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My topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) and chronic eczema journey started in January 2017. Over the last 3 years, I tried many products.
Despite being reading many excellent reviews – many of these products still irritated my skin. Either with a severe allergic reaction upon contact (i.e. manuka honey), a stinging sensation or skin reddening.
These 8 products I share in the video above – are the ones that I have tried and continued to use today.
I share in the video how these products help me.
Every one’s skin and eczema condition is unique – I am sharing what works for me – maybe it might help someone out.
For more details of products, like the ingredients list, I have hyperlinked them to the product site. This is not a sponsored post and I purchased all the products with my own money.
*reminder* When trying out new skin care products, consider trying it first on a small patch of skin (not face or neck!), just to see how your skin reacts to it.
- The Soap Works’ Pure Vegetable Glycerin Soap
– I use it daily on my face and body
– unscented + mild
– no stinging sensation – I started using this when 60% recovered from TSW, not sure if it would have the stinging sensation when my TSW was at its worst. (See #2)
– a simple & affordable soap
- La Roche-Posay TOLERIANE Dermo-Cleanser
– currently, I use this only when there are dry, flaky eczema areas after rinsing off the soap in #1.
– During the worst state of TSW, I used this daily as a face and body wash and it didn’t have any stinging sensation.
– effective also in removing make up – apply, wipe & wash
– very gentle and mild
– hydrates & moisturizes skin after use
*TIP* some stores or dermatogist clinics that carry this product may have free small samples for you to try. Ask for a few so you can test it out over a few days.
*NOTE* doesn’t lather at all and may feel like its not cleaning the skin. But it works.
- Avène Thermal Spring Water
– soothes and calms TSW & chronic eczema.
– use it as a toner daily. pat it in to the skin.
– also use it with moisturizer and pat it in.
– sometimes also use it with hair dryer set on low cool setting to calm skin down
– it helps calm dry irritated TSW/eczema skin
- Avène Cicalfate Restorative Hand Cream
– my main daily moisturizer during hot humid day & summer
– during fall/winter, I use it on as well, in addition to the XeraCalm balm, when my skin calls for it
– I use it as a hand cream, face and body moisturizer
– no stinging sensation
– very calming on TSW skin, eczema rashes
– not greasy and skin easily absorbs
– contains little bit of zinc
*TIP* some drug stores may have free samples if you ask.
*NOTE* Avène has a similar product called Cicalfate+ supposed to be the complementary product for face and body. However, I tried it once and it didn’t work for me.
- Avène XeraCalm AD. Lipid-replenishing Balm
– made a huge difference in comfort and skin relief when I was in the worst state of TSW
– my main daily face and body moisturizer during fall & winter
– during summer: only use as spot treatment on dry, flaky skin
– no stinging sensation
– slightly greasy but a little goes long way
*TIP* some drug stores may have small free samples – ask for a few days supply as the bottles are tiny.
*NOTE* Avene has a similar product called the XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-replenishing CREAM. But it didn’t work for me.
- Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
– been using this for over 10 years
– I trust this product on my skin
– use at night on face and neck
– no stinging sensation (even during TSW)
– not greasy nor oily
– *TIP* You can go to most Estée Lauder beauty counters in major department stores and they will let you try the product out. Some places may give you free samples.
– *NOTE* A little went a long way before TSW issues. Somehow during TSW my skin seemed to absorb a lot more of this product. Hence I stopped using it daily and only use it on self care days.
- Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Ointment (White)
by Tiger Balm
– I only use this when required.
– not suitable for TSW or inflamed skin, as may worsen it.
– I use this as a spot treatment to stop itch that happens on intact skin, mild rash or aggravated scabs
– cooling menthol sensation stops me from feeling the itch.
– *NOTE*: Don’t apply on too many areas of the body, as you might suddenly feel very cold and have to wait out the menthol sensation.
- Rouger Ihle’s Paste Zinc Oxide 25%
– I only use this when required
– I used it on TSW & chronic eczema, broken skin
– relieves skin pain caused by TSW/eczema
– many zinc oxide creams or other brands of Ihle’s Paste, doesn’t stick to the skin and tends to rub off easily causing distractions and irritations during the day but ROUGHER Ihle’s Paste is the only one I found that works well and is effective.
*TIP* They have small 150g tubs that goes a very long way and is less than CAN$10. The link above – sells a 500g tub which is way too much for me – but I hyperlinked it as it shows the ingredients.
*NOTE* Ihle’s Paste has many brands. Rougier brand may seem hard to find, but most pharmacies carry it, sometimes gotta show them the photo of the product. And if they don’t they could order it for you.
That’s it! Have you tried any of the above products? What is your opinion or experience like with them? Or what products have you tried that has helped TSW and/or eczema?
Do let me know in the comments below – if you are comfortable to share!
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