For those of you who are struggling and suffering with more severe eczema, it can be a debilitating nightmare. It can be seemingly impossible to control. Western medicine and doctors are not very helpful at all (based on my experience). They enjoy throwing prescriptions at patients who are desperate for relief, but those patients don’t know that the prescription(s) aren’t a solution – they’re a band-aid. Prescriptions for eczema, such a topical steroids, actually make your skin WORSE in the long run, not better.
I know what I’m talking about because I have suffered with severe chronic eczema for most of my life. In that time I have gone through a lot with my skin and I’ve learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work. I want to share my knowledge with you to help you.
The improvement of my skin didn’t come from any doctors, dermatologists or specialists I’d seen many times over. It came from me doing my own research (due to being totally fed up with my situation, doctor’s methods being highly ineffective) and making gradual lifestyle changes.
Despite what you have been told and what you see with Eczema, it goes deeper than your skin. It’s more complex than just your skin. There’s internal factors at play as well.
But, for now, I will focus on sharing some of my favorite non-pharmaceutical topical skin products I use that successfully helps my skin and me to be happier.
- Thermal Spring Water Spray
Thermal spring water is very high in minerals and those minerals are very helpful to your skin when it comes to soothing it and helping it heal from the excessive scratching, rawness, bleeding, cracking, and weeping that comes with having eczema (especially the more severe cases of it). It’s the same reason why the ocean and the dead sea are extremely healing for people who go into that water (the minerals and antibacterial nature of the salt are a powerful combo).
I have used both of the following brand’s thermal water spray products: La Roche Posay and Avene (the spelling is French for both brands).
The thermal water in the spray bottle is the same water that La Roche Posay and Avene use at their individual treatment facility in France. Check out their websites below:
I also randomly discovered that the thermal water stops weeping skin when you spray it on your skin! It’s the first product I ever found to do that EVER in my life!
Make sure your skin is clean before applying the thermal water for best results. If you have skin damage on large parts of your skin, you can spray your skin after you get out the shower (pat your skin dry from the shower, then spray your skin with the thermal water). Let it soak into your skin. You can rub it in if you want to speed up the process, then apply your moisturizer.
2) Lily of The Desert Aloe Vera Gel:
Fresh aloe vera leaf is best, of course. But, the next best option is the aloe vera gel by Lily of The Desert. It comes in two sizes, a smaller squeeze tube and a larger squeezable bottle.
It’s the best aloe vera I’ve ever used on my skin! All aloe vera gel products are not created equal. Cheaper quality ones actually irritate my skin.
Here’s some highlights about this product:
-Made with certified organic aloe vera juice/gel
-No artificial colors
-No animal testing
You can put it all over your body (head-to-toe) to soothe your skin.
3) ‘Dry Patch’ Skin Cream By Di Erbe
This skin cream is formulated for people with eczema and dry skin – hence it’s name “Dry Patch”. The owner of the company actually created the product to help one of her daughters who had eczema. That’s also how she tested the efficacy of the product.
I have been using this product for approximately 10 years – long before it blew up and became super popular.
This product is handmade, vegan, not tested on animals and contains natural ingredients. It is made for sensitive and excessively dry skin. The label says “Eczema Care Formula”.
Check out Di Erbe on: Instagram, Facebook and on their website: Dierbe.ca
Dry patch is also really great for anyone who lives in a country that has winter (with actual snow) and gets the dry skin that tends to come with that season.
4) La Roche Posay ‘Nutritic Intense Riche’
This facial moisturizer is excellent and I use it daily. I have been using this on my face for years and it stopped the dry patches of skin I’d get on my face. The formula is rich and very moisturizing which makes your skin feel comfortable. The fragrance is very light.
Check out this product on the La Roche Posay website or IG page.
Please Note: La Roche Posay and Avene products are formulated for people with atopic prone skin (eczema).
5) ‘Lipid Replenishing Baume’ By Avene
People with severe eczema do not produce lipids in their skin properly (and also their acid mantle also isn’t working properly) – hence the severe dryness. This is why the lipid replenishing baume is so important. Your skin can’t function properly without it’s lipids. That’s why this product is so massively helpful to atopic skin.
La Roche Posay had a lipid replenishing baume up until February 2021, when they decided to get rid of it and replace it with a trash product (I was really upset about that). I was using their product from May 2018 up until earlier this year (Feb 2021) and I absolutely loved it!! It was a life changing product! I told so many people about it.
But I had to find a replacement a.s.a.p. once I found out that La Roche Posay got rid of their product.
I then discovered that the brand Avene has a lipid replenishing baume as well, so I bought it, liked it and have been using it since Feb 2021. You can check out the Avene brand (Note: The spelling is French and there’s an accent on top of the 1st letter ‘e’) on Instagram and/or visit their website.
I hope this information was helpful you and anyone you know who is struggling with eczema. Millions of people struggle with it worldwide (6 million Canadians, 30 million Americans and 15 million people in the UK have eczema, just to name a few).
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