“I am reaching out because I am desperate to find something for my daughter’s skin. She is 10 years old … has severe eczema that seems to just keep getting worse.”
Seeking Help for Eczema
“I am reaching out because I am desperate to find something for my daughter’s skin. She is 10 years old so not needing makeup yet, but would love it if you know of something we could try or you sell to help her extremely dry skin. She has severe eczema that seems to just keep getting worse. All of the medical creams are loaded with steroids and other chemicals that cause discoloration of the skin. Her problem areas are her face and the back of her neck. This being said she is at the age where she does not want to be looked at differently. So she refuses to use the creams. Sorry this is so long winded just a mom looking for a different option other than the multiple harsh meds we have been using for the last 9 years. Thanks so much for your time.” -Tonya
I couldn’t NOT TRY to help a 10 year old girl that has been suffering most of her life, especially with those awkward teen years coming up in no time. My heart went out to this little girl and her mom trying to help. So I put on my big girl britches and made some suggestions based on the research I have been doing since the first reader asked me. This was my (lengthy) response.
Natural Remedies (and some disclaimers)
“Oh my goodness, bless your daughter’s heart! That must be so frustrating for both of you. I want to help you if I can, but first I need to emphasize to you that I am NOT a medical professional in any way. My understanding of eczema is that it can sometimes be triggered by an auto-immune issue, so I want to encourage you to always seek medical advice and approval of anything you plan to use on your daughter. Always read labels carefully to make sure it doesn’t contain any known allergens. None of this is meant to treat, diagnose or cure, because that is something only a doctor can do, per the FDA.I don’t have a recipe for anything quite like what you need without it being ridiculously expensive for you to make yourself, but I have a few suggested product ideas. Some of these are affiliate links, which means you don’t pay anything extra, but if you do purchase it, I make a small commission. These are all brands and products I use myself and only recommend because I am very pleased with the results I have personally seen. I don’t have eczema, but I have suffered from very dry skin for about five years now.Having said those important disclaimers, I have read some really wonderful things about Hemp Seed Oil helping soothe eczema symptoms and minimize it’s appearance. Blissoma is a company I use regularly for my skincare products and they make two different serums that contain Hemp Seed Oil. I have personally used their Restore Healing Serum, for my own extremely dry skin and it is phenomenal for that purpose. Blissoma also makes a serum called Flawless Healing Serum, which is geared towards acne sufferers, but contains an even higher concentration of Hemp Seed Oil. You can read the specific details on each of those products at the links and decide which you think is better for her needs. Unless she is just insanely dry, I would suggest the Flawless (even though I have not used that one myself) because of the higher hemp seed oil content. If you purchase from Blissoma, make sure you sign up for their newsletter so you can get free shipping on orders over $50, which you can do here.In addition to either of these I would strongly encourage you to use a non-toxic and very gentle cleanser on the area. Basically even something like Cetaphil (commonly recommended by dermatologists) still contains some nasty toxins that only aggravate really sensitive skin. Start with this one for Acure Organics Sensitive Skin Cleanser. It is really economical and completely non-toxic. You can buy it from Amazon at that link, but your grocery store or local target may also carry it (mine only carries their shampoo, but fingers crossed they will get more stuff soon).I really hope this helps your daughter. It is hard enough growing up as a girl without also dealing with something like this. Give her big hugs for me! Feel free to reply to this email with any more questions you have.” -Cajun
“Several months ago I contacted you as a last hope for my daughters eczema. I am so happy we found you. I could never thank you enough as life is hard on an 11 year old girl with skin problems and skin discoloration due to all the harsh treatments that we had tried and been prescribed. For the first time since my daughter was 2 she can enjoy the summer with normal looking skin. We have been able to stop all of the medicated creams and steroids that she has been on for the last 8 years. (Her doctors are aware and were supportive) At her last dermatology/immunology appointment even they were amazed at the results. Not only has my daughters skin cleared up but the discoloration of her skin has gotten better as well. My daughter is so happy these days and has enjoyed several summer camps. This has really boosted her level of self confidence and has allowed her to make many new friends. I just wanted to take the time to tell you all these things to say keep doing what your doing. Not only are you educating us on the effects of these chemicals your changing lives. Thank you so much. Lots of hugs your way.” -Tonya