My eczema defense tools

Monday, November 17, 2014

I think I came out of the womb with eczema. Maybe that's too much information for a Monday morning, so let's just say I've dealt with eczema for a very long time. In fact, it used to be so bad that my mom would have to put masking tape on the inside of the snaps of my pants because I would break out around my stomach. In elementary school, I could only wear 14-karat gold jewelry and I haven't been able to take a bubble bath in years.

Luckily, it's not as extreme anymore, and I'm willing to sacrifice bubbles in my bath if I have to. However, eczema isn't something that just goes away and you have to treat it accordingly. I've tried my fair share of treatments over the years, but I think I finally have a pretty good defense team, especially for when it strikes extra badly in the summer and winter months. Extreme heat and cold can make your skin do weird things anyway, and add eczema to the mix and you've got yourself a par-tay. What can you do to make your skin happier? Here are my favorite tools.

Eucerin Daily Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion is my main line of defense. I use it after every shower and it always seem to help. Eucerin is one of the only things I've been using since I was younger that is always helpful, and the replenishing lotion is perfect.

Cortizone 10 Eczema is what I like to put on after the Eucerin, just for extra protection. Also, when I have a bit of a breakout this helps me stop itching like a maniac, even if just for a little while. When I use this one I concentrate it on my arms and legs since that's where breakouts seem to happen most.

Jergens Ultra Healing is something I only recently started using, thanks to Influenster. I don't necessarily use it on a daily basis like the others, but it's there when I need it. I especially like using it on my hands and the heels of my feet, as they can get pretty crazy in the winter time.

Like any condition, eczema is different for everyone that deals with it and what works for me might not work for you. But if you're struggling to get a handle on your skin, these products are worth a try.

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