Eczema has always played a big role in my life. Dealing with an incurable skin condition left me with more challenges than victories. I was in constant discomfort. A flare-up would resort to open wounds, scars, and swollen scaly rashes. I became ashamed of my own skin. When I was younger, I saw a variety of doctors and dermatologists that prescribed the same steroid medicine and said, "you will grow out of it."
As a 22-year-old facing one of the most significant flare-ups in my life, I quickly learned that this is not just something I will grow out of. According to the National Eczema Association, 16 million adults in the United States have confirmed Atopic Dermatitis cases, the most common form of Eczema. Dr. Andrew Alexis, M.D., M.P.H., Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt stated, "Prevalence of childhood atopic dermatitis in white children is about 11%, whereas for non-Hispanic black children it's 17%."
Minesh Patel, a co-founder of Eczema Honey, understands the struggle of Eczema. Having children of Indian and South African descent, he noticed how difficult it was to treat Eczema for melanated skin. His daughter, Myra, suffered from Eczema badly until Patel developed Eczema Honey Soothing Cream; this formula treated her Eczema better than the major name brand products. "The cream that we created, to be honest with you, is nothing more than like a D.I.Y. formula that we essentially perfected", said Patel. Many people who suffer from Eczema are searching for products to soothe their symptoms and revive their skin; and are too frightened that the ingredients might spark a flare-up. Eczema Honey uses natural ingredients that are known to soothe flare-ups, like honey and oatmeal. Eczema Honey was designed to treat people, not the disease. I had the opportunity to try Eczema Honey’s full product line and these are the Top 5 Products that you can add to your skin routine to help treat your Eczema and calm your symptoms.
Oatmeal Facial Cleanser
I have come across many facial cleansers that have irritated my skin. Most cleaners would leave a burning sensation due to the harsh ingredients and fragrances in the product. Eczema Honey launched their first Facial Care Line, using natural ingredients that fight acne and moisturizes your skin. The line includes Oatmeal Facial Cleanser and Oatmeal Face Cream. The facial cleanser leaves your face feeling refreshed and moisturized, not tight and dry. With a nice creamy lather, the cleaner lifts dirt, prevents breakouts and provides endless comfort. The three main ingredients being Aloe Vera Juice, Colloidal Oatmeal, and Oat Extract act as a gentle everyday cleanser that calms, conditions, and moisturizes the skin for all-day comfort.
Soothing Facial Cream
Vitamin E oil is one of my all-time favorite products to use on my face. Having it included in my facial cream is a definite WIN! Vitamin E not only restores and rejuvenates dry skin but acts as an antioxidant to fight infections. Soothing Facial Cream acts as a barrier between your skin and the harsh environments in everyday living. When applying, a little goes a long way. The facial cream is scentless, creamy, and light; perfect for people who do not like thick oily creams.
Oatmeal and Lavender Soap Bar
Eczema Honey Oatmeal and Lavender Soap Bar is, by far, one of my favorite skincare products. Patel mentions that the bar soap is not like generic bar soaps. The soap is packed with Oatmeal to relieve irritation. The bar soap does not lather as much as your typical soap, but it's super creamy formula hydrates your skin for endless comfort.
Self-care Sunday, I take the extra step to use the Oatmeal Scrub. The high-quality scrub includes Epsom Salt, which is excellent after a long work week. The scrub exfoliates my skin while providing hydration. I noticed a decrease in dry patches on my legs after adding this to my shower routine. After I use the gentle oatmeal scrub, my skin feels breathable and smooth
Soothing Nut-Free Cream
After my shower, hydrating my skin with the right product is critical! Usually, I would apply a topical steroid to calm my inflammation. The steroid cream works, but the overly medicated product would leave my skin dehydrated. I decided to replace my steroid cream with the Soothing Nut-Free Cream. The Soothing Nut-Free Cream is mixed with Beeswax and pure honey to soothe inflammation and create a protective barrier. The product melts to the touch and absorbs quickly into the skin. The skin smoothing cream can be used as a lotion, mask, make-up remover, and lip balm!
Living with Eczema is not a walk in the park. From children to adults, Eczema can make your life uncomfortable. Created to treat the user, not the disease, Eczema Honey is a natural solution for people who suffer from Eczema. It provides immediate and long nourishment for atopic dermatitis. Eczema Honey's purpose is to help people who live with Eczema to gain their life back. Eczema Honey can be found at your local CVS, located in the First-Aid, Body Care, and Facial Care Aisle.