Although we’ve been lucky enough to have such beautiful summer days, Autumn is round the corner, and my skin can feel it. The last couple of weeks, my skin has begun to feel a bit dry, irritable and crack again. Before I continue to write this blog about my skin care products and eczema, at first I need to explain everything that has gone along with it that has caused such problems for my skin.
I am a generally happy person who tries to have a positive outlook on life. Since I was a child I’d suffered from depressing (I may open up and write about this at some point) The past 4 years I’ve come leaps and bounds and have finally been able to take control. I was very anxious, I was sad, negative, very cautious, upset and it could cause eczema to flair up occasionally. I would struggle to sleep and would stir in my sleep would wake up to find that I’d been scratching and hacking at my arms and legs without realizing it.
Since being able to handle my depression, my skin has become so much better. Unfortunately, when I do feel overwhelmed, I get a wave of old thoughts and old habits trickle into my mind of memories and feelings which causes my ezcema to flair up again and terrible rashes, which then causes a vicious circle.
Last year I had a particularly hard time where for over 6 months my body was in agony from my skin. Even if it was blazing hot outside I’d have my hands, arms and legs covered as I was mortified with anyone seeing the condition of my skin.
Ive heard dozens of wonderful reviews about E45 and Lush’s Dream Cream. Everyone has different skin types, and it isn’t always wise to go with the flow and use what others are. neither of these products worked for me.
The E45 was bareable for a while but still caused irritation and the Dream Cream caused me to almost burst into tears as soon as it was rubbed into my skin as it felt like it was burning.
A picture of my skin today.
Below are the products I used which helped dramatically with healing my skin.
Sudacrem (£3, 125ml tub)
This is a classic, and a must have in every home. This product reminds me of my childhood, sudacrem was the answer to everything. I would use this a few times daily. It would dry out my skin is ways, but whilst it was cracked and broken, that’s exactly what I needed.
I’d go to bed with thick white sudacrem over my hands, arm, and thighs, with a few patches over my lower legs. This won’t stain your sheet, but it will leave a hell of a mess on your bedding.
I bought a small tub for my handbag, so that I could apply this when I was out and about.
Simple Body Wash (£1-£2 for a 250ml bottle)
I wish I had found this product sooner, it’s a good send’ It is affordable and perfect for a calming, soothing soak in the shower as it is creamy with a slight scent. I would use this, and only this product everytime I showered as it would clean and calm my skin.
Aveeno Daily Moisturising lotion (£7, 12 ounce bottle)
A few months down the line, once my skin had begun to heal, and I was left with mostly red patches and dry skin, I decided to replace my daily routine of Sudacrem with the Aveeno lotion.
The lotion was a little bit more expensive than other products, but with such a thick, creamy and cooling consistensy, it was worth every penny.
I only use about half a pump of the product on my whole arm as a little product goes a long way.
I still used Sudacrem at night before bed but no where near as much as before.
Vaseline advanced repair and
Vaseline cocoa radiant with real cocoa butter (both £3 each for 400ml bottle)
My skin was finally able to manage slightly more scented and thinner lotions. These lotions smelt great, are easy to apply without leaving white marks on clothing or bedding, and had a light consistency that hydrated my skin.
I use two varieties, and swap between the two depending on which I fancy.
Over the course of Winter and Spring last year, my skin was terrible. But early April this year it started to finally heal. I have a few patches of dry skin on my hand (the picture inserted earlier), but hopefully it won’t get much worse than this. I plan to be stricter with myself and my routine this year, and continue to have happy and healthy skin.
These are my own opinions and reviews on products that have worked for me. If you have similar issues then you may be advised to speak to your doctor who could help to perscribe a treatment.
Please comment if you have any similar skin problems and have found any products that have helped.