Did you know there are approximately 30 million people in the U.S. who suffer from eczema? Three of those people live in my house. I always have itchy skin. Always. That’s life with eczema — itchies. I’ve learned to live with it, but seeing my babies itch — that breaks my heart.
Having had years and years of experience, I have learned that the best way to treat my itchies is by keeping them hydrated with soothing lotions and using gentle body washes that don’t strip my skin. And my favorite lotion is Aveeno.
I have used Aveeno lotions and bath soaks since I was a girl. Mom always told me that the oatmeal in Aveeno was good and soothing for my skin, so that’s what I have always used. In fact, you will find Aveeno face wash and lotions on my counter in addition to my stash of Aveeno Eczema Therapy.
Although I can’t cure my eczema since the underlying condition is that I am allergic to everything. (Ok, not really everything, but grasses, trees, pollens, dust, cats, dogs, etc., etc. — it certainly seems like everything.) What I can do is treat the itchy patches when the pop up, and in between flair ups I baby my skin.
Here is the thing about eczema — it itches, like crazy. Man does it itch. My husband is constantly telling me to stop scratching, but even as a grown woman who knows better, I can’t. That’s why my patches go from a minor irritation to a full-blown open sore quickly. So I sympathize with my daughters when they do the same thing.
My favorite thing about Aveeno moisturizing cream is that even when our skin is raw, it doesn’t sting. I have used other eczema products over the years, but so many of them sting. It doesn’t sting for me, and it doesn’t sting for my girls, which means no more tears, just soothing relief.
Just like my mom did for me when I was a little girl, when my baby girl first presented with eczema patches around 18 months old, I went straight to the store to stock up on Aveeno Bath Treatment. After daily soaks and lots of lotions her flare up subsided.
We will always have eczema, but we will also always have Aveeno.
If you or a loved one are also one of the 30 million eczema suffers, try Aveeno (or Aveeno Baby for the tiniest sufferers). It works for my family, and it will work for yours too.
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.