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Aveeno for eczema

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mimmymouse Tue 15-Mar-11 14:55:02

Dear more experienced eczema Mummies!

I'm new to this whole eczema business and trying out different creams. Have used Cetraben with mixed results. Doublebase brought DD out in an angry red rash, so that is in the bin.

Aveeno seems to be highly recommended. I noticed Aveeno, in the sort of "normal" moisturiser section of Boots today (on 3 for 2 at that) and was wondering if that is the stuff people are referring to for eczema sufferers?

Has anyone had any experience with this one? Good? Bad? Indifferent?

If so, Boots, here I come!


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Pennies Tue 15-Mar-11 14:56:53

Great stuff!

everythingchangeseverything Tue 15-Mar-11 14:57:01

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Ponders Tue 15-Mar-11 14:58:01

well beige, anyway - the writing comes in different colours for different kinds

it is lovely stuff

mimmymouse Tue 15-Mar-11 15:06:39

Awesome. Sounds like it might be worth investigating.

Many thanks to you all!

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lindsell Tue 15-Mar-11 15:15:48

One thing I would say is that a couple of years ago they changed the ingredients in the standard aveeno cream and I am now allergic to it (having previously found it to be the only thing that was any good!) I have found that the aveeno baby eczema cream (not sold in the uk but there are sellers of it on eBay) is the only one of their products now that is good (and it's excellent for me) and is the closest to the original ingredients of aveeno.

Every eczema sufferer seems to react to slightly different things so it's such a process of trial and error!

Gwink Tue 15-Mar-11 15:21:13

You can get Aveeno on prescription, so it would be free for your DD. My GP was happy to prescribe it as I had tried it first and could confirm that it worked.

And thank you - you have just reminded me to order a repeat prescription!

changeforthebetter Tue 15-Mar-11 15:23:09

We use alongside a combination of other things. It took ages to get the right combination sorted. Daily cream, small flare up treatment and major flare-up. Definitely get it on prescription - in fact thanks for reminding me to renew DD's smile

Gems999 Mon 02-May-11 19:09:30

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home79 Mon 02-May-11 19:33:28

My dd used aveeno for a while. I like it lots. She now claims it stings so we are back on doublebase. I hate the stuff though.

CocktailQueen Mon 02-May-11 19:49:04

We have had good results with Aveeno too - good luck!

lukewarmmama Tue 03-May-11 14:01:50

Terribly allergic to it, awful!

greenleafytrees Tue 03-May-11 23:28:15

Need to watch as I think it might have nuts in it, but it works well for us (me, DH and 2 DDs all with mild to moderate eczema). The oily stuff is fab. We got the cream on prescription and then bought whole range. it's pricey but if you can't get it on prescription then boots seem to have it on special offer from time to time. Good luck!

OmicronPersei8 Tue 03-May-11 23:33:20

We use it for DS, love it. It's the only thing that actually makes his skin soft - it's usually very dry. It can sometimes shift a flare-up too. We get it on prescription too.

It doesn't suit everyone and it doesn't suit all types of ezcema, but worth a try, definitely.

OmicronPersei8 Tue 03-May-11 23:34:41

*eczema (it's late!)

avsbavs Mon 16-May-11 21:08:57

Aveeno is amazing for keeping skin that is in good condition moisturised.

as soon as you suffer a flare up it becomes counter active and useless.

so use it but if it starts to sting when applied, switch to double base and a steroid cream. however aveeno is a much better moisturiser and is not as oily and easier to apply.

you can also apply for it on prescription if this is any help.

here are some more tips that may help you smile

"i am nearly 16 and have suffered from ezcema for as long as i can remember

i used to cry and scream all through the night and scratch myself raw

i was always told i would grow out of it, first when i was 6, then 7, then 11, then 14, yet here i am, still with ezcema.

however from years of trial and error, FINALLY i have it under control and you cant even notice my skin, apart from a tiny bit on my hands.

