Itchy, red and patchy skin. That is the plight of those who suffer from eczema. I should know, I have battled the skin ichys for as long as I can remember, and I am afraid my daughter is already following in my foot steps with intermittent patches of eczema since she was a baby. I’ve pretty much tried everything with varying degrees of success. So when I was asked to check out Neosporin Essentials for eczema, I willing to give it a shot.
While eczema can appear anywhere, and occasionally I get random patches, the eczema that plagues me is in the most difficult location possible. I get eczema on my eyelids. Yep, red, flaky, ichy all day, every day. Think eczema looks ugly on your hands? Picture it on your face. I have tried so many things… The only thing that really works are prescription medications, which all carry warnings about using on the skin around your eyes. My eczema is not only itchy and ugly, it is aging me because the treatments (and dry skin) are speeding my wrinkles. It is a very sensitive subject for me.
When the products arrived, the first thing I did was test the Daily Moisturizing Cream on my eyelids. The big question, would it burn? (So many lotions do.) I was thrilled to find that it did not. Additionally, it was not terribly greasy so I have been able to use it in the mornings before I put my makeup on. Also a plus. (By the way, in my opinion the cream is really more like a lotion because it is thinner in consistency and not greasy.)
When the products arrived, I was in the middle of a TERRIBLE flair up. I decided I had to use my medicated treatment for a couple of days. In addition to my medicated treatment, I put the cream on several times a day, any time the itchies started to get bad. I used the prescription for a couple of days, and the lotion for a couple of weeks. Currently, my eczema is calming down (it is never fully gone). I am still putting the cream on to keep it moisturized, but it is doing better. Unfortunately for me, I have to use the medication from time to time, but since this cream doesn’t burn and it isn’t greasy, I am going to continue to use it to try to keep the skin on my eyes protected to hopefully keep attacks at bay.
I can’t say for sure that the cream made a difference yet because I only tested it on this first outbreak (with my medicine), but it seemed to help and if nothing else, it was soothing when I applied it to my eyelids. That alone is worth having it around because when it itches it makes me nutty, and I can’t help but to itch it.
In addition to the cream, the line also includes a Daily Body Wash and an Anti-Itch Cream. The body wash is soap and fragrance free and seemed to be very moisturizing (although I didn’t use it on my face, I did wash my hands with it). The anti-itch cream is 1% hydrocortisone, which is effective against eczema (although not a good idea on eyelids). I currently have a random rash, not eczema, that I am treating with the anti-itch cream. It’s always good to have something like that on hand.
If you suffer from eczema, then like me you are probably always on the hunt for a new product to sooth your skin. I definitely recommend trying the new Neosporin Essentials. You can try the entire line in a trial pack or you can purchase the products individually. Either way you go, there are coupons available. Save $3 off any Neosporin Essentials individual product or save $5 off the trail pack.
Disclosure – I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Neosporin Essentials and received a product sample to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.