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post #91 of 164

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I was diagnosed with asthma in November and then not long after I started to suffer from eczema. But, only on my legs. Its such a hassle, especially in the winter. The whole winter I wore nothing but sweats, I have drawers full of PINK sweats. I can't wear jeans because the fabric irritates my skin. I can wear them when I don't have a flare up. I have to watch everything. Especially my food. I go to my doctor but nothing seems to work and I've just about had it!

I thought it would go away once summer came but its still here I just don't know what to do anymore. I go through aveeno lotions like crazy, and it does help to an extent. I can't use those nice smelly lotions and I tend to get jealous of those in Bath and Body Works lol. But, at least I can speak to people about it and feel like I belong. It's so hard and not many understand.

Any advice I can get on this particular subject would be great. My doctor has just about run out of ideas! lol!
post #92 of 164

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i've had eczema my whole life, and i hate seeing my little son scratching away because he has it too =( all these tips are good and you know we know all the tricks and things to get around it. i use cocoa butter everyday, palmers' to be exact. it keeps my skin mositurized the ENTIRE day. i love it and it helps A LOT!

my skin is so sensitive though.. i am ALLERGIC to MAC LIP GLOSS & LIPSTICK!! (waiting for everyone to faint..) how terrible is that? and i had to learn the hard way because i just couldn't stop using it, until i was tired of the gross breakouts and scarssssssss! they are gone thanks to the cocoa butter =) and studio fix haha. anyone else allergic to l/g or l/s?
post #93 of 164

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I would say to try something natural. I had no relief from mine until I switched to all natural soups and lotions. Benedryl just makes the itching calm down some, it doesn't make it stop, so you're really not missing out on that one.

Often it's the all natural stuff that works better for people, so I would say go ahead and try it. The worst that can happen is that it doesn't work great, but in the meantime, you are using stuff that is good for your skin.
Thank you so much!
post #94 of 164

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I have had eczema, psiorasis, allergies and rashes since ever.
But luckily ? my eczema hardly ever itches, well, it burns when I have flares...
I used almost everything over the counter, cortisone, Rx prescriptions and they all burn, no matter what the ingredients were.
So, I decided to switch to only natural skincare and I started looking into making my own to save money.
I looked for the ingredients everywhere, including the internet.
I now love making my creams and soaps and my skin is much better.
The kitchen looks like a lab sometimes though. LOL!
Let me know if you need some tips for your skin! I'd be happy to help.


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Does eczema have to itch?
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I have eczema (especially on my back) but I'm allergic to a lot of skin products- especially benedryl and most cortizone creams.

Should I try something all natural? Or will that not be affective?
post #95 of 164

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I thought I would make a list of some stuff that worked for me. All of them have no petroleum products. Keep in mind, what works on one person might not work on another (hence one of the reasons they can't just give a cure-all).

Alba Botanica Unscented Original Body Lotion. This worked very well, I just wanted to try something else after a while.

Avalon Organics Peppermint Hand and Body Lotion. Yes, it has scent, but I have found (through experimentation) that natural scents from essential oils do not cause me problems. Please test before you use! The last thing you want to do is cause an attack all over. Do a spot treatment, and see your reaction.

Almond Oil. Just plain almond oil. When my eczema's not acting up, and I don't need much moisture, I use this.

Jason Natural Aloe Vera Satin Soap for Face and Hands. I have also used their Tea Tree version. I only use this as a hand soap. It contains Sodium Myreth Sulfate (not Lauryl/Laureth). Some people react to that one still, but I'm usually fine, as long as I make sure I get all the residue off, and moisturize afterwards. They also have a body version, which I like for bubblebaths.

Dial Complete. Because it's prefoaming, it leaves less of a residue on my hands. I use this when my hands are really dirty, though. Does contain parabens.

As I stated before, this is just what I have seen works for me. I still get flair ups, but they are far fewer than they used to be. Also, if you have the time and patience, I highly suggest making your own products at home. I make my own exfoliators, to make sure I'm not allergic/going to react to anything. A good book for how to make your own products is Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair by Dina Folconi. While I do not aggree with all the stuff in that book (my face plus oil is not a good combination), the directions to making your own products are excellent, and it also gives suggestions for preservation and shelf life.

