I’ve been a sufferer of eczema for as long as I can remember, and I mainly have it on my hands as the worst affected area. I have been to the doctor’s countless numbers of time just about my eczema, and if I think about it, about 70% of the very few prescriptions I have needed in my life have all been just for my eczema.
I have tried several brands of aqueous creams, and I found that the Hydromol Cream I am currently using was actually irritating my eczema even more and my skin was starting to crack more than it did when I didn’t use the cream. I was prescribed this a few months ago by my GP who claimed that this cream would be better than the Dermol Cream I was using, but I haven’t noticed any difference apart from my eczema getting worse. So, then I did some research into why this could be worsening my eczema.
The active ingredient in my Hydromol Cream is sodium pyrrolidone carboxylate, which is meant to penetrate into the stratum corneum, which is the outer layer of skin cells that contains natural water-retaining substances that help to keep water seeping up from the deeper layers of the skin. The water is normally retained by the stratum corneum because of the natural oils that create a surface film and broken-down cells, which help to slow down the evaporation of water from the skin surface. But if your skin dries out due to too much water evaporating because of everyday activities like washing, using hot water and soap, it will remove the layer of natural oil on the skin’s surface. The sodium pyrrolidone carboxylate is meant to increase the skin’s capacity to hold moisture, so therefore the skin should become more rehydrated. However, after reading other chemicals that are in the cream, I may actually be sensitive to the methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) or propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) or even the sodium pyrrolidone carboxylate, which may be the reason my skin became even more sensitive and caused my eczema to become more inflamed.
When using the Dermol Cream it didn’t make my skin any better, but it also didn’t make my eczema any worse, so this is why I came to the conclusion that I may be sensitive to the ingredients in my Hydromol Cream.
Many eczema sufferers would have been prescribed some hydrocortisone cream at some stage, which is meant to reduce inflammation, but I never really found the hydrocortisone useful. I got prescribed the hydrocortisone ointment to see if it would make any difference, but it only worked for a short time before my eczema started to flare up again.
I have come to a conclusion that my eczema is normally due to changes in weather, lack of sleep, using soap too much on a daily basis and the biggest factor is stress. So, I have tried to sleep more regularly, I have tried to reduce using soap unless necessary and to try to be less stressed.
I have actually tried to switch my current shower gels I use in the shower to using less heavily perfumed shower gels, because as much as I love my Lush shower gels, they weren’t doing my skin any favours. I have started using Femfresh products because they have a lower concentration of perfume in them and the brand isn’t just for feminine care, it is designed for those with more sensitive skin as well because they are hypoallergenic.
At work recently, my manager came up to me and asked me if I wanted to try a sample that Aveeno had sent to the pharmacy for the staff to try and she said it was for people suffering from dry skin conditions, so of course, I said yes! I had heard of Aveeno before but I haven’t personally tried it until now…and wasn’t I missing out!
The Aveeno products are some of the best, if not the best, eczema products I have ever tried! It is definitely better than any creams and ointments I have been prescribed before and my eczema has calmed right down since using it for a week, considering my eczema has been really bad for 2 months!
The product is based on oat essences called Avenanthramides, and there are many benefits to using oat-based products, such as:
It restores moisture in dehydrated skin.
The oatmeal provides a soothing effect on the skin.
It creates a protective layer on the surface of the skin.
It helps to return the skin to a normal pH level.
The oats help to cling onto dirt and dead skin cells to help wash them away.
The products are fragrance-free, which my skin appreciates because it is quite sensitive to fragranced products.
I bought the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Hand Lotion because this is handy to carry around in my handbag and for any trips away from home.
This is the product where the love for Aveeno began, this is the sample that was given to me to try and it is the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion, which has worked absolute wonders on my skin.
This is the Aveeno Body Wash that I have replaced all of my current shower gels until my eczema clears up and it lathers up incredibly well!
I hope that this post will help some eczema sufferers like myself or those who suffer from dry skin in general. The Aveeno product is genuinely worth investing in if you’ve tried everything on the market already!
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(DISCLAIMER: This post is not sponsored by Aveeno or Boots and all opinions are my own.)