I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for AVEENO® Eczema Therapy. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve suffered with eczema. Of course, when I was a kid, I did’t know that it was eczema…I just thought itchy, dry skin was a normal thing.
I tried many different kinds of creams over the years, but nothing worked to truly prevent the uncontrollable itching. Whenever I had a flare-up, I would slather on some cortizone cream and try not to scratch.
When my first baby was born, she developed these dry red patches all around her body. I had no idea what they were…we had not changed her food or the type of laundry soap I used to wash her clothes, so it could’t be an allergy. At the doctor’s office, however, we learned that she too had eczema, and that now she was in for a dry and itchy life. The pediatrician recommended and over-the-counter cortizone cream and lotion to treat her skin.
While the cortizone helped the eczema fade more quickly, I was always nervous about using it on my kids (turns out that my son also inherited his mom’s eczema too), ever since the doctor warned me not to use too much, so that it didn’t absorb into their bloodstream. I hoped that one day they might grow out of the eczema and stop being so sensitive to soaps and scented products.
After several years of a cortizone/moisturizer routine after their baths, the kids’ eczema started to fade a bit. We stopped the nightly routine, happy to only have to apply the costly creams every few nights. Unfortunately, their eczema never totally went away, but it kind of came and went in spurts. For example, if we went several nights without a moisturizer, their eczema would flare up and we’d have to treat them again with a steroid cream.
It turns out that the three of us aren’t alone in our struggle with eczema…over 30 million people in the U.S. live with the itchy, dry skin associated with the condition. In fact, October was National Eczema Awareness Month in order to bring attention to this troublesome ailment.
While there is no cure for eczema, most of the time the symptoms can be managed well. Over time, I came to understand, though much trial and error, as well as direction from our pediatrician and research done on my own, how to best treat dry skin and eczema. While I am not a doctor or health professional, I have found that, in regard to my own skin and in my kids, these three things have helped keep eczema at bay:
1. Use mild soap without colors or perfumes. Some soaps can be harsh, stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Others irritate sensitive skin with chemical scents and colors. It’s best to avoid these types of soap when you have eczema. My kids have had great success with the AVEENO Eczema Therapy oatmeal bath treatment, which left their skin super-soft after bathing.
2. Make sure to moisturize right after a bath or shower with a cream that is made for eczema-prone skin, like AVEENO Eczema Therapy and AVEENO Baby Eczema Therapy products. These products are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and contain colloidal oatmeal, a natural remedy that has been used to help soothe irritated skin for many years. They’ve also been awarded the National Eczema Association’s Seal of Acceptance, which gives me peace of mind that they are good for treating eczema.
3. Keep on top of the eczema. As we noticed with our kids, when we skipped a few days of moisturizing, their eczema would flare up again. I also notice that when I have to wash my hands a lot, my hands get too dry and I will see some eczema start to appear on them. I notice this especially when I’m out and about, since a lot of the soaps in public restrooms are very harsh and drying. For that reason, I like to keep a travel sized bottle of AVEENO Eczema Therapy Hand Cream in my bag, so I can moisturize right there on the spot.
Eczema is no fun, but, thankfully, it can be managed well with the right products and some persistence in using them. As the dry and cold winter season approaches, hopefully you can use these tips to help keep your kids’ eczema away.
Do your kids suffer with eczema? How have you helped them deal with their dry, itchy skin?