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Old 03-08-2010, 07:31 PM   #21
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Re: What do you use for really dry itchy sensitive skin?

Another for coconut oil. It is about the only thing that has helped her with her REALLY bad eczema. Sometimes I do have to use a steroid, but in general, coconut oil works wonders!

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Old 03-08-2010, 08:02 PM   #22
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Re: What do you use for really dry itchy sensitive skin?

MY DS has eczema due to food and enviroment allergies. We have used steroid creams, coconut oil, cetaphil, vanicream and the only thing that has work well for him is CJ's BUTTer. We call it are little miracle in a bottle. When he as a flare up we use it three times a day and it normally clears up in a few days. We use it on him once a day daily when no flare ups. My DH has Psoriasis and also using it twice a day with great results!!!

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:40 PM   #23
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Re: What do you use for really dry itchy sensitive skin?

It's just a guess, OP, but that doesn't sound like real ezcema. It sounds like dermatitis. I'm another to ask what kind of shampoo/body wash you are using on her?

The LAST thing I'd recommend is Aveeno brand anything. I really don't know how people are missing all the chemicals and junk in their stuff. It's almost as bad as J&J.

Anyway, rant over. There's a chemical in many shampoos/body washes called quaternium-10 or quaternium-15 or some other variation of "quaternium" followed by a number. Several of them, including 10 and 15, can react with other chemicals in the product and create a natural formaldehyde. Although it's naturally occuring, we all know that formaldehyde is bad, and it's particularly bad on sensitive skins like your kids' and mine. It can cause dermatitis, but it's often misdiagnosed as eczema. I actually did a blog post on it a few weeks ago.

My youngest broke out terribly in something like you mentioned, and I thought it was eczema, too. Then I found out about polyquaternium and I checked his Aveeno baby wash bottle (we had gotten a free bottle) - sure enough, it was in there. We quit using it and the rashes went away. He still has real eczema, but it's just a little spot here and there.

We use either Shikai's dry skin lotion (super expensive, but we got it free, too.) or I've found that Gold Bond's soothing lotion with chamomile actually works on both boys, and they are both sensitive to perfumes and fragrances. I've heard good things about coconut oil, but we use jojoba oil on occasion (when they are moist from baths) with excellent results, too.
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Re: What do you use for really dry itchy sensitive skin?

CJ's BUTTer? I'm seriously believing in that stuff....and I haven't even tried it yet.
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