Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dr Organics Manuka Honey Cream & Aloe Vera.


After my post on my Struggle With Eye Eczema, the lovely people at Dr Organic (you can find them in Holland and Barrett) sent me some of their natural products for dry and irritated skin. They sent the Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream (available here in the USA), the Organic Aloe Vera Eye Gel, and the Organic Aloe Vera Gel.

I absolutely love Aloe Vera, so was very excited to see those two products, and I was intrigued by the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream after seeing a review of it on Liberty London Girl, who hailed it a 'Hero Beauty Product'. Over a year ago I wrote a post about the Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera gel, but sadly I've only been able to find it in Australia, and as I use it so often and don't go back to Perth as much as I used to, I love that I've now found a similar product in the UK!

Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

Now this I was a bit nervous about, despite LLG's great review, mainly because of the scent. I'm not a huge honey fan, so was worried it would be a really sweet sickly smell, but actually it's a lovely fresh smell and in fact very subtle. I love how this product comes in a glass pot, it makes it feel so much more luxurious! The cream itself has no nasty chemicals and is completely natural, and is safe to use on broken, sensitive and irritated skin, and I can even use it on my eyes - perfect! 

The cream is really thick, but makes the skin really soft, and it cleared the eczema up within a couple of days and moisturised them completely! Success! This is literally my go-to eczema cream now, whenever I have a flare up or my skin gets a little dry, I put this on regularly and within days the eczema is completely gone and my skin is baby soft again. Amazing! I'm so happy to finally have something that works and doesn't have nasty chemicals in it. It's literally a miracle cream.

If you're in the UK this cream is £8.69 from Holland and Barrett for a 50ml jar, which if you ask me is a complete bargain for such a miracle product, and I highly recommend it for everyone! If you're in the USA, you can get it from Vitamin World for just $11.99 or Amazon when it's out of stock at Vitamin World, and if you're in Australia you can get it from Australian Organic Products Online for $19.51.

Edit: I've been using this cream every day as a day&night moisturiser as well as for my eczema, and my skin has never been better! It's incredible, my skin has almost completely cleared up and I'm getting far less breakouts. It's also saving my skin from dryness during all this cold weather. So happy with it! I've also had countless people coming to me thanking me for the recommendation as it's worked wonders for them too and cleared up their eczema!


Aloe Vera Eye Gel

Hmm. It didn't really do anything for me, I tried this before the Manuka Honey cream, and although it definitely soothed my irritated eyes, it didn't 'retain moisture' or help the dry-ness/eczema as far as I could see or feel. I think this would be perfect for someone without dry skin on their eyes, and I will continue to use it as it's very soothing. I just don't think it's strong enough to hydrate and retain moisture in such dry skin.

This product is £5.39 for a 15ml tube from Holland and Barrett.



Aloe Vera Gel

Excited to try this, it didn't disappoint and definitely hydrated my 'normal' (ie; not eczema covered) skin on my body (haven't used it on my face). I'll be slathering this on over the summer and when I'm on holiday having been out in the sun! Although it does the same as the Thursday Plantation Aloe Vera gel, it doesn't smell as nice. It smells quite clinical and chemically, even though it doesn't have any chemicals, whereas the Thursday Plantation one has a much nicer smell. This gel is a bargain £6.19 for a huge 200ml tube, again, from Holland and Barrett.


Overall I absolutely love the Manuka Honey cream, and will definitely be using it more regularly! The Aloe Vera Eye Gel I'll just use to soothe my eyes when they're itchy and sore, but it definitely isn't strong enough to hydrate them, and the Aloe Vera Gel I'll be using constantly in the Summer as an after-sun gel! 

I really do love that these products are completely natural, and I'm so impressed I think I'm going to go and buy some more of their products to test out. After reading some more articles on eczema and natural products, I think I'm going to try and change my hair products and all skincare to organic and natural brands, so I'll have a look at Dr Organics products for that.I just hate knowing that SLS's and parabens are going into my skin.


Have you tried Dr Organics before? What products can you recommend? I tell you all about some of my other favourite products in the video below!








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  1. Fantastic that you have had a bit of success. I adore Dr Organic products, I probably told you that already, I bore people with that information daily. I'm not surprised you like Manuka it's an amazing healing ingredient. I use the Face Scrub and Face Mask. I'm using the Pomegranate cream but plan on trying the Maunka version at some point :)

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    1. I am literally completely in love with these products! I went and bought a body wash and moisturiser as well so will review those soon.

