top 5 products that have helped our severe eczema
- Natural Shea butter from Vermont Soap Works. This comes in a 64 oz tub for only $35 which is much cheaper than buying 4 oz at a time at your local store for $20. This shea butter is so creamy and there are never any crystallized lumps (like the brands I’ve gotten at the store.) If you’ve never used shea butter, it’s very thick and you just scoop a little bit onto your finger then rub into your hands to melt it and then smooth it on your skin. It soaks into the skin and provides relief to anyone with dry, thirsty skin. This is pure shea butter with only a little rosemary added as a preservative. Also available in a 2 oz tin for $9.99. Those with nut allergies may not be able to use this product.
- Pure soap from Cal Ben Soap Company. I’ve tried several different soaps including castille soap (all without sodium laureth sulfate, etc) and this is the one that seems to work the best–leaves the skin feeling clean and moisturized as opposed to feeling parched and itchy. Cal Ben has several other non-detergent products that we use and love including their five star shampoo.
- Queen Helene 100% Cocoa butter in a stick. This is available in most drug stores for less than $2 a stick. Don’t confuse this product with brands that contain additional ingredients. I’ve never seen another 100% cocoa butter, but please tell me if you know of another one. This is a solid stick that is loose in the tube. To use, just hold it in your hands until it starts to soften, then start rubbing the stick directly into the skin. I can’t tell you how many evenings, my son’s skin has been dry and hurting and as I rub this into his skin, he just relaxes and lets me do it because it really gives him relief.
- Mabel’s Miracle liquid castille soap. I’ve only been using this for 3 weeks but I’ve loved it since day one. I’m using it for laundry soap as well as in the mop water for my wood floors throughout the house. I have the unscented pearl (I chose this one simply because it is buy one, get one free.) Even though it is unscented, it smells heavenly! I am sensitive to many chemical odors (natural scents too,) but its mild scent doesn’t cause us any type of reaction. For laundry, I am using only 1 Tablespoon (much less than the recommendation) per large load plus 2 Tablespoons of a borax/ washing soda mixture that I keep in a jar. (equal parts of each so it would be 1 T of each if done separately.) I started with the recommended 1/4 cup and then just cut back until I reached 1 T and it’s still effective at cleaning clothes.
- This last thing is not a product to use, but rather products to avoid. I first read about detergents causing eczema at solve eczema. We don’t use any lotions, “normal” soaps that contain SLS, or body washes because of the drying, stinging ingredients they contain (even natural, herbal, supposed to be for eczema lotions.) We don’t use any products with detergents in them. More about that in this post.
What products have you found most helpful in treating eczema?