Eczema

A Product Guide to Soothing and Preventing Eczema.

November 2012 after a lot of umming and aahing, I plucked up the courage to write about my struggle with eye eczema. Since I was a child I've suffered from eczema on my legs, wrists, and eyes, and in November it got so bad that nothing was working. Prescribed creams did nothing but thin the skin on my eyes and eventually discolour them, and the eczema on my eyes was so severe I would wake up with them swollen shut. They were so dry that flakes of skin would fall onto my lashes and face (gross, eh), and my self-confidence plummeted.

Then I discovered a few miracle products that have completely changed my life, skincare routine, and makeup routine. These are the products that don't irritate my skin, instead they do their job, with some of them also soothing and repairing my skin. All of them are natural and organic, and almost all of them are readily available and don't break the bank!

I replaced many of my chemical-filled skincare and makeup products with natural alternatives, and although I still use 'normal' makeup every so often, my every day makeup is natural. So, here are my recommendations and favourite products. You can either watch the video below, or just scroll down to read about them.



Dr Organics Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

This is my favourite product ever. You can't cure eczema, so every so often it comes back, and when it does, I put a thick layer of this cream on twice a day (morning and night), let it soak in, and within a few days it's completely cleared up. This cream also soothes the skin and feels lovely and cooling, and it smells lovely too. You can buy it HERE from Holland and Barrett, and it's only £8.69 for a large glass jar that I finds lasts months. If you're in the USA you can get it from Amazon, and if you're in Australia you can get it from Australian Organic Products Online. You can see my full review of it here.



Balm Balm Lip Balm

I know this is a lip balm, but I put this on my eyes. Again it's completely natural with no nasties. Because the Dr Organics cream is in a large glass jar that's quite heavy, it isn't very practical to carry around. I use the Dr Organics as more of a 'keep at home and sleep at night with my eyelids coated in the stuff', and the Balm Balm I carry in my handbag for if my eyes are a bit dry when on the go. It's a really great moisturiser for them and super gentle on the eyelids. You can buy a 7ml pot of Balm Balm from Feel Unique HERE, for just £3.50.



Moogoo MSM Soothing Cream

Moogoo MSM Soothing Cream is the perfect daily moisturiser if you have eczema. Unlike other face moisturisers this one doesn't irritate my skin and flare up my eczema, but instead calms it and soothes while moisturising the rest of my face. It smells lovely and milky and natural, and is again completely natural with no nasties. It's an Australian product however you can buy it online on their UK site HERE, for just £12.00 for the 75ml airless pump. You can see my full review of the Moogoo MSM Cream here.



Couleur Caramel Eye Cleansing Veil

The Couleur Caramel Eye Cleansing Veil is perfect for removing any eye make-up, although I use it on the rest of my face too. Couleur Caramel are a French brand who create natural beauty products, and they've only just recently come to the UK. I love their Eye Cleansing Veil and after months of using it, it hasn't caused me any issues at all. You can buy the Eye Cleansing Veil HERE for just £15 for a 125ml bottle. You can see my full review on the product here.





Caudalie Foaming Cleanser

I'm completely in love with Caudalie, and I swear by this cleanser. It has done wonders for my skin, I suffer from breakouts and this calms any blemishes and makes my skin lovely and soft! I know you don't typically put cleanser on your eyes, but the important thing with eye eczema is that you need to change the products you use all over your face and also your hair because of the proximity to the eyes. It's available HERE for £15 from Feel Unique.



Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner

Like I mentioned above, if you suffer from eye eczema you may need to change your haircare products. Many shampoos and conditioners have a lot of chemicals in them, including petrochemicals and SLS's, which dry out the skin. My favourite natural products I have found, which are also super budget friendly, are the Giovanni eco hair care range, with my favourite being the 'Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture' Shampoo and Conditioner. You can buy the shampoo here, and the conditioner here for just £8 each.



Inika Cosmetics Eyeshadows

When I first posted about my issues with eczema, Inika very kindly sent me some mineral eyeshadows to try out. All Inika products are completely natural, and I fell in love with these shadows! The colours are gorgeous, they're really highly pigmented, very buildable, and you can achieve different looks and colours by using them dry or wet. They're quite pricey at £14.50 each, but I think they're well worth it and I've since bought more colours. You can buy them for just £11.75 online at Feel Unique, or for their full RRP in John Lewis stores. You can see my original review here.


B. Dramatic Bold Liquid Eyeliner

Paraben free, cruelty free, and suitable for vegans, the B. Dramatic Bold Liquid Eyeliner from Superdrug's new natural range has amazing staying power! It's like a felt tip pen, and is only £3.99 from the Superdrug website. You can see my full review here.