so here are my tips... they wont work for everyone but you can try.... they work for me

firstly, showers/baths were a killer for me. try rinsing off skin with cold water at the end of a shower and then 'hug' dry. this cools skin before moisturising.

i cant use any aqueous creams as they trap in heat and irritate my skin more, however some people find they work well for them. instead i use AVEENO, which i love. you can get it on prescription in the uk which helps

if neither or these work, try using straight olive oil, its really natural and an amazing moisturiser. it can be a little messy but sinks in really really quickly.

so, moisturise twice a day, i know its a chore but try and made it as bearable as possibly, for example, warming up cream a bit in the winter.

for those flareups, (i always get back skin when it gets cold outside and the heating goes on, and again in the spring when it goes off and the weather improves,) ask you doctor for a steroid cream. as soon as dry skin or red blotchy patched appears apply cream immediately. you have to catch flareups in time. if however, cream stings and hurts when applied, try using ice packs and stress balls. another thing is hotwater bottles but try the ice first.

oilatum bath oil is ggood to use when the weather changes as it keeps skin moist while your body adjusts to the climate.

probably the most important thing to keep my ezcema under control are anti-histamines.i take cetrizine every day in the morning and ucerax in the evenings. these make you drouzy so you sleep all night without scratching. they do not affect me in the mornings and i still do wake in the night sometimes but not because im ripping my skin appart. i used to get so tired, even if i was sleeping all night due to the scratching. sleep loss increased greatly when i turned 13.

i think thats all... please ask me if you have any questions

i am thinking of setting up a website to help and advise people on how to live with eczema. do you thing this is a good idea and would work?"

good luck


ClaireOB Tue 17-May-11 13:10:30

just fyi from today's Independent Eczema: how to save their skins

CarlaP Mon 19-Sep-11 13:35:38

Good luck with the advice line Avalon. Thank you for your helpful message. I love Aveeno & so pleased you can get it online in the UK. Soft-Skin's site is fab.

Looooosie Thu 06-Oct-11 21:56:23

Does anyone use antihistamine? The day before yesterday I finally found that this is the answer to my 30 year struggle with eczema. I didn't know it would work at the time but this morning when I woke I had transformed from wanting to use sand paper to scratch the terrible itch and I generally feel 95% better. My husband stroked my back today and gasped in amazement that for the first time in years he couldn't feel the eczema! The lumps and blisters on my hands have dried up overnight and are hardly visible. Is it standard practice to prescribe antihistamine? Not once in my 3 decades of eczema have I been offered it! I have tried all the lotions, potions and emollients to little or no effect. I haven't wanted to scratch myself for 24 hours and my eczema is now at the back of my mind instead of burning a hole through it! Babies and infants can use some antihistamines. Does anyone have experience of this?

Angielka Mon 10-Oct-11 18:44:10

We've been using lush's dream cream with our 1 yr old since she was about 4months old... the only thing that has helped her eczema as well as the cortisone cream the doc prescribed and which we've tried to avoid.

mrsravelstein Mon 10-Oct-11 18:48:33

dd is 20 months old and massively allergic to aqueous cream, doublebase, diprobase and aveeno.

the baby oilatum is the only thing i can use in the bath that doesn't instantly make her skin bright red.

as a moisturiser i use this

pointydog Mon 10-Oct-11 19:00:45

It's all about trial and error. It's great for some and not for others.

Solola Mon 10-Oct-11 19:06:16

Another vote for aveeno. Tried nearly all the other commonly prescribed creams for DS and they all made it worse. Found aveeno after searching online help forums and now I get in on prescription for Ds1 and DS2 and you wouldn't even know either of them ever had eczema.

SardineQueen Mon 10-Oct-11 19:14:21

We find aveeno very good. Get it on prescription for teh DDs.

Worth a try. See if you can get it from the doc though as is £££

SardineQueen Mon 10-Oct-11 19:15:15

Oh and I would say the cream and the bath oil are good, the lotion is lovely but not gloopy enough for really dry skin.

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