If you are anything like me, and thousands of other parents of children with eczema, you would most likely have spent many sleepless night trawling through eczema support groups, blogs and online forums. On any of these you are bound to have found questions from desperate parents asking for recommendations of products to help their child’s current eczema flare-up or you may have been the one asking the questions.
The problem then becomes deciding whose opinion to listen to… which advise do you take? Invariably there will be multiple people offering umpteen different suggestions of what has been useful to their child.
Those who have been dealing with the condition for some time know that what helps one sufferer may not be useful to another or worse still, may cause irritation to another.
So what’s the answer? …
As a starting point, after years of dealing with eczema, and my involvement in skin care as a producer of creams, I’d suggest that you could take a look at the ingredients list to give you a hint as to the usefulness of a product’s ingredients or their potential to cause irritation.
What to look for?
Ingredients you don’t want to see…
• Food proteins. Latest research suggests that it might be better to avoid products that contain food proteins – basically food ingredients are best not applied to the skin.
• Petrochemicals. These are a set of ingredients used in almost every skincare product found in grocery stores and on pharmacy shelves. The majority of petrochemicals used today are made from petroleum. Petrochemicals are most often used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics, and sometimes to “water down” or increase the spreadability of a product. They are also sometimes used to add and disperse fragrance throughout a product. It is, very common for petroleum-derived ingredients to be irritating, sensitising and very drying on the skin.
• Fragrances. Essentially these offer no benefit to the products usefulness but may cause irritation to those with sensitive skins.
• Sulphates. These are agents that help with the foaming action of products but can be irritants to sensitive skin.
Why Happy Little Bodies is a good option for those with eczema.
• The Happy Little Bodies range is free from food proteins, petrochemicals, fragrances and sulphates.
• The Happy Little Bodies range includes speciality ingredients to help soothe and moisturise sensitive and eczema prone skin. These include:
1. Colloidal Oatmeal – soothes and comforts itchy and dry skin
2. Aloe Vera – has natural healing properties and promotes tissue repair
3. Peppermint Oil – has cooling and anti-itching properties
4. Calendula – has anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory properties
• The Happy Little Bodies eczema management range has been clinically tested.
Our range is available online.