Nude Natural Mineral Cover

Another product by Nude by Nature, the Natural Mineral Cover is a really great natural mineral foundation that provides great coverage and feels as if you're wearing nothing on your face. It's very buildable so you can choose whether you want light or medium coverage, and stays on for quite a while if (unlike me) you don't touch your face...I have an awful habit of leaning on my left hand when at my desk at work, causing the makeup on the left side of my face to wear off asap! Anyway, you can again get it from Chemist Direct, but I've heard it's very similar to the Bare Minerals one, so you could also try that one.


Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream

If you suffer from eczema on the hands or wrists but like using a good hand moisturiser, then Neal's Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream is a really great one to soothe them. It's completely natural, so won't irritate and aggravate the eczema like other non-natural hand creams, and it smells of oranges! You can buy it online here for £10, which is quite pricey, but definitely worth it! You can see my full review here.


Figs & Rouge Lip Balm

This is my favourite lip balm to use, it's 100% organic, tastes lush, and leaves the lips feeling deliciously soft and moist. It sorts of feels like putting butter on your lips? The important thing about using a natural lip balm is that many 'normal' lip balms (including vaseline) contain petroleum. Petroleum is a sneaky bugger that makes you think you're moisturising your lips, but pretty soon they'll feel dry again...and long-term it actually dries them out even more and is really bad for people with eczema. Petroleum is also known as paraffin, paraffin oil and mineral oil, and all of these are essentially the same thing...petrol. Do you really want petrol on your skin!? Nope. So make sure you read the packaging as most beauty (and baby!) products contain the nasty stuff! Figs & Rouge is available to buy HERE from Feel Unique, and you can see my full review here.


So that's my list so far, I'll keep updating it as I find more products, and you can follow me on Bloglovin for the latest updates and all of my reviews. If you have any questions and would like to contact me, you can do so on Twitter.

48 comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I have a similar problem to you and have tried so many different things too!! One product that really worked well on me is QV cream - most pharmacies in Australia should have it. I'm also giving Moogoo Scalp Cream a go so fingers crossed! x

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      Ooh be careful with QV cream, I used to use that until I realized it contains Paraffinium Liquidum (petrol) and parabens. I've stopped using it now. Let me know how the MooGoo Scalp Cream is for you, very interested to hear about people's experiences with other MooGoo products! :)

      C x

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  2. Hi

    Thanks for posting about these products, it's always useful to discover new ones. Baby Bottom Butter (from waitrose) is another to add to the list I slather it on at night abd wear a think layer under my make-up during the day.

    The other thing I wanted to alert people to is trying a gluten free diet. I used to suffer terrible eczema, so bad I wouldn't leave the house some days. After trying a gluten free diet for 3 weeks my eczema completely cleared up. It turns out there's a skin condition associated with cealiacs disease (allergy to gluten) which looks almost identical to eczema.

    I've recommended going gluten free to so many of my friends with eczema and it's really helped so many of them. Do give it a try I can't tell you how much it's improved my skin and my confidence!

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    1. Hi ladies!

      I am having the same issues and have swollen eyes right now. I'm thinking my menstrual cycle triggers the flares. Could this be? Also diet seems like it could be as well. How do you control these flares from happening and putting a damper on my vacation. I love the Manuka honey cream but it soothes doesn't heal. Xoox Erica

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  3. Have you tried aveeno cream? I found that really effective on flare ups. Isn't thick enough when skin is very dry though so I'm looking forward to trying the Manuka balm, as I also suffer for eczema on my eyelids :-(
    Thanks for all the tips!

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  4. Hi Catherine, I found you yesterday on tweeter and I'm loving your blog! Specially de eczema articles!

    A product i highly recomend for scalp eczema is the Malin+Goetz neroli shampoo! The product is amazing at soothing the scalp leaving you hair super healthy and shinny! It works so much better than that doctors indication ones...unbelievable!

    Thanks for your tips!!!

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  5. Sadly the Dr Organic Manuka Honey rescue cream did not help my eye eczema at all. I wish it did ='(

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    1. Hi Kimmy,

      Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that, you're the first person it hasn't worked for :(

      Did you use it regularly every day for a week? And cut out any products with harsh chemicals in them?