Hopefully this will help some of you. As always, do a spot test before you cover the entire area, and check ingredients for things you might react to.
post #96 of 164

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I have eczema, but it's limited to my right eyelid. It started out a few years ago, as a light peeling right in the middle of my lid. After treatments with ointments, it went away, but it popped up from time to time. It went away for some years, but last October, it popped up again, this time right on the inner corner of my eye, next to the tear duct... it actually created a small tear there. Ouch! Bought another ointment, another treatment, but it took a while to get rid of it. A couple of months later, another eczema popped up on that same lid, but this one a bit higher up. I cleared it up with the ointment, but it's back now

And the worst thing about my eczema is that it's quite stubborn, it takes a while to go away... the pharmacist who sold me the ointment told me not to use it for longer than 3 days in a row, but if I do that, it doesn't go away, I have to put it at least 5 days in a row. I have tried putting 3 days, stopping for one, and going at it again, but it won't work that way...
post #97 of 164

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I have to tell everyone what I use for my eczema. I get a rash of it on my lower legs really badly in the winter. 2 weeks ago it flared up out of nowhere. Anyways, when I start getting it, this is what I use:
1. I take flaxseed oil, fish oil, and evening primrose oil suppliments as directed on the bottle
2. I use Lush's Dreamwash every day in the shower (I swear to all that is good this is the best shit ever. I think that this is the key thing that I use. On the days I forget to use it when I have a flare up, my legs itch).
3. Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion (morning & night)
4. Florasone Cream (I got it at Whole Foods) when it starts itching

The Lush Dreamwash is just the best stuff ever. I can not tell you all how glad I am that I started using this.

The thing is, you really have to do it everyday. I usually stop using this stuff when the eczema goes away, but then it ends up coming back because dumb me stops using these products daily like I should be doing.

Hope this helps someone!

Oh yeah, I am one of those people who used steroids & all that perscription crap. None of that stuff works for me.
post #98 of 164

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I've had eczema my whole life. Mostly during winter & summer...they both seem to dry out my skin & make it all chapped & scaly feeling. I haven't been to the doctors in a few years for it but have been using Neutrogena's Norwegian cream whenever i get a break out. I love it!! it seems to hydrate my skin & after a few uses, my skin is back to normal. As a child I used to break out everywhere knees, elbows, face, etc. Now its every once in a while on my legs & most the time on the top part of my hands.
post #99 of 164

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My excema seems to be controlled now, i'm just left with dark "scars" left by it! Anyone know how to get rid of them?
post #100 of 164

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in the fall of 2004 i woke up with a weird reddish bump on near the bridge of nose, on the left side. It looked like a bug bite at first, but then it got bigger, until it got bigger. After a while the rash spread around my eye. I would wake up with my eye swollen shut.
Anyway, my derm. said it was eczema. It was brought on by stress, i had never had it before. He gave me this stuff called pro-topic (i think) it was about 80$ for a small tube. HE said to apply it twice a day and that it would feel like there was a lot of heat coming off the area. Well, i used it, and honestly, by the end of the first time using it, it was 90% gone. I used it about 4 more times, and my eczema was gone.
It came back once, around christmas, again, i put protopic on once, and the spot disapeared. This stuff was a godsend.
post #101 of 164

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Well I don't have eczema but my 2 yr old does, it started as dry skin on her elbows when i asked her dr he said just keep applying moisturizer and it didn't get better. so he give me a rx for cortizone lotion and that really didn't work. so finally i took her to the derm and got a rx for desonide for when it acts up it seems to help and has it under control for now. I use cetaphil bodywash and lotion. i recently got a sample from lush and used it twice. i also have to wash her cloths with free and clear soap.My only concern is that when she gets older will it get worse will she be able to wear mu and not irritate her skin. My poor baby.
post #102 of 164

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Originally Posted by aimerbijoux View Post
My excema seems to be controlled now, i'm just left with dark "scars" left by it! Anyone know how to get rid of them?
You could always try a scar treatment ointment like Maderma, I think it's called. Time is always the best remedy, though. They'll eventually fade on their own.
post #103 of 164

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I'm having a really bad outbreak on my hands and arms at the moment. I normally only get a breakout on my hands after a clinical placement (I am a student nurse so the constant handwashing does me no favours) and was thankful I had escaped this term eczema free. So, imagine my disappointment when I woke up on Saturday (1 day after the end of term!) to find I'd been shredding my skin in my sleep

I'm trying to convince my BF not to use fabric conditioner when washing his bed linen, and change his brand of washing powder to one that is friendly to my skin as I think that is what has broken me out this weekend (I was staying over on Friday night). Washing detergents seem to be my biggest trigger at the moment.

I'm just so frustrated that it's happened! I've got some Doublebase emollient left from my last prescription and a small amount of Betnovate cream. Hopefully that will clear it up quickly as I can't afford a new prescription at the moment (each item is around £7). The Betnovate works well, but I dislike using steroid creams often.
post #104 of 164

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I've made my own concoction of creams because the over counter stuff and prescribed medications weren't working at all in relieving itch. And to think it has steroids freaked me out a bit...