      The Manuka Honey rescue cream is literally a lifesaver! My eczema returned Christmas eve and after a couple of layers of cream on it it completely disappeared right in time for Christmas day :)

      C x

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    2. Does it really clear up the eczema i meanget rid of it 100% gone

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  2. Hello dear, nice to meet you! I've just found your blog and it's really nice....visit mine and let me know your opinion about my posts, maybe we could follow each other!
    XOXO
    Ylenia

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  3. Hi
    A great review been wanting to try this range out heard great things about the face mask
    Do you have frequent breakouts?
    What is your skintype?
    I have combination skin normal some areas, dry oily just wondered if this would suit me or be too rich

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  4. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago after trying to find reasons for why my eyes were so sore and red all the time. I had tried E45, etc.. but went straight out and bought this Manuka honey cream and it cleared it up within 2 days! So pleased! Thank you for posting about this! :)

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  5. Hi have bad eczma under the eyes which causes me to have downward wrinkle line in the corner of my eye which makes me very self conscious. Does the dr organic cream help with this at all. Thanks for any help as it reallt gets me down.

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    1. Hi Elysia,

      Yes, I've found it has helped hugely with this! The cream moisturizes the skin and makes it nice and supple again rather than dry and crinkly when the eczema is there :)

      Hope it helps! Let me know how you get on

      C x

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  6. Just came here after reading about your eye eczema. Going to go to Holland and Barret and see if they have the Manuka Honey cream. I think I have some sort of randomly sporadically seasonal eye eczema and have a pretty big flare up at the moment. I've never managed to find a moituriser that works for my eczema and my dry/normal skin either. Thanks for this, hopefully it'll help me too!

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  7. Thank you! Thank You! I've looked exactly like your pictures for the past 10 years. It used to be a flare here and there then became cyclical with my period and is now pretty constant as my hormones are changing (I'm 50 now). I hope I can find these products on the internet. Something for you to keep in mind. Track your flares and determine if they match your period. Flaring 7-10 days before your period begins. If so, look into Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis, APD for short. There is such a thing. I finally found a female derm doctor that tested me for it and I had a positive reaction. It is a very simple skin test involving the injection of a small amount of progesterone under your skin. I mainly flare on my eyelids but have also had cyclical rashes in different areas of my body. Groin, under breasts, front or back of neck, inside forearms. Thank you again for the information. I hope my information helps someone as well.

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    1. Hi Maria, I find this SO interesting!! I have been getting these horrible flare ups on my eyelids also and I have been convinced its hormonal but no doctor believes me. I'm definitely going to look into APD. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Hi! I too have been plagued by this eyelid eczema for way too long! I'm td it's a contact allergy but eliminate EVERYTHING without relief. I'm desperate to try anything..it gives me a little hope reading that something has worked for you! Do you know if they ship to the US or where I could find it in the US? Desperate!

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    1. Hi Jess,

      Dr Organics Manuka Honey Rescue Cream will be available in the USA at the end of August in Vitamin World stores throughout the country :)

      Everyone I know and have recommended this cream too has said it has worked for them, so I really hope it works for you too - let me know how it goes!

      C x

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  9. Thank you SO much! Do you use it daily and has it maintained normal eyelid skin?? PS- My eyes look EXACTLY like yours did! Starts swollen, rashy/rough then into the red/flaky! Any recommendations for the time being? Thanks again!!

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    1. No worries! Yes, use it as much as you need to, it's a natural product so won't do you any harm. I put a thin layer on as soon as I feel my eyes getting dry again, but I'd say use it at least twice a day, and then at night really heap it on and let it soak in while you sleep.

      In the time being, hmm, do you get Moogoo or BalmBalm in the US?

      Email me if it's easier; catherine.lux@hotmail.co.uk

      C x

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    2. Just did- thanks! :)

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  10. I too have been battling eczema since I was an infant - soon to turn 60....I am so in hopes of finding this product on line or a health food store might carry these wonderful products. Eczema around my eyes has been terrible the past two months....desperate for relief. Comforting to know there are others who struggle with the same problem. Thanks for sharing your information.

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  11. The pictures of your eyes look exactly like my poor ravaged eyes at the moment :(

    I've been suffering with this for the last 6-7 months now with no diagnosis or relief and it's just gradually got worse. The last visit I had to the doctor brought about her suggestion that I apply sudocrem twice a day and take antihistimines. She didn't say it was eczema though - was thinking it was an allergic reaction. So I've been to see a nutritionalist and been allergy tested for foods and ended up eliminated loads of things like eggs, dairy, yeast, citrus fruits but they're still no better.
    It's only while looking around on the internet I got to wondering if it was eczema, and now I've looked at the photos here of your eyes, they look exactly like mine.