      C x

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  6. I'm not sure you got my last comment as I can't see it on here. I tried the Manuka Honey cream on my eye eczema after reading your blog in December. I commented after I reacted badly to it and my cheeks were red and burning about 90 mins. I was so sad and disappointed that I had reacted to it and thought that meant I wouldn't be able to use it. However I perservered and no burning/redness has happened since. 5 days after using the cream my eye eczema was gone. That was a month ago. It has been back a little this week but with the cream it will die down again. Thank you. A trillion thank yous x

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    1. Hi Chrissy,

      Oh no! I didn't get it :( I'm so sorry you reacted badly to it at first! Thank goodness it worked eventually. No worries at all, I'm just sorry you reacted to it first :(

      C x

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    2. Hi, I got the same reaction, red burning cheeks! Looked like i was sunburnt! I was sad as thought only alternative was docs which means the dreaded steroid cream but a few more make up free days and using the rescue cream the redness has gone! So pleased I found this blog!! I still wake up with crinkly dry eye lids but no longer sore red and inflamed! Think I'll be using rescue cream for life now!! Thanks so much!! Xx

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    3. Hi there,

      I stumbled on this blog during my most recent eye eczema flair up. I’ve had it on and off for years and my skin is now really damaged by the steroid creams which have seemed to be the only thing which work, even if just for a short time. I tried the Manuka honey cream but it seemed to make the eczema worse so I stopped using it immediately. However, I’ve just seen your post, Chrissy, and am wondering if I stopped the cream prematurely?! Was the burning / redness you experienced on your eyelids? And how long did you continue using the cream before you saw an improvement?

      I’m desperate for this cream to work!

      Abby

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    4. Abby,

      Try going to the doctor and asking for Elidel.

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  7. Thanks for the help and recommendation. My eyes are just like your pictures and very uncomfortable. Will give it a try. Fingers are well and truly crossed as nothing has helped so far!

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  8. I just ordered the manuka honey cream for my eyes, I was debating whether or not I should because sometimes moisturizers burn a bit when I first put it on. Every time I think my eyes are getting better.. boom I get a flare up. I got diagnosed in January so I'm still new to figuring out what works best for me, so I'll take any advice anyone has! Anyway, I have a question about makeup, what eye primer do you recommend using?

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    1. Hi,

      I don't use eye primer, in fact I don't use any type of primer. I find my skin just doesn't like them, they always make me break out in pimples :(

      C x

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  9. Thank you so much for posting this. I've just discovered your blog. I'm going through a flare up right now and it really does just make me so miserable and sad. My eyes a very swollen at the moment and I'm going to give the Manila cream a try. Fingers crossed! Also I was wondering if you had time could you write a post of chemicals or type of chemicals to avoiding you have eczema prone skin when reading labels of products. X

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  10. Any idea in what mascara to use? Thanks

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    1. Hi CJ,

      I use a Lavera one as my 'daily' one, however it isn't very good so when I go out or on weekends I just use my normal Max Factor one.

      C x

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  11. Hey, love your blog. I first stumbled upon it through this post - then became engrossed by your writing! So interesting - especially the recent Cuba blogs. I know this post is from a while back but I just wondered if you had any advice on products to use post shaving? My legs tend to really flair up after I shave and I wondered if you could suggest anything to soothe them? I try to have them waxed generally but during the summer it's not really viable! xx

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    1. Hiya!

      Thanks so much, I'm so glad you love it!

      Yes, I used to get this too when I used moisturisers with chemicals in, turns out the chemicals were irritating the skin that was broken from shaving. I now use any moisturiser that takes my fancy so long as it's natural, but my preferred one is the Dr Organics Coconut lotion! Hope that helps x

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    2. Thanks so much! Really appreciate your help and advice - the Naked shampoo & conditioner, and the Dr Organics honey cream have been amazing! Thanks for sharing your experiences and suggestions : ) xxxx

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  12. Hey c, I have suffered as u have from birth and bothered my family for years with my upsets and pain, after reading all you have written I instantly threw out all my doctor prescription as all had the harsh chemicals you speak off, I currently have it around my eyes so am running out in the morning to try the dr organics range, is there anything I can use on my whole body? Also where and what do u use on ur face for make up I seen your eczema page but do you ever use foundation or concealer maybe even a powder...

    thanks so much

    Elizabeth

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  13. Mary Ellen Cotter14/12/2014, 17:17

    Thank you soooo much for making that post on eye eczema,I have just recently gotten it (never had eczema before in my life so you can imagine the worry on my part!) and I have been looking for a cream to soothe it and I will definitely try this!
    One question: how do you cover it up? I've had to forego eye make-up this week but I don't know how much longer I can do that for! What are your tips for eye make up when you have a flare-up?

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    1. Hi Mary, I have eye ezcema too, the only thing I find covers it well without making it worse is mineral foundation. I use Lily Lolo.