I use the big tub of Eucerin (or the store version of this cream) to put all the stuff in it. I put some vitamin E oil in 70,000 iu - from Sundown. It was like, $13 for 4 bottles - I just used one. Whatever prescribed cream I had, I put half of it in (it was the travel size). And Cetaphil lotion for dry sensitive skin. Just mixed the whole thing up and use it after my showers or when I itch. This worked so much - and the vitamin E oil has helped with scaring as well. It leaves my skin very smoothed and not dull looking.

I have this huge flarup on my ankle - I'd take a picture of it but I'm embarressed, and just using it every other day after I shower - the look reduced tremendously, not scaley no more and doesn't itch in the middle of night like it use to.
post #105 of 164

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when i was little i had 'normal' eczema, just around the backs of my knees etc except one day when i was about 13 my lips suddenly dried out so much and i didn't have lipbalm or any access to some all day, so i just licked my lips. that pretty much then triggered severe eczema, however it never itched. i discovered through process of elimination that it was from oranges, and red food colouring that triggered it, and whenever my lips were very dry. i used daktacort for about 2 years then it improved somewhat, but never went. it started to get dramatically worse a few weeks back and started to go into scabs, so i went to the doctors and was prescribed hydrocortisone with anti-bacterial stuff in it and it's completely cleared, not even a sign i ever had it apart from some very mild skin discolouration. i'm thinking perhaps it was slightly infected all along which is why it never cleared up just glad i've got rid of it now. so, there is hope!
post #106 of 164

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For all my life (I'm sixteen now) I've had really bad eczema. As a kid I had it on my inner elbows and back of my knees mostly, now it has just been concentrated mostly on my left wrist and front of the neck. It sucks! It got really bad (front of my neck turned purpley, yes, very gross and embarrassing) until ... drum roll, please ... we met someone who sold Market America products. Market America is AMAZING! In just a matter of weeks my eczema improved dramatically, and even though I have really bad flare ups, like today, it's ten times better than how it used to be. I take the OPC-3, Digestive Enzymes and other powder supplements every day. It's really worth it.

I also use LUSH Dream Cream, Honey I washed the kids soap, and other LUSH products :]
post #107 of 164

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Gosh, it's so nice to know I'm not alone.

When I was a little girl, my mom used to use Nivea religously all over me. I didn't realize I had eczema this badly until recently when I was rubbing my arm and felt a weird patch...sooner or later, both of the tops of my arms are covered in little whitish circles, and sometimes there are red ones, odd shapes, weird texture, etc.

It makes me so self conscious because my boyfriend always says "babe make sure you put your cream on" and tells me (not in a rude way) when it's getting REALLY bad. I hate it. It has now developed on parts of my tummy, my thighs, and a little guy on my face. It makes me want to cry when I see myself.

Especially with summer coming up, I'm not going to be wearing long sleeves anymore!

I made an appt for the dermatoligist months ago, and I can't get in until next month because they're so packed with patients.

I went to my family medicine doctor and she said she can't really do anything about it other than suggest hydrocoritsone.

Aside from that, I have this weird rash thing that is under my nose and on my chin. I looked it up online and I think I have Perioral dermatitis. It is so ugly! I hate it. Sometimes it burns, gets scabbish and peels.

Hopefully the dermatologist can fix me ASAP.


....This rash (under the nose & chin), it's exactly what I developed out of nowhere this year. Dr. says it's from being stressed. He said cortisone or anti-inflammatory meds, but I have branched out to search for myself and found that EMU OIL (pure) and EMU oil lotion (has almond oil in it), is working the best so far. If nothing else, I have to say that this product is the best moisturizer I have ever tried, not to mention that it does not cost alot of money at all, considering what we shell out for makeup alone . I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It doesn't clog your pores either and is absorbed very quickly into my skin (before makeup). Under the nose and in the chin area, is an awful place to get it, very strange to me - but this is working well. Also, washing it a couple times a day with cold antibacterial soap (a qtip is fine), then a tiny drop of EMU oil, and you are set. This stuff is great. HTH someone...Glad I came across this post!
post #108 of 164

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Besides Emu Oil, some cheaper alternative oils great for dermatitis are Meadowfoam oil and Evening Primrose Oil.
Emu is great but it is an animal fat so a lot of people don't want to use it.
I wrote a few months ago that since I started making my own natural skincare and soaps my eczema got a lot better.
No, it has COMPLETELY CLEARED UP!
As you may know, ezcema is some kind of allergy. I suspect my allergy to be to the SLS that we find in hand and body soap as well as shampoos.
SLS is a surfactant and makes your soaps foam a lot but the sulfate is really bad for sensitive skins.
Since I stopped using synthetic products and used my soaps instead, the eczema disappeared.
Read your labels and try to understand them better. It may solve your problems.
post #109 of 164

