I’m not sure if there’s anything more annoying than an itchy sensation that you just cannot seem to get rid of no matter how much itching you do. Well, that’s basically how eczema feels. I’ve itched to the point of bleeding before. Dermatologists tell you not to itch but…HOW?! How can I not itch??? Anyone with eczema can agree with me that the itching is persistent and the sensation gets stronger the more you resist it. Well, luckily I’ve found some moisturizing products that have really helped me with itching so, let’s get right into it!

 

Cerave Healing Ointment: *updated*

– This is probably the brand that has helped me the most with my eczema. I can go hours without itching when I apply the Cerave Healing Ointment.  Trust me, this stuff works wonders! It has almost completely cleared my eczema. I no longer itch nonstop, my skin is no longer alligator-like. I am SO impressed with this. Unlike the Aquaphor Advanced Healing Ointment I had mentioned before, this contains ceramides which are very important in moisture retention. I use it on my face sometimes to seal in all my skin care products. I use it any time my skin comes into contact with water. It is truly a miracle product for people with dry skin and/or eczema. Buy it here.

 

Sweet Almond Oil:

– This oil truly holds a special place in my heart even outside of eczema. I use it all over my body and on my face, too.  For the eczema on my body, I apply sweet almond oil every night on top of the Aquaphor I stated above. This mixture will give you the softest skin ever if you remain consistent with it. It also relieves itching and irritation. So, when you itch to the point of bleeding or near bleeding, apply sweet almond oil for almost instant relief. My favorite sweet almond oil brand is this one and I would highly recommend you all purchase it.

 

Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel:

– I. Love. This. Stuff. I really started believing in it when my sister returned from India this past June after living there for 2 months and suffering eczema flare ups as frequent as a healthy heart beat. Literally. Anyway, she came home and used the last bit left in my bottle all over her body (I was pissed at first cause this stuff is kind of expensive). She used it on a Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon there were no signs of eczema on her arm. AT ALL. I decided to buy two new bottles that Sunday. One for me and one for her (you’re welcome, Moreen) and I also started using it that Sunday night. I didn’t experience results as quickly as she did, it dealt with the itching immediately but took two days to clear my flare up. This is my absolute favorite face and sometimes body moisturizer. Join the Hydro Boost party and buy it here!

 

What’s in it?

This product contains hyaluronic acid which is amazing at retaining moisture. This is probably why it works so quickly because it’s meant to deeply moisturize the skin and actually be absorbed and continue doing its magic within. Our bodies already have hyaluronic acid present in them. It is known to treat burns, sores, wounds and more when used topically. If you plan to use this for your eczema, I am warning you now that the cost does add up considering you’ll be putting it on your body which is significantly larger than just your face. BUT, it is worth every penny. I typically buy a new bottle for my body every two weeks. I wouldn’t recommend starting if you will not be able to maintain frequent purchases. Your skin will let you know that it noticed you stopped using it. Also, it say’s it’s for the face but I guarantee it works just as well if not better on the body. If you do purchase it, make sure to get the one that specifies it’s for extra dry skin. Trust me, you need this stuff. Buy it here.

 

That’s it for today, lovelies! Those are the three main moisturizers I frequently use for my eczema and have experienced results with when consistent. If  you have any questions, feel free to contact me at anytime at lily@caveofbeauty.com!

 

Also, I am looking for guest bloggers for National Eczema Awareness Month who are willing to speak about their overall experience with eczema and give tips/advice. Let’s inform people that eczema is way more than just itchy skin! It affects our entire lives. If you are interested in guest blogging, you can email me at the same email stated above.
As always, spread love and be the most productive you’ve ever been this week, ladies and gents! See you all on Wednesday.

 

Written by Lily Njoroge