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  14. Thank you so much for this.... So much helpful advice as I too suffer from this painful and embarrassing condition. It's comforting to know I'm not alone! And that Manuka cream, wonderful! B xx

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  15. Hi Catherine,

    Thank you oh so much for posting your blog on ezcema. Brave indeed. Reading from the comments, you have helped so many including myself!

    After a big move from Perth to Melbourne and a recent trip to the UK. My allergy to dust worsened, hence itchy dry eyes which then in turned developed into ezcema. I tried the prescriptive creams (tsk tsk) and even thought it somewhat 'healed' it, my skin suffered and I look older then what I really due to the wrinkles.

    I am now using the Manuka cream - what a god send.

    How long did it take for skin around your eyes to heal and are you still using the manuka cream?

    Sending you massive hugs C x

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  16. Hi, I was wondering if you would recommend irritable skin balm by MooGoo? I have red, sore and puffy dry eyelids because of my eczema, I've had it on and off for about a year. Do you think this skin balm would help heal it? I have tried the manila honey cream, and the balm balm lip balm, but they didn't really help and further irritated my eyelids. Please help. Thank you!

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  17. *manuka honey cream.

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  18. Hi,

    I'm elated that I found your blog!
    I noticed that Balm Balm makes a fragrance free version of the lip balm you're using. Do you recommend it?
    Eczema is totally new to me and your advice is invaluable : )

    Sincerely,
    From Texas

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  19. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! The pictures you posted are EXACTLY what i have experienced once every 3 weeks since March and it's really started to affect my life. Coconut oil has been my ONLY hydration that hasn't made it flare up. I just ordered the moogoo msm soothing cream... I'm soooooo excited. <3

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  20. It's great to see so much positivity and sharing amongst sufferers! I've had eczema although a mild form since I was a kid, and couldn't eat the same food as siblings due to milk allergies, which were a symptom of my ezcema.

    Aloe vera Gel - This is my SAVIOUR as I have discovered recently!

    There is also another little product by the same company called Propolis Cream

    By combining this two, with the latter providing deep penetration to moisturise for lengthy periods of time, I haven't had a flare up for over 9 months and counting (don't quote me on this as severity differs) - You will likely want to check out this YouTube video for more info and the Official store for ingredients information....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4lGZ9t5W0k&t=3m1s


    The Official Forever Living Products store in the UK is here;

    http://store.foreverlivingonline.co.uk


    I really hope to have helped someone with this info!? because it literally feels like a miracle has happened for me to find a product that works and doesn't promise to not deliver.


    All the best,

    Fellow Eczema Sufferer.

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  21. Hi, I have this problem too. I usually take Claritin for hives or any itchiness. If it get's pretty bad I take a cold shower, drink lots of water and finally I got my doctor to prescribe me specific medications. A lot of the flare ups (aside from the weather) seems to link with diet. I probably eat more veggies and salad's now after a recent (horrible) flare ups.

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  22. Hello, I just read this entry and your earlier one about your experience with eye eczema and I am so relieved (and sorry) to hear that someone else is experiencing the same symptoms as me! I already purchased the Manuka Honey Rescue Cream and am so excited to begin using it because I am having a flare up on my eyes right now and have literally tried everything to get it under control, just as you did. My question is, do you have any anti-aging recommendations for people with our skin issues? Having just turned 30 I'm beginning to seriously look into these types of products. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, just on the anti ageing thing, I have tried loads of anti ageing eye creams, and sadly I find them all irritating. Think it's because they tighten the skin, not a great feeling for eczema sufferers. I would go for moisturising rather than anti ageing, but that's just my experience.

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  23. Just found your web site. In my 60's and have recently started suffering from this. I went to the dermatologist and she gave me a steroid ointment and it made my eyes burn and I have blisters under my eyebrows and the itching is almost unbearable. Live in the US and will be heading to Vitamin World tomorrow to try this Honey Rescue Cream. Hope it works. I have never had eczema before so this is all new to me.

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  24. Hi there, I suffer terribly with eyelid eczema, even finding out what triggers it is problematic. My eyes look just like your pics when they flare up too. I've also found it makes me incredibly sad! I think this is the association made in the brain about red, sore, swollen eyes = lots of crying, therefore I must be sad! It's very strange.

    Anyway, I notice no one has mentioned emu oil so I thought I would. I find that it's much more hydrating, being an oil rather than a cream, and is more comfortable because of that, it doesn't dry out, even when the skin is like dry old leaves. Also helps with the flaking. Unfortunately no good for vegetarians, as it's an animal product, but I like it. I don't believe a lot of the more incredulous claims about it, and I don't think it heals, but it's a good emollient.