    They're so very red and hideously swollen on waking this morning - looked like I'd been crying for about 4 days! Put on some e45 cream but that stung like hell and seemed to make them redder, so I followed it up with some sudocrem which seemed to soothe them a bit. It's so thick and white though, I can't sit here in a busy office looking like such a state.

    Really been getting me down (and I definitely think stress makes it worse) but feel a bit better to at least have a name for what's wrong with me.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences - it gives me hope!

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  12. Hey there - I'm wondering if I can purchase these products in the U.S.? I moved to the midwest few years ago and have been dealing with eczema on a daily basis. It doesn't help that I live with a cat.

    My eczema is the worst around my eyes and I just keep rubbing them. Doesn't help that I'm a contacts lens wearer.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  13. I have severe eczema around the eyes just like you posted in your blog. My eyes have swelled up to twice their size and I look like I've been in a boxing match.

    Is the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream ok to put on the eyes? I'm sick of putting creams on that are dangerous to my eyes but I'm so desperate. Likd you said it's like sand paper.

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    1. Hi, yes it is safe to put on the eyelids and around the eyes. I've been using it regularly for nearly a year and haven't had any problems - it's just soothed and fixed my eczema. It's a natural product so doesn't have any harmful chemicals in it that could potentially damage the eye or skin.

      C x

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  14. It worked for me..my skin is now so soft..issue is my eyes are now swollen. Fed up!

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    1. Oh no! If it's swollen it may be an allergy? Have you had allergy tests done? I had them done and it turns out I'm allergic to mold, so my eyes get swollen during Autumn when the mold spores are all in the air. I have to take cetirizine allergy tablets every day to keep the swelling down.

      Go to your doctor and ask them about allergies xx

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  15. Hi, I been on google for the past hour trying to find a remedy to my horrible dry patch in the inner corner of my eye, and I happen so stumbled on to your post on your 'struggle on eczema on your eyes '. My dry patch looks just the same but in the inner corner (i'm not sure if you would consider it as eczema though), plus its on one eye as well. I've tried so many eye creams even vaseline at night...after seeing this blog post you've given me hope that there is something I could try. One question though because I would be applying the cream quite close to the inner corner in my eye wouldn't my eye get irritated from the cream if it happen so went in my eye.

    Really happy i've found someone I can relate to with this struggle.

    xxx

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  16. Hi Catherine, thank you for your very honest blogs, I can really sympathise with you.

    I've very recently had a big eczema flare up, last Friday as it happens. It has gone from being all over my neck to over my face and eyes, it is so bad my eyes and cheeks have swollen, I really do look like I've done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson but without the bruising! (Glad to say he came off worse!)

    I found your blog strangely reassuring, just to know that somebody else and from the comments a lot of other people suffer with this. I do believe stress is my main cause but this has hit me like a ton of bricks as I feel perfectly fine but was stressed a few weeks back and looking at my face, I must have been really stressed!!

    Trouble is it a catch 22 situation isn't it. You feel stressed, you calm down - then the stress decides to rear its ugly head again and you end up looking like something out of a Halloween film which then makes you even more stressed and so it goes on!

    I'm really intrigued by the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream. I have such sensitive skin also, I can't use anything which foams and I too have to try out product after product just to see if it is going to cause any irritation. The other issue I have is my nut allergy, finding natural / organic products without almond oil and/or a coconut base is like finding a needle in a haystack!

    What are the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream ingredients? I'm very tempted to try the product but will be unable to if it has any nut derivatives so I'd prefer to be disappointed now rather than standing in the shop holding it in my hands!

    I'm thinking I'll introduce this cream into my night regime as I do find Vitamin C serums (Obagi) to be very good and my skin seems to quite like the eye serum but I sometimes feel I want a thicker cream on my eyes, especially at night. I'm starting to think it is a good idea to mix up the creams that I use, I don't know about your skin but mine seems to become tolerant to certain creams and they then don't do anything when I have a big flare up, which is what I'm experiencing at the moment which leads me to having to find another one that will work and so it goes on!

    Aveno has been my saviour, I know it isn't natural but it was either this or a prescribed steroid cream...funnily enough the Aveno worked better than any steroid cream I've ever been prescribed not that they can prescribe them to me any more as I simply want to rip my face off once I've used them.