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This thread has been so helpful! I dont know what I have, but they arms and legs itch terribly when I get out of the shower and then randomly at diffrent times during the day. What was mentioned about food really makes since to me. When im eating healthy and excercising it doesnt seem to be as bad. I went to the dermatologist and he couldnt really tell me anything. He said come in "when its flaring" ok, kinda hard to plan so I never went back. I have used so many things. So far the best lotion that helps me is the gold bond intensive moisture cream and there is a new euciren body wash that is an oil based and not cream. It makes a huge diffrence in my skin. also burts bees has this almond baby oil I think. I spray it on my legs and arms right before I get out of the shower... really helps. Its crazy cause I have never ad a problem untill the last couple years....
post #110 of 164

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my brother has eczema, it used to flare up pretty bad..
he was prescribed cortizon (sp?) and now it isnt as bad as before
post #111 of 164

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post #112 of 164

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I haven't read through the pages but wanted to tell of my problem with eczema a few months back.

I had been dealing with a lot and was stressed to the max. My hands were always in gloves and I developed it when I have never had it before. I was told by a friend to use olive oil. I did and in a couple days it cleared and I have not had a repeat.
post #113 of 164

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I hate eczema! I personally have been suffering for 8 yrs. now and die everytime I have an outbreak! At first I thought I had an allergic reaction to some estee lauder perfumed lotion, but when I went to the doctors they told me it was a rash and would go away. Until I couldn't stop scratching and scarring. When I'd sweat it would burn my skin! But over the years I've changed doctors and I now use a prescribed hydrocortisone cream 2.5% and any form of Eucerine lotions. That brand is a god send!! Really, I would get breakouts with every drastic change in the weather (summer, winter, PA weather) and I would put some of the cream on with some Eucerine on top, and Voila! It's a miracle worker. Although it is a topical steroid, I don't use it for long periods of time. I have to be careful though because I get itchy whenever I'm the slightest dry skinned. Nivea lotion for extremely dry skin works wonders as well on less sensitive days.

I'm rambling ladies and gents, but I share your pain!
post #114 of 164

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I use Eucerin like deadSavvy-it's great for all the flareups on my body, but I still have a massive ugly patch of eczema on my right cheek. It's horrible and I can't cover it with makeup or it gets worse

I use cortisone cream but another thing I've found that helps is that I switched to no 'poo for my hair (I don't use shampoo, just the occasional apple cider vinegar or baking soda and water rinse) and I'm trying oil cleansing on my face. Since I've done that it's really helped the flareups above my shoulders. *knock on wood*
post #115 of 164

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I use emu oil and not only did it take away my eczema but also made lines and wrinkles go away. I now use it on my entire face and neck! Love it!
I found it to be reasonably priced for 1 oz at flufferella
post #116 of 164

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im a eczema sufferer as well and i hate it! recently i purchased cetaphil moisturizer and cleanser. i'll see how that goes. anyways, its good to know how much support there is in here. i'm thinking of trying out the Lush Dream Cream.
post #117 of 164

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I have eczema and it was really bad when I was a child. It's gotten better over the years because I know how to treat it...but this last summer it was HORRIBLE! It was probably the humid weather or something, but the inside of my arms were constantly raw and red. Thankfully it's toned down since them. Occasionally I have to use prescription lotion for it.
post #118 of 164

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Originally Posted by x0j3s5ica0x View Post
im a eczema sufferer as well and i hate it! recently i purchased cetaphil moisturizer and cleanser. i'll see how that goes. anyways, its good to know how much support there is in here. i'm thinking of trying out the Lush Dream Cream.
When I was a young child, I alternated Cetaphil cleanser with soap in the shower.
post #119 of 164

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I have totally severe eczema to the point where ive tried different creams, steroids, and a treatment where I had to go to my dermatologist once a week and stand in a UV box thing. Elidel didn't work for me and I used Elecon when I was a child. what sucks is now I'm in college and i don't have health insurance. does anyone know any home remedies? and which makeup brands work well wth eczema?
post #120 of 164

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Lately I've heard about a petrolatum-based product called "Egyptian Magic". I Googled it and it's pretty pricey. I also discovered a health food store in my area that carries it. The reviews of it are glowing! I would love to try it, but that price turns me off.
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