Post # 1
I typically suffer with bouts of dry skin in the fall/winter. I am currently pregnant, though, and this regular bout has turned into full-blown eczema on my cheeks, chin, and under my eyes. The problem is, I have no idea what to do (since I never really have eczema). I typically just throw in a really heavy moisurizer, but this is not doing the job. I have switched to using Cetaphil face wash, but I don’t feel like it cleans my skin well. I am also trying an oil from Aveda under my moisturizer (Lancome), and eye cream (Burt’s Bees). Nothing is helping at this point and there are red blotchy, rough, and peeling patches all over my fave. It’s also itchy and painful some days.
If you suffer from eczema or really dry skin, what is your face routine? I need help!
Post # 3
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This is going to sound uber weird, but the baby care line from Arbonne is awesome for treating eczema.
Post # 4
My fiance has had really good luck with more natural soaps made with bay oil. He says it dries it out and makes it go away.
Post # 5
Make sure that the moisturizers you’re using don’t have a petroleum base because it’ll block your pores and make the inflamation worse. Mr Rugbee has very bad dermatitis and slathers himself head to toe with Curel anti-itch moisturizer. That’s been the most successful over-the-counter stuff he’s used.
Post # 6
I am prescribed a topical steroid, but unfortunately that won’t help you since you’re pregnant. Can you ask your doctor for remedies that aren’t harmful to your baby?
Post # 7
Thanks for the replies!
@MapleMoose: I asked the midwife today, and she said I can try an OTC cortizone cream. I’ll defintely see how it goes.
@lovekiss: I have actually read some good things about Arbonne products and eczema while trying to figure out what to do. I’ll look into it.
Post # 8
@MapleMoose: if it’s topical wouldn’t she be able to take it?
Get rid of all lotions/bodywashes with dyes or perfume. Start using Free and Clear detergent. Don’t use dryer sheets unless they are the free and clear kind. Don’t use fabric softener! Don’t take hot showers – it dries out your skin more.
The ONLY thing that ever worked for me was a cream called Fluticasone Propionate which is a steroid cream. I suffered from eczema for a while and tried everything and this is literally the only thing that does it. It will clear up that eczema sooo quickly.
Ugh I feel so bad for you, eczema is the worst!
Post # 9
When I had bad eczema, my dermatologist told me to use this lotion. The magic ingredient is urea, which helped do wonders to my skin. I don’t think it’s available in the US, though. Which I’m sad about, because I have a dry, blotchy spot again, too.
I saw an eczema creme from Aveeno that I might try next. Or cortizone cream.
Post # 10
I have super bad eczema! The first time I went to the dermatologist she told me I had the worst case she’d ever seen in her 30 years in practice. Since then its gotten a ton better.
I was at first prescribed a steroid cream. I still keep it on hand but rarely use it. Take cool, not hot, showers. when you dry off don’t “wipe” away water, dab it away. while your skin is still just barely damp, put your lotion/moisturizer on (i do this all year round over my entire body whether its dry or not).Stay away from baths (the hardest part for me!), hot tubs, pools, etc.
I have actually quit using a face wash and use a clean damp washcloth in the shower to wash my face, not for everyone, but works for me (I don’t wear make up or anything on my face on a daily basis).
I have found that the best body wash for me is Neutrogena’s Rainbath. It is really expensive but is wonderful! It comes in a huge bottle for about $25 or $16 at sams club/costco. If I can’t make it to one of those stores I get it at Ulta with a 20% off coupon (i think its 40 ounces so it lasts a while). It also comes in a smaller bottle for about $8 Sometimes CVS, or target will carry it but not all the time.
On a daily basis i just use Bath and Body Works regular lotion (twice a day) i have found that this is the best when you’re getting ready in the morning as it soaks in quick and doesn’t leave a greasy feel. When it gets really bad in the winter months i use there body butter. It has worked almost as good as my steroid. If I put it on once a day (usually at night) for a couple days I’m almost as good as new.
Good luck, I would also check with your dermatologist to see if they have any suggestions since you’re pregnant!
Post # 11
eczema is related to allergies and asthma, so can you explore that with your doctor? the allergy does not necessarily have to be topical either– it could be food allergies, or something you are breathing in, etc.
how long have you had it? I think age might help. I used to have it really bad on my hands and feet between the ages of 21-25. after that it got better. after the age of 26, I only have small, minor patches on my hands and literally none on my feet. my cousin, aunt, and grandmother had the same thing happened to them- it only lasted a few years.
so anyway, good luck finding a temporary relief but take heart: maybe it will get better for you one day!
Post # 12
@janie-janie: same for me, it only lasted about 2 years total (on and off) and now I don’t have it anymore. Occasionally I’ll get a little patch somewhere but it will clear up on its own if I just try really hard not to scratch!
OP – also it can be brought on by stress. One of the things that brought on my eczema was a nickel allergy that I never knew I had before! I would also get a little patch on my stomach right where the metal button from my jeans hit my skin. Definitely go to the dermatologist as well, because what has worked for some of us may not work for you!
Post # 13
@pinky44: I heard it’s bad to use cortisone on your face. it can thin and damage your skin. For your face I’d find something else.
Check with a doctor or your local pharmacists to find out and maybe they can recommend something else.
Post # 14
@middy00: Regardless: cortisone can affect fetal development! Avoid!!!
Post # 15
I really like rocky mountain soaps company soaps. They have a pumpkin patch soap that they say is good for eczema, and it was ok, but I actually prefer their honey & oatmeal one. I had trouble using most soaps, they all tended to burn (including cetaphil) but haven’t had problems with these ones. Virgin coconut oil is also very soothing, you can keep it in the fridge and let it melt into your skin. Normally I don’t use it on my face (I do get breakouts) but if my face is really burning I will.
Post # 16
I was using Retinol cream and it cleared up 2 days. I would double check that its okay to use while pregnant though, and it requires a prescription.