    Apologies for going on and on but I felt inspired to write to you as your blog post was an article I could really, really relate to and I've not found any other eczema posts as inspiring, once again thank you for sharing your story so honestly.

    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I too can invest in your saviour cream.

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  17. Hey my 3yr old has eczema on lids and area below.can she use this!request u to reply!

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    1. Hi Rachna,

      Yes, she should be able to use it.

      C x

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing info re eczema--I have same problem around my eyes and have tried everything under the sun which, as you know, is very costly. I'm adding this product to my shopping list and keeping fingers crossed that it's as good for me as it has been for you. Question-- what hair products have you found helpful for you

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    1. Hi Kelli,

      Thanks for stopping by! If you go to the Eczema tab at the top of this page, that's full of all the products I use, including the hair products I use that help!

      C x

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  19. Hey Catherine,

    I'm glad I found this post and I'm both excited and hopeful that this product will work for me too. I'm a 27 year old guy and I've had eczema and asthma my whole life, but I struggle most with terrible eczema around my eyes. I also see people looking at it when I'm walking down the street and I always assume they must think I'm some kind of drug addict.

    Eye doctors told me to go to dermatologists, dermatologists told me to go to allergists, allergists told me to go back to dermatologists, etc. One dermatologist prescribed prescription Lotemax but told me I could only use it once in a while--it's a steroid and can cause thinning of the eyelid and damage to the eye. Hopefully this rescue cream will work for me so I don't need that anymore.

    I'm curious to know if, just over a year after you wrote this post, it still works just as well for you.

    Grateful for your post.

    Best,
    Jonathan

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    1. Hi Jonathan,

      Yes, over a year later and it still works for me! I actually had to use it this week, and within a couple of days my eczema on my eyelids has disappeared.

      Please do let me know if it works for you too!

      C x

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  20. Hi, I suffer with the same thing and have ordered the cream and can't wait to use it! Has your eyes gone back to normal and there is no redness, dryness and crinkle/wrinkles ?

    Kim x

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    1. Hi Kim,

      Fab, please do let me know if it works for you!

      I still get the eye eczema every now and then, but it isn't as bad as it used to be as I've changed all the products I use to natural ones so I get less flare ups. However eczema isn't curable, so you'll probably get flare ups every now and then throughout your life. When I use the cream and the eczema settles down, then yes my eyes go back to normal (no redness, dryness or wrinkles). Hope this helps!

      C x

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  21. I am so glad I came across your blog when searching for remedies for facial eczema. I have ordered the cream and can't wait to try it! I have splotchy large dry spots on my skin now that I absolute hate. Thanks for the suggestion. Have you used any of the Dr. Organics products since this?

    Hillary

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  22. Hi there!
    I read your blog because I have the similar issue with eczema myself. I am desperate for any remedy because I've been trying like almost everything and nothing works!
    Thus I decided to try this one out.
    However a slight problem occurred. I have ordered it through Australian Organic Products website as you recommended above. However I did not receive any tracking order for the good once they took the payment through PayPal. 2 days later I went to the website and ask a question under its "Contact Us" section about the estimated delivery time. I did not receive any reply yet. And today when I checked the website, it's gone. It said "Bad Hosting Name" and website could not be found :(
    Have you ordered the cream from them? Anyone else have the same experience with Australian Organic Products? It's not the money I'm concerned about.. it's the medication that I've been dying to get for my eczema :(
    I hope no one ever had similar experience again. Been 2 weeks and it's still itching like crazy.

    Lin

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    1. Hi Lin,

      I'm so so sorry to hear of your experience! I got the website from Dr Organics themselves, I'll contact them and try and find out. In the meantime I'll remove the link to the site.

      Please do keep me updated, and again I'm so sorry!

      C x

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  23. Hi Catherine,

    As others have said; thanks so much for sharing your experiences. After 4 months of really struggling, trying oral steroids, steroid creams, various different emollients and ointments with noting keeping the redness, and itchiness at bay I've been getting pretty desperate to find something that works!

    I've decided to definitely switch to all natural products - it just seems to make so much sense. I bought the Manuka Honey Cream that you've suggested and it has definitely helped to soften the cracking/dry skin. I do have a question though; it makes my skin feel quite tight, taught and stings a little. Did you experience this too? My skin just seems to eat it up!

    Also, what natural mascara have you found that works well?

