I have eczema. Not all year round. Just December through March. Sometimes, it’s just a minor annoyance. Other days, I’m covered with dry patches and the itchiness is almost too much to endure.
For the past few years, I’ve been eczema-free. So I thought that maybe I’d kicked the condition…that is, until it returned with a vengeance last month.No joke – in less than a week, two tiny bumps on my upper arm morphed into a scaly, raw, inflamed rash that covered the right side of my torso, hip and upper thigh. And there’s no cure. Can you believe that BS? We can land a space probe on a moving comet, but can’t figure out a way to prevent me from scratching my own skin off? Anyway, I digress…
My doctor prescribed a topical steroid cream, which I hate to use because it’s very tedious (you need to cover every patch to keep it under control), it thins the skin and your body can become immune to the medicine. My rash was so out of control that I reluctantly obliged. But I supplemented with some great products I picked up at Target, so I wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on the steroid.
Yes to Coconut Eczema Relief Spray is a fragrance free, light yet efficacious cream spray that provides intense moisture and helps relieve dry, itchy skin. Formulated with Virgin Coconut Oil to hydrate and Tamanu Oil to help soothe – it’s the perfect formula for skin that needs a little more TLC. It has hydrocortisone in it, so be sure not to overuse. The 2 oz bottle is perfectly purse sized, for itch relief on the go.
Gold Bond Ultimate Eczema Relief Skin Protectant Cream alleviates 5 common symptoms of eczema (itch, dryness, peeling, roughness and redness) to help skin look and feel healthy again. With 2 times the Colloidal Oatmeal of other over-the-counter brands, this product alleviates itchy, irritated skin. Plus, a blend of Vitamin E, Aloe, 7 moisturizers and 3 vitamins soothes and protects eczema-prone skin. It’s steroid free, dye free, fragrance free and gentle enough for daily use. I use it, every morning (post-shower), on areas that are more eczema prone.
Both products are available at drugstores and mass market retailers. Each costs around $10 (click here for a coupon) – but, for eczema sufferers, they’re worth their weight in gold.