    Thank you so much for the makeup tips, anything which doesn't dry out and cause irritation is brilliant!

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  25. Hi Chrissy,

    I usually am not much of a contributor online (I don't use twitter, and I forget that I have an instagram account), but after reading your blog. Just purchasing the cream and watching your video I felt compelled to commend you for your contribution. It just two years of being told I have eczema, I have been forced to change my life and it is a suffer in silence type of change. I have had to research every little ingredient, make big strides and burn a whole in my pocket buying every little product that is "organic" only to find out its not so organic. But I will have to say the short end of the stick is when your eyes are so swollen you and your partner have a running joke that you have panda eyes or pikachu or anything else to lighten the mood. I feel incredibly strongly that the products out there are horrible, and I am still not a big fan of the current products I use (some more favoured) and I intend on taking up some of your tips slowly. I've always thought to write a blog to spread some of my wisdom and maybe I will. I think its great that you are taking one for the team. No one should suffer in silence and I greatly feel that when you have eczema, people just think your over careful or paranoid. In fact, having panda eyes is terribly uncomfortable and it reduces your quality of life. I am hopeful that it will go away and I will continue to change my products and hunt for the root of all evil. Until then, keep on posting!

    Best,
    Kim

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  26. Thanks for all your tips. I've only started to get eyelid eczema in the last 3 months and it totally sucks.
    I'm trying the dr organics manuka cream at the mo. It sadly didn't calm a flare up but I'm hoping it's working to keep them moisterised no my flare up has calmed down.

    I was just wondering whether you can recommend a concealer, I use under my eyes often and my eczema has just started to spread there.

    Also do you know of boots have stopped the naked shampoo and conditioner?

    Thanks in advance. You have given me hope that this can be controlled and I may be able to wear make up again.

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  27. Thanks for this. I also suffer from red, puffy, itchy eyelids (eczema) that flares up whenever the weather changes. After trying MANY different creams I found that the Radiance Eye Cream from Burt's Bees ($25) works well. I apply it several times a day when I have a flare up and it usually clears it up within two days. I also use the aqua eye mask from The Body Shop ($10) to help with the swelling. I just refrigerate it for about half hour before use. Hope this helps!

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  28. I have experienced terrible eye eczema and terrible swelling because of it.I use sea buckthorn seed oil also to help with the flakiness caused by eczema. It helps to calm the skin and moisturize. I find it on amazon.

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  30. When I read this story I realized just how similar it was to my eczema.
    I was so desperate that I tried every thick, smelly cream and goopy ointment I could get my hands on. Nothing really worked permanently and the eczema always came back.
    I knew that there had to be another way. I searched long and hard and finally came across some simple natural remedies that finally made my embarrassing eczema disappear for good...to the amazement of my doctor.

    In fact, you might want to check out this article, it really helped me a lot:
    http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/eczemaremedy

    Hope it helps anyone reading this!


    Laura Davis
    lauradavis3@gmx.com
    http://www.journalofnaturalhealth.com/eczemaremedy

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  31. My doctor prescribed me some medicine for my daughter for her eczema but it was burning her so i wanted to try something more natural. Then I used for her Foderma eczema serum. She loves it and it works so great! Every night at bedtime she says lotion please (she's almost two) it makes her legs feel better and gets rid of the patches without the steroid! Happy Foderma!

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  32. Hey, I just wanted to chime in and give a little bit of info on eczema for those of you who didn't know. It's usually caused by gut problems which translates to an inflammatory response in the skin and an omega-6 deficiency. Supplementing the skin topically with omega-6 essential fatty acid (from evening primrose oil) will help to reduce the severity/itchiness of the condition. To effectively cure the condition, inflammation in the gut needs to be healed through nutrition.

    Our product, Miracle Oil, is made with only organic/non-GMO and vegan ingredients, and was created for eczema and acne sufferers. It's high in omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids, and contains 10 herbs with proven hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties.

    loaskin.com

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  33. Michelle Payne28/12/2016, 17:21

    I started noticing differences after a couple of days applying foderma serum in her trouble spots on her skin. This is all I will buy and I have it on subscription to deliver to me every 3-4 months based on how much it's used.

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  34. Hi I've just seen your blog on eczema around the eyes, my 13 year old has recently been having flair ups and as you can imagine is devastated. So I'm off to buy the holland and barrat cream today will let you know how we get on katex

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  35. Do you have any recommendations for under eye concealer that is eczema friendly?

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