    Thanks!

    Bx

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    1. Hello!

      Yes, at first because my skin as so cracked it stung a little, but that soon went and within a few days it had cleared up. I now apply the cream as soon as my skin feels dry, so I never get that stinging/tight feeling.

      Lavera do natural mascaras, however I do use my normal Max Factor one on weekends or when I go out and it seems fine in short bursts :)

      C x

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  24. This is such a life saver!! I never used to have this problem, but over the past year I developed this eyelid eczema. I turns out that I developed an allergy to MAC eye makeup {(which I've been using for 15 years). But once the eczema started, I couldn't seem to get rid of it (even when I stopped using makeup for a few weeks). It would flare back up and the steroid cream would only work while I used it, and was only allowed to use it for a week at a time.

    Anyhow, I use the Manuka honey cream on my eyelids every night, and I've switched to Dr Hauschka's eye makeup -- and the ezcema has completely disappeared! I thought I was going to have to completely stop wearing makeup. But this honey cream is amazing.

    Thank you!!

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  25. I'm a male and i have eczema underneath my eyes what wi got it would make it go completely away i.got it from opening.boxes in.back room of grocery stores can someone help me with this?

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  26. I read your post in the morning and got the product immediately after i found out that it's available in Singapore, and near my school! So happy and such a rare ocassion. Hope it works as I have 2 birthday parties to attend to this weekend. T.T I'm practically looking like a panda with red patches instead of black. :(

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  27. HALLELUJAH!

    I had never had issues with my skin other than normal harmonal breakouts and a little too much oil-(I am 24). Then one day the neutrogena face bar for acne prone skin that I had been using for at least 6 months, gave me a terrible* allergic reaction.
    So after the reaction calmed, I was left with imbalanced, troubled skin that reacted off of everything. I bought so many foundations, ranging from 10-45$, same with face washes, lotions etc.
    my eyes were flaky and raw and red and swollen and I could no longer wear makeup because I wanted to scratch my eyes out. I'm a huge believer in organic products and tried everything under the sun, and they still didn't hydrate my eyelids and it was starting to spread to my cheeks. I saw that infamous blog and took another chance since it's only 12$ and it was the best choice I've ever made.

    I love the smell, it's very light, as is the cream itself. I put it on my cheeks and never break out. I wouldn't necessarily call it soothing, but after one day, my flakes were gone. It's been about two weeks and my eyes are pretty much healed. I only apply it once in the morning and when I go to bed. I will continue to buy this and use it daily even though my eyes are healed- because it's good to keep your eyelids hydrated anyway. 😊

    Don't be afraid to buy, as it's well worth every penny.

    Thanks for reading.

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  28. Hi! I came across your blog whilst searching for eczema remedies because recently I have had a problem with eczema under my eyes and on my eye lids. I have tried almost everything and nothing seemed to work but I will definitely be purchasing this! Fingers crossed it works for me.

    Thank you for the advice you have given.

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  29. I stumbled across this blog, desperate to find a remedy for my red, dry, itchy, flaky eyelids. I can not tell you how excited I am to try something.that might heal my skin! So a big THANK YOU! From California, USA :-)

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  30. My friend suffers from under eye eczema and nothing has worked. I'm going to recommend this to her. Thanks for the thorough review.

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  31. Went out and bought this today! Feel amazing so far! My eyes look exactly like yours and for so long I thought it was just me who suffered! Hopefully gone are the days of sitting through my uni lectures not being able to concentrate because my eyes are so sore!

    I just wanted to mention, I also suffer from eczema on my hands which comes up as little blisters that become very sore! The manuka honey hand cream is the thing I go to for this that totally clears it up. I'm so glad you posted this as I had no idea they did this cream too!!

    Thankyou!

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  32. Hi 2 days after starting with the cream and I look nearly normal!!! So glad I read the blog. Love dr. Organics. Going to switch to whole range. Using the manuka soap too. So soothing!!

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  33. hey try organic aloe vera....my super market actually sells the aloe leaf and I cut it open and place right on my eczema....if you cant get the whole aloe leaf, try the Made from Earth Pure Aloe Vera...its the closest thing to real aloe vera you can buy, and I ordered mine online.

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  34. Hi, i read your blog this morning and my eyes look exactly like yours did, this has been a new thing for me, it started about 5 weeks ago around my lips, eyes and cheeks, horrible! I've just bought and applied the Dr.Organics cream and it seems to have made the redness come back and stings, is this temporary?

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