Post # 1
I have been suffering with really bad eczema on both of my hands on my palms and in between my fingers. I have tried creams from the doc and it goes away while im using it but once I stop it comes back. I dont want to use this cream to much because it says it can thin the skin. Its really hard to treat on my hands because I wash my hands throughout the day so whatever cream I put on just gets washed away. Anyone have any remedies? thanks.
Post # 3
My brother uses cetaphil or spf30 sunblock from Mary Kay (no joke).
Post # 4
Instead of washing your hands with soap and water, try using an alcohol wash (like the sanitisers?). I used to have terrible dermatitis on my hands, and using soap and water really irritated it. Rinse your hands with water, dry thoroughly, then use the alcohol to kill the germs instead of soap. Soap dries your skin out.
THEN use a barrier cream. You can buy a tub of it for about $20 from most chemists. It puts a protective layer on your skin – I use it when I’m cleaning the house, and when I used to work at McDonalds and was touching wet cloths and disinfectant all day. After you’ve washed your hands, rub it on like you would moisturiser. 🙂
Post # 5
What type of shampoo and soap are you using? They can impact eczema too.
Post # 6
@canuckandakiwi: I use garnier shampoo and conditioner, softsoap body soap and the hand soap i have been using the equate generic brand from walmart. I just switched the handsoap to soft soap to see if that helps.
Post # 7
@ashley99: does it have less chemicals than normal soap? when my eczema gets really bad, I actually don’t use soap on that area or just gentle wash and it heals faster but my eczema is on my shoulder. Hands are more tricky i suppose.
Post # 8
@ashley99: I switched to Method Handsoap and Organics shampoo (the coconut one). It made a big difference as I’m really allergic to a lot of chemicals. Do some reading on SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and you’ll see how bad it can be for skin – espcially sensitive skin 🙁
Post # 9
I use unrefined shea butter as a moisturizer on my eczema, which seems to clear it up like no prescription stuff has been able to.
Post # 10
Coconut oil! I’ve suffered from eczema on and off since I was little, as has my mum, and after a bad case of eczema on my face earlier this year that wouldn’t respond to anything, I stopped using any kind of conventional cleansers or moisturisers, and swapped to washing with honey and moisturising with unrefined coconut oil. The eczema cleared up within a week or so! My mum tried the coconut oil after hers hadn’t responded to hydrocortisone for weeks, and hers cleared up too. The eczema didn’t return after I stopped, too. It’s natural and actually good for your skin, unlike those creams from the doctor. Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 12
@ashley99: As a chronic eczema sufferer who had to be swaddled as a baby due to it, I have a few tips.
Use the steroid creams prescribed (the ones that thin your skin) when your skin is infected (raw red) but spread thinly.
Then stop using the steroids but use barrier creams (mine is prescribed called “diprobase” or “double bass”). When your eczema has calmed down but you get less painful but dry breakouts,use shop bought lotions such as “Simple” (we have in UK, not sure about for yourself) or any skin lotion brand that says things like “no parabens, no alcohol, no fragrances, for sensitive skin etc” (e.g. Nivea or Vaseline brand) and smother that on.
Drink plenty of water and avoid salty crisps and snacks (ones whre you cansee the salt coated on it).
When you are feeling stresses, try not to scratch. We get itchy and irritated when we are stressed or angry and that just opens yourself up to soreness and infection again. It’s acycle that needs to be broken.
Take nice warm baths(but not too hot so as not to dry yourself out) toand stay in them a while to treat the skin to fresh water to aid healing. Avoid perfumes if you are prone to allergy as these can aggravate skin.
As a life long sufferrer, the thing I have had to work on (and it is hard) is to try to break the cycle. Try not to scratch (so hard as I scratch in my sleep). The less scracthed up you are, the lesser the itch (though there willalways be an itch here and there huh).
Post # 13
I also use collodial ooatmeal lotion on my hands, called “Aveeno” which seems to have come onto the market. It’s a Godsend.
Post # 14
I have eczema on my face. Finding make-up that won’t irritate it was a challenge. Anyway, just recently I made the purchase for my Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts at our local mall, when the girl figured out what it was for she congratulated me and said she had a gift for me. She threw in this soap- it’s a face and body soap. And while the thought of putting soap on my face ever terrorifies me, I decided to try it. I saw major improvement in just a few days. Face has been clear while I’ve been using it, except for the last month I’ve been going to the tanning bed and whipping off my make-up with a make-up remover towelette. So, be very leery of what soaps and lotions you use.
Anyway, the brand is Seacret if you want to try it out. I use the all natural “Mud Soap”.
http://www.seacretspa.com or 1-866-700-pure
Post # 15
@DarlingClementine: I’m so going to try this, I have coconut oil in my kitchen.
@emmrr3: Aveeno is great.
@ashley99: Oops I meant Organix. Yes to Carrots has been pretty good too. I know it’s weird, since it’s shampoo, not soap but using them everyday can irritate your hands even if it’s only once a day.
And try to avoid heavily fragranced products. It’s so frustrating – like a science experiement. I’m 8 days out from my reception and my eczema is pretty good but I too have a bit on my hands…but if it stayed like this I’d be happy!
Post # 16
@ashley99: I also get it on my hands and I use the medicated cream from my derm. I would think it would be worse to have sore and potentially bleeding hands than “thin skin.” I’ve been using it for years and I honestly wouldn’t worry about it. Go by what your doctor says, not the internet.