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Eczema in the media

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Distressed mum » Tue May 27, 2008 11:43 am

My little girl suffers from Eczema and I have tried everything. I have just been reading about FreeDermHC on the internet, which is something a mom in America discovered that apparently starts working within 24 hours. Anyone knows anything about it???
Distressed mum

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby nevergiveup » Sat May 31, 2008 12:50 pm

Someone mentioned B-12 cream and where to find it. A search turned up a cream that sounds promising, i think i'll try it myself. I've had eczema my whole life, and also trying everything. The B-12 is BioEntopic - Vitamin B12 Creme from Harvesthealth.com It's 14.99, but you only get 2 oz. The ingredients are pretty natural, and beneficial. since they only give you 2 oz, i just try it on my face. Godd luck to both of us.

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Louise » Sat May 31, 2008 2:37 pm

Got some questions about dermashield and the other shielding lotions. Has anyone found after a few days their skin goes a bit flaky? The lotions always say they come off naturally with exfoliated skin cells-could it be that, or is it just me and my weird skin?! Still, these products are the best thing I've ever tried-I just ordered a big bottle of dermashield because it made my husbands sore hands better in a week and it is also really good for travelling on long car journeys. When I use these products I use steroids a lot less, but I still need them occasionaly. We read so much about b12 cream being a wonder drug WHY IS NO-ONE MASS PRODUCING IT? We are all queueing up to buy a bottle. Keep your eyes peeled everyone-by the way, I tried to make my own by crushing b12 tablets, but it didn't work!!!

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Morpheus » Sat May 31, 2008 8:02 pm

I tried Derma Shield & Skin MD. My skin reacted horribly to the latter - after 2-3 days use I developed a rash all over the areas I'd applied it to and experienced the most intense ithcing I have done for a long while. It was horrid. It's a shame though because for the first couple of days of using it my skin seemed really nice and smooth... until the rash appeared. Oh and I also experienced that weird flaky thing Louise described - wasn't nice

As for derma shield - my skin responded to that a bit better however I did also develop a few raised areas/bumps/redness when I applied it to my forearms but fortunately no itchiness. I've not used it anywhere else apart from hands or feet recently but will try again when my skin calms down a bit.

Think I'm going to stick with my glycerine and water mixture for a bit. Might try adding some aloe vera to it though.

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby louise » Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:19 pm

Hey morpheus, sorry to hear that the md didn't work for you. like I said before, its got lots of "natural" ingredients, which are all potential allergens and it can be a bit like russian roulette! Read one of the other threads about dilute cider vinegar being good for stopping itching, so I might buy a bottle. Also can you tell me about this glycerine and water you use? Where do you get glycerine from and how much water do you use? Also, is it sticky/greasy or does it absorb into the skin? For example, could you use it on your face if you were going out somewhere?

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Morpheus » Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:32 am

Hi Louise - I read through the ingredients on Skin MD before buying it and there didn't appear to be anything that should have caused a reaction so I have no idea what it was... but never mind.

Fortunately the itchiness has pretty much disappeared now that I'm back to my own 'home-made' emollient.

I buy the glycerine from Boots but you can get it at most other pharmacies. I think it's about £1.75 for a 200ml bottle. It's a clear liquid (don't buy the glycerine & lemon or blackcurrant concoctions!). It's actually sweet if you taste it - it's a sugar alcohol. I'm sure you've seen it listed in the ingredients of lots of other skin products. It's used due to its humecant properties and that's why I was so interested in Skin MD as they stated that its humecant factor was 6 times greater than glycerine.

You'll need a spray bottle to put it in - that's the easiest way to apply it (a bit like some of those sun protection lotions).

One thing - I wouldn't advise anyone to apply it to broken skin as it will burn like hell. Obviously that's a bit crap for people like us with eczema - I have personal experience of this from when I was a teenager and it was first recommended to me to use glycerine. I was still scratching so badly that I wasn't able to successfully use it until my mid twenties when I'd learned to stop scratching so excessively and my skin had healed somewhat. I really believe that it's played a significant role in keeping my skin in good condition. Essentially wherever your skin is intact there shouldn't be a problem with using the glycerine.

You just need to mix it with water - give it a good shake together so that they mix properly. It's entirely up to you how concentrated you make it. I generally go for half glycerine & half water. If my skin isn't so dry then I might cut it down to a third glycerine and two thirds water.

As for application to the face - I don't personally like it as it seems to make my face sweat (but not the rest of my skin for some bizarre reason) - however my mother uses it on her face quite happily.

It's not particularly sticky and is far more pleasant going on than say vaseline or even aqueous cream - and it certainly doesn't ruin all your clothes like the other two do. It doesn't feel sticky when I touch my skin although for example now when I'm typing and my arms are resting on the table or chair arm - my skin does seem to 'stick' to them (doesn't leave any marks or residue) - it's a bit weird but I can live with that!

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Rose » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:59 pm

Hi Morpheus, just a few questions about your glycerine mixture! How many times a day do you usually have to put it on? Does it soak in quickly? Do you have very dry skin and does it moisturise well? I would really like to try it.
Thank you!

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Morpheus » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:27 pm

Hi Rose - I have chronic dry skin but it's much improved with the glycerine. When I first started using it I used to put it on religiously twice a day - once in the morning and once at night - also any time in between when it felt dry but that wasn't too often.

Now that my skin is better I tend to only use it in the mornings. I even go some days without using it at all - but my skin 'feels' better when I do use it regularly (once a day).

It soaks in fairly fast - you don't have to stand there waiting for it to sink in before you put on your clothes - which is what I hated with the 50/50 white soft paraffin that I used previously. Also it doesn't build up in your clothes - I'm sure a lot of people have had this experience with the heavier emollients - ruined clothes and washing machines!

A little goes a long way. I fill up a 200ml spray bottle with a third glycerine and 2 thirds water and it lasts me over a week.

Hope it works for you!

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Rose » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:47 pm

Hi Morpheus, thank you for your quick reply! Sounds great and i'm glad you found something that works for you, going to run to the shops and buy a bottle now. Can't go wrong for a couple of £! Fingers crossed it helps, will do a test patch as know what i'm like!!
Thanks again!

Re: Eczema in the media

Postby Jackie » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:46 pm

Recently read about rubbing the inside of a banana peel on itchy areas. Stung at first then totally reduced itchiness of eczema. Try it, worked for me.

Also, drink water. Look up Watercure (watercure2.org). I was drinking too much green tea. It's based on water/salt (celtic sea salt, not table salt). You drink water/salt all day - no coffee, tea, pop, alcohol (all diuretics). We do not drink the water our bodies need - the website gives free information, and there are books available. Think about what you drink during the day - kids drink alot of sugary juices, soft drinks etc. They propose that many of us are dehydrated. There's a guy named Bob Butts who will actually talk with you over the phone - no charge. When you think about it, for every coffee we drink you need to drink 12-16 oz. of water. I wonder how many people do). Also, drink kefir - can really help with skin disorders.


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