Goodbye Eczema!

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My first daughter was blessed with amazing skin. I NEVER put lotion on her as a baby and her skin was always beautiful and soft. My second baby seemed to get hit with everything: bad baby acne, cradle cap, and some eczema on her legs. I was excited when I got the opportunity to try Cheryl Lee Products on her skin. Although it worked amazingly, I was hesitant to share on my blog because I don’t consider her case to be “extreme,” and I didn’t want to tell other moms to try it unless I knew for sure that it would help the most severe cases. So I asked 2 of my friends who both have sons with severe cases of eczema if they would try the creams and give me their honest feedback. They were both desperate to find something that wasn’t a prescription, that wouldn’t sting, and would actually work to heal their son’s skin.

Since I’m pretty sure I have to put this disclosure on anything medical related, here it is: I am not a doctor, nor do I offer medical advice. This post is written from the personal experience of others.

UPDATE: to read about my continued experiences with these products over a year later, see this post.

This is Kelly’s experience:

My son has had pretty severe eczema his entire life. We have always used prescription creams to keep it clear, but he dreaded the medicine because it burned and stung whenever we used it. Non Prescription creams have never been able to touch it.  The last 2 years his condition has been very mild – the doctor said he had probably grown out of it. A few months ago it appeared again out of the blue and it was worse than ever. I was given TrueLipids® Eczema Experts™ Anti-Itch 1% Hydrocortisone Barrier Cream by Kristina. I was super skeptical, because I’ve never had a non prescription cream work, but I was so happy with the results. The biggest plus for my son was the fact that it didn’t sting or burn when he put it on! We were diligent and used it every day. After day 2 I could see a huge difference. After a week the eczema was gone, leaving only the usual scarring from his itching behind. We used it for another week just to be sure, than began using the TrueLipids® Relieve & Protect Ointment. It has stayed clear and he hasn’t had any recurrences. The only thing I have found to take away my son's eczema

This is Ami’s experience:

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Camden is 8 ½ years old and is a very active little boy. Eczema has been a problem of his since he was a baby. I first noticed a problem when he was about a month old. I had just given him a bath and put some scented baby lotion on him. He instantly cried and it wasn’t a normal cry. I knew then that it was irritating him. It wasn’t until about a month later that dry patches started to appear. Camden’s pediatrician told me he had infantile eczema and that he would likely outgrow it. His eczema primarily affects his ankles, the backs of his knees, and the inside of his elbows. Occasionally, he will have it on his hand and between his fingers. I have noticed that his eczema gets worse when the seasons change and when he is around a lot of dirt or gets sweaty. Camden is very active so keeping his skin clean and dry is a challenge. His skin itches all the time and I catch him itching the problem areas a lot. When he has flare ups, his skin gets very dry and red. It usually gets so bad that he will scratch the area until he bleeds and gets an infection. Since he has had this for most of his life, his ankles now have scars on them.

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I have tried anything I could think of for treating Camden’s eczema. The doctors have prescribed me numerous oral and topical steroids. They have told me to give him Benadryl at night to help him to not itch while he sleeps. He has been given antibiotics to clear up the infections he has gotten by itching as a result of the open sores. I hated giving him so many different medicines. I have tried essential oils. We have always used Vaseline to try to keep his eczema under control. None of these have ever worked long-term. With any medicine I was given in the past from doctors, I felt like his eczema would look better for a little bit, but never truly healed. I knew it would be only time before it was back. He has a hard time with anything scented on his skin. Sunscreen, bug spray or certain laundry detergents really bothered him.
He still suffers from eczema and is old enough now that it really frustrates him. He feels different from his siblings and wants to have “normal” skin just like them. When he has had outbreaks in the past, kids at school have asked him what is wrong with his skin.
I was very excited to try the Cheryl Lee sensitive skin care system. I have heard about it in the past and hoped it was something that would work for Camden. This is by far the best product I have used for him. We used the Eczema Experts morning and night. I tried to use the ceramide + cream and the skin protectant at other times during the day. After the first week, I saw significant improvement. The eczema on his arms and behind his knees cleared up. His ankles looked a lot better too. It’s hard to see from the pictures though. Before trying any of this, his skin was very rough. The skin on his ankles were especially rough and thick. After the first week, his skin was very smooth. I hadn’t remembered his skin feeling that smooth in a very long time. His ankles have been damaged by years of eczema and it was the fastest improvement I have seen. I know that his eczema is an ongoing problem. Summer is an extremely busy time for our family and I wasn’t as consistent as I wanted to be after the second week. I have seen with Camden’s eczema that if I don’t stay consistent, it usually comes back pretty quick. We had a couple of really busy weeks with baseball and it was hard for me to keep up on the creams. Camden was on three different baseball teams throughout the summer so the meant a lot of sweat and dirt. This would have been a disaster with any other cream I have tried in the past. I noticed that even if I missed a couple of days with the Cheryl Lee MD sensitive skin care system, I could put the eczema cream on at night and his eczema looked significantly better in the morning. His eczema never flared up to the degree it has in the past either. It seems much more manageable now. I feel like the one mistake I really made was by not putting the skin protectant ointment cream on Camden before he played baseball. I think this would have protected his skin from the dirt and sweat he encountered during baseball.

