathe. Once this inflammation dies down, the areas of skin where I get eczema remain itchy and end up dry and flaky which leads to more itching, more inflammation and so on; it’s a vicious circle.

Because these flare-ups aren’t actual eczema but, rather an irritation of a dormant skin condition, I have found that moisturising is the best course of action to take to soothe and rehydrate the area. Many creams work just fine for this but, the one I have been enjoying using the most is the Lanolips Lovely Lanolin Golden Ointment (€23.99)*.

Billed as a Super Moisturiser for extremely dry skin, Golden Ointment combines the moisturising action of Lanolin with Manuka Honey and Vitamin E to nourish and sooth dry and irritated skin as well as problem skin issues. Golden Ointment is specifically for larger areas of dry or sore skin and is not intended for use on the lips.

As the Lanolips tagline goes, this is a “very, very rich” ointment that has an extremely thick consistency. The Lanolin is the moisturiser as it holds over 200% of its own weight in water and it is also the Lanolin that makes the ointment so rich and thick (and hard to squeeze out of the tube!). The Manuka Honey contains an enzyme that produces hydrogen peroxide which acts as an antiseptic and it also promotes rapid healing and soothes inflammation. Vitamin E conditions the skin and acts as an antioxidant.

After warming the tube between my hands to help the product squeeze out easier, I apply a very thin layer of Golden Ointment to the areas of eczema that are angry and dry. It is instantaneously soothing – I swear I can feel my skin breathe a sigh of relief! – and as the ointment soaks in, my skin becomes noticeably looser and less taut due to the moisturising capabilities of the product. One or two applications later and the previously dry and flaky skin is no more and most of the redness and itching has subsided. This is a very rich product and it does leave a greasy film on the skin (which I eventually wipe away) so, I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who suffers with oily or congested skin.

I have taken to carrying the tube around with me in case disaster strikes and I need to take immediate action and I have found it really effective at staving off the worst of an eczema flare-up. I’m sure this could also be used very successfully on very dry elbows, ankles and knees as a pre-tanning treatment and also on generally dry skin and it is one of those multi-purpose products (like La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5) that’s just worth having to-hand.

AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Cream & Body Wash Review

Aveeno Baby Eczema Care


I was recently sent a sample of AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Cream & AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Body Wash to try. The AVEENO® Baby products for Eczema Care I received are both free of fragrance, alcohol and contain no steroids. They have been specially formulated to be mild and gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin with eczema and pediatricians recommend them.

The AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Body Wash contains natural colloidal oatmeal – a finely ground skin treatment made from oats and known for its ability to hold in moisture and soothe extra dry skin. It’s been blended with rich emollients to protect dry skin in a gentle way and relieve itch and irritation caused by eczema.

The AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Cream contains soothing colloidal oatmeal, pure oat essence and ceramides – essential lipids found within the skin’s surface that help lock in moisture and prevent the reoccurrence of itching and irritation.

My son is almost 3 years old and he has been experiencing eczema breakouts since he was an infant. During the outbreaks his skin gets very red, dry and itchy and he is very uncomfortable. We have been using both the AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Body Wash and AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Cream every night and I am already noticing a big difference in his skin. I particularly like that after application my son’s skin is fully moisturized and healthy looking right away.

I really like that both the body wash and moisturizing cream have no strong fragrances and my son’s skin is smooth and itch-free after each application. I also like that the cream is not greasy and absorbs quickly without clogging his pores.

If your little one suffers from painful eczema I suggest trying the AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care line of products. They have been specifically formulated to be gentle and help reduce itch and irritation caused by eczema.  They also help to moisturize the skin to prevent future outbreaks. My son has not experienced any outbreaks since we started using AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care products and I love that you can use them daily.

“Developed with leading dermatologists, AVEENO® Baby Eczema Care Cream patented Triple Oat formula is clinically shown to sooth baby’s delicate skin and help reduce itch and irritation caused by eczema. This unique formula also moisturizes to help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and helps prevent the recurrence of extra dry skin.”

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Disclosure: “This post was brought to you by Johnson & Johnson Inc via Glam Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Johnson & Johnson Inc.”