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Frustration with Oils, Creams, Lotions and Potions

How many years has it been since I started trying every new cream, oil, lotion, or potion on the market? How many dollars have I spent doing this? All in the search for a cure, or even just a short pause in the never-ending battle with atopic dermatitis. If I had that time back, or had that money back, I’d be a young, rich woman. Hopefully with great skin.

Trying CeraVe cream

Oh, but wishing doesn’t get us anywhere, does it?  Except for a few minutes of daydreams. Here are some of the things I’ve tried both long ago and recently. I’ve written before about the CeraVe cream my pharmacist recommended for my face, and it is still working like a charm, most of the time. But the dry itchy patches on my body are still dry and itchy. An absent-minded scratch by my knee just sent a small stream of blood running down to my socks. That’s another thing; when our skin gets so thin and weakened, we bleed more easily.

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Trying exfoliating with eczema

I’m not one to jump on the bandwagon for every new highly-hyped product. A couple of years ago I heard one of the American supermodels discussing her wonderful skin. She said her main secret was the fact that she dry brushed her skin regularly before her shower. She also brushed her lips with a soft nail brush. So I bought a very stiff back brush for the shower. It’s almost as stiff as an old fashioned floor scrub brush! Now once a week before my shower, I dry brush with it to try and exfoliate all those old dead skin cells. I’m not sure if it makes a difference. If it does, it’s very subtle.

Trying Vaseline

A long time ago, in desperation to stop the flaking, I decided to use straight Vaseline. It worked - until I tried washing that greasy mess out of my clothes. Not an easy job. Can’t have it on the skin without it transferring to the clothes. So on to the next, and then the next. Each new product claimed to be better than the last, but usually not for me.

I won’t go into the long list of products that have been passed on to my daughter with great skin. At least they don’t go to waste. I’m so thankful she didn’t inherit my skin problems.

Trying Aveeno's daily moisturizing lotion

I then went back to my old faithful; Aveeno’s daily moisturizing lotion. Applied immediately after the shower, then again a few minutes later. It’s time-consuming but necessary. At least it’s not expensive.

Trying Aveeno's Intense Relief Moisture Repair Cream

But after reading some of the stories and comments on our site discussing lotions versus creams, I wondered why I was still using a lotion. I decided to try Aveeno’s Intense Relief Moisture Repair Cream for a regular whole-body cream instead of just for my extra dry spots. It absorbs well enough, so it doesn’t transfer to my clothing, and so far has been doing the job well, for the most part. But the really dry areas such as my lower legs and upper arms still require a second application a few minutes later. The frustration continues.

Any suggestions? Comment below!

If anyone has found a product that’s hypo-allergenic, moisturizes without being greasy, works in one go, and is fairly natural, could you please let me know?

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