After trying all sorts of creams, essential oils, etc, we FINALLY found something that took away my son's eczema!
Baseball is finished and I feel like a life is getting back to more of a routine. My plan for the future is to put the eczema cream on his ankles a couple of times a day until it’s cleared up a little better and then maintain his trouble spots with the ceramide + cream during the day and the skin protectant ointment at night. At this point, I only have to put the skin protectant ointment on his knees or elbows every few days and it’s mostly to prevent anything from coming back. I really feel like the longer I use any of the Cheryl Lee products, the less I will have to use them. I really feel like I will be able to maintain Camden’s eczema with the Cheryl Lee products. I have recommended the Cheryl Lee MD products to friends and will continue to use them myself. My only complaint would be the cost. It’s something that I will have to really budget for. I think it could be hard for a lot of families to afford to try unless they really knew it was going to work. I’m thankful I have finally found something that’s helping Camden’s eczema. He’s not a self-conscious about his skin anymore.

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Comments

  1. Britney says

    This is totally awesome! I’ve had troubles with eczema my whole life and have more than enough scars to show for it! Thanks for the info and I’m going to check it out!

    • Michelle says

      My son had severe eczema when he was 3 years old. We tried numerous prescription creams as well as natural creams, etc. I finally took him to my dermatologist who suggested that we eliminate all dairy, oils with the exception of olive oil , and all nuts from his diet. We were desperate and immediately did as he said, causing us to basically consume a whole foods diet – no processed foods and very little eating out. Within just a couple of weeks, his arms, which were previously bleeding, had completely cleared. I am convinced that eczema, for some, is an internal problem – one that, in our case, could not be cured with external treatments.

  2. Teralyn says

    That’s awesome, my daughter has had bad eczema and had her patch tested and found out she is allergic to balsam of Peru. You might want to look into it a lot of people who are diagnosed with eczema are actually allergic to balsamic of Peru

  3. Roxanne Tomkinson says

    what I learned is that her products are hyper allergenic and they will not burn the skin when they are applied this is something that I have been looking for my 3 year old has horrible eczema and had had it ever since he was 4 months old!

  4. Tiffany says

    I love the idea of an alternative to steroids for my baby’s eczema. I would LOVE to try this. I do agree the cost is a bit high to be in our budget so I’d love to win the giveaway to try it out first. I would feel much more comfortable using this NON-TOXIC stuff on her than some of the other prescriptions we have.

    • says

      Hi Tiffany! I understand your concern with the price. One thing that is nice is our 30-day money-back guarantee. If it doesn’t work then we will take it back, no questions asked (as long as it’s still half full). That way you can try it without worrying it might not work.

    • nelnarija says

      “I love the idea of an alternative to steroids” – Why nobody told this mother that the cream is made with steroids as well?????

  5. Lisa says

    My one year old son has severe eczema. We see a dermatologist once a month and he uses 7 different kinds of lotion, some prescription, some not. Nothing really helps. I’m so nervous that the winter will ruin any progress we’ve made! It is especially bad around the eyes and I didn’t know that it was probably from allergies, which I read on her site. This would be a life saver for him. He can barely sleep from all the itching. Seriously he said itchy before he said mama!

  6. Rachel says

    After years of suffering from this I have to say, the only thing that got rid of my eczema is eliminating dairy products completely from my diet. I did it and after 2 weeks of dairy free diet it went away completely. hope it helps somebody here :)

  7. Michelle Henretta says

    I knew they were hypoallergenic…but I didn’t know that it helped create a new barrier that my so ‘s skin is unable to do so. Hope to see this helps his eczema

  8. Kara says

    I was able to learn more about Keratosis Pilaris and that I what I have is considered more severe. I’ve been putting off getting treatment and I’m realizing that I need to take care of this asap.

  9. Nichole Avila says

    I LOVE these products so much! If you are hesitant then order some samples to try it. I promise they work though and have given me a lot of pain relief!!

  10. Dena says

    I think the controlled release is what truly sets this apart from other lotions. My daughter has had issues with Eczema, with almost no relief from anything. I will be trying this! Thank you!

  11. Rosee' says

    I think my daughters eczema is allergy related but one day when it wasn’t as severe we tried organic coconut oil and covered the entire area that was affected and in the morning it was gone! Could have been a coincidence. Thanks for your advice!

  12. Leonora says

    You need to treat the gut of persons suffering from excema. My grandson had a severe case of excema as a young baby 6 months old. The doctor prescribed cortisol cream. I did not think this was a good idea for such delicate skin not to mention a young baby being given steroid cream. I went to a health food store where they advised the solution was simple. Give probiotics and fish oil. I thought I had nothing to loose. Being covered in excema and his skin feeling like leather we gave him a children grade dose of probiotics and fish oil. Costco has a great liquid probiotic where we placed drops on his pacifier. It was difficult to find the fish oil. We stuck with the probiotics and within a few days his excema was disappearing. Within a couple of weeks it totally disappeared. We kept up the regime even after it cleared up. There is no return of excema!

  13. Pamela Anderson says

    I am reading this because my nearly 18-year-old son has had troubles with eczema since he was a toddler. We too, tried evey topical treatment imagineable over the years. But it wasn’t until we treated the INTERNAL reason for the outward symptom (the eczema), we never got true healing. Please consider this. I pursued this with his pediatrician, a pediatric dermatologist and regular dermatologists, allergists, and family practitioners. He was allergy tested, biopsied, food restricted, put on steroids, prescribed bleach baths ( :0 ), told to bath daily, then told to bath as infrequently as possible, and by the age of 10 had taken to wrapping his hands in rags at night so that he couldn’t scratch. Broke this mother’s heart to see him suffering and scarring himself with the endless scratching. Bathing/showering became a painful nightmare. The water hurt his raw wounds. I lived in constant fear he would get a massive infection (like MRSA) due to the open wounds. But one trip to a naturopath changed it all. He got a proper diagnosis, a naturopathic oral treatment AND a supplement and vitamin regimen that HEALED 99% of his rashes. And there was not a single ointment, lotion, or topical potion involved! Love that this ointment you are talking about seems to help so much. But please also consider internal healing!

  14. nelnarija says

    I am so sorry for all people suffering from ekzema. But – this cream is the same all doctors can give you. Of course it Works when its steroids….Or…nobody here knows what hydrocortisone is??? :(

  15. Britt says

    I tried everything under the sun. Nothing worked until I started taking cod liver oil capsules, turmeric, and eating raw sauerkraut. I think it’s mostly the sauerkraut that does the job because it has trillions of good bacteria.

  16. Enilza says

    Nossa eu estou precisando muito as minhas eczemas etão me deixando louca, há dois anos sofro com isso,como faço sou do Brasil.?

  17. Deb says

    I have developed eczema on my legs as an adult and have been frantic to find the root cause. Seems gluten and dairy are culprits. I went to a naturopath, got on a regimen to alleviate candida, leaky gut and inflammation from my system, and a modified paleo diet seems to work the best for me. Blessings on you and your family as you do your utmost to find a cure!

  18. Carol Swanson says

    Please take your child to an allergist. It looks like a food allergy to me. My daughter had similar breakout in the bends of her knees. Statistics show that it more than likely is NOT an allergy to wheat. It would be far better to treat the child for the cause rather than treat the symptoms. imho

  19. S. F. says

    My son had eczema as well. it got so bad it looked worse than the pictures you showed. We thought it might be something more. His doctor prescribed all sorts of steroids and such, til he finally sent us to a specialist. The Dermatologist specialist saw him for half a second and said you need to buy CeraVe moisturizing creme ( the one in the jar), gave us a book on eczema that his superior wrote and sent us on our way! I didn’t have high hopes, but I bought it at Walmart for $15 and it worked!! I did as the Dr. said right after a warm bath or shower I pat him dry and applied the lotion (no medication just the CeraVe) and the next day it as 50% gone!!! And by the end of the week it was completely gone and stayed controlled for long periods of time. Here’s what I learned about eczema from the book I read from the specialist. 1. eczema is an inability to hold moisture in the skin therefore you need to trap the moisture in after a shower, this creme does that. 2. Don’t take too long or too hot showers, it leads to a greater drying out of the skin . also limit the amount of showers/baths as much as possible. and 3. Try to wear breathable fabric (i.e. cotton) whenever possible and use a laundry detergent free of perfumes and dyes, like, All Free and Clear, or Arm&Hammer free of perfumes and dyes (it’s cheaper so I use this one). Hope that helps someone=) CeraVe, you can buy it almost anywhere, check it out,! Seriously, this little piece of knowledge I picked up has ended up helping several of my family and friends and has worked for them every time!! No joke! =-)

    • says

      I am going to look into this, but I agree about the CeraVe. My 13yo still suffers with this terribly and she found a website suggesting the CeraVe. We picked some up at Target and as long as she’s using regularly it it makes a huge difference in the dryness and eczema breakouts in her skin!

      • Kate M. says

        I’ve suffered from eczema for 35 years and tried every lotion on the market throughout the years. CeraVe is the only lotion that I’ve found that works for me. Cetaphil works for my nephew. These are the only two brands that I know of that help with eczema. As many others have noted in their comments, dairy seems to exacerbate symptoms. It did for me until I was 18 or 19. I’ve never heard of gluten being an issue from any of the doctors I’ve seen through the years or from anyone else that I know that also has eczema. As S.F. recommended, keep your skin hydrated and stay away from perfumes in detergents. I also recommended taking fish oil and drinking lots of water.

  20. Katie says

    Unfortunately there is no medical cure for eczema.
    Eczema starts with the gut. Google GAPS diet.
    I have been on a voyage to cure my son. We’ve tried sooooo many creams and oils.
    I’ve finally started to see it lift!
    He is 2 and drs and allergy specialists said he would grow out of it by the time he was 6-8 years old….. I can’t let him sit and suffer for another at least 4 years.
    You need to fix the gut flora first.

  21. Sue says

    My granddaughter suffers with eczema, my daughter in law researched and found she had food dye issues. She can not have tomatoes, some fruits, and mostly paprika which put in a lot of foods for color. So we watch what she eats and are able to control portions and she stays mostly clear.

  22. says

    I saw this on Pinterest today and just had to click over and see what the “latest” thing that someone says has worked..This is going to be a LONG comment, but it will be worth it if you or your children are suffering..I had eczema A LOT as a child – all over my legs and elbow creases. They told me I was allergic to my animals, but it would go away during the summer and then return in the fall, I do believe it to be some type of allergy or deficiency, but never could figure out if I was just allergic to winter, because each year around Thanksgiving is when it would flare up…I am now in my 40’s and still suffered until I became vegan 5 years ago, when it disappeared COMPLETELY. I still get bouts of psoriasis on my scalp, but it does not bother me like the eczema did. I am sure you are thinking that is great and all for you, but I am not giving up on my dairy and I love me some steak. LOL. Well, to each his own, but keep reading, because it starts to get interesting….Well, it just so happens that my 13 yo daughter started getting signs of it on her neck about 2 months ago. I began my research all over again, and most of what I read was that it was probably triggered by puberty. She was NOT excited to hear about the P word..but nonetheless, there it was. It slowly creeped onto her face and covered the upper part of her eyes and eyebrows and her upper lip, and almost completely covered her neck. She is vegetarian, but does not drink milk either. So, I was really at a loss for why she was getting this. I am not one to run my kid to the doctor as I can usually cure things with most of my home remedies and I kept asking her if she wanted to see a doctor and she refused. Taking a teenager to the doctor when they don’t want to go, is not fun, believe me…they won’t say a word. So, I tried all my home remedies, essential oils, herbal teas, facials and even went to the health food store and picked up a little bottle that claims to cure psoriasis and eczema, so like everything else, we tried it. And like everything before, the first few days it seemed to be working, but then would stop working and start itching again. She tried apple cider vinegar for the itch, which worked only temporarily. She was drinking a cinnamon tea that was designed to help with healthy skin and you could tell on the days she forgot to drink it as the patches would be much more red. So, my search continued. I then talked to the manager at the Natural Grocers, about it. The first thing he recommended was getting off dairy – already done. Stop eating eggs – already done. Then he recommended the tea – already done. So finally he said get her on a Probiotic. So we went home and started “Nutritional Now PB8″ vegetarian formula. Within 48hrs you could see it getting lighter, which we were used to, but then each day it got even lighter and the dryness started to fade as well. She only takes one a day and has been going for about 2 weeks now and her top lip is back to normal. Her eyes are no longer red, but still have a few very small dry patches. Her neck has cleared up completely on one side and the other side is no longer red and the patches that are left are half the size they were before starting the probiotic. I started taking it when I saw that she was clearing up significantly and I noticed that my psoriasis has gone away as well. So before you take slather more creams, gels, steroids and such, try a probiotic. It might just work!! Good Luck!

  23. Jenni says

    I lived with this for over 25 years. Tried many things to try and fix this with little success until I had a skin allergy test. This showed I was very sensitive to sugars – lactose sucrose fructose – to varying degrees. I am now 58 and so thankful for that test as I’ve had the rash under control ever since. No more scratching or bleeding.

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