3 Products That Helped Me Beat Eczema Overnight

March 23, 2016

Just a week ago, my facial eczema started showing up again and I cannot help but to feel sad and ugly. Really ugly...

My usual go-to medicine for my eczema is just Dove original white soap and a really heavy face hydrating cream like Nivea and Olay. However, I just recently discovered that there are a few ingredients on those creams that I cannot use because of my skin type and eczema condition. My skin type can be normal - dry - and very very dry at times and I find it really difficult to bounce back when I get eczema and breakouts.

Finally, with the help of my beauty blogger friend, Cj of From Manila With Love, I was able to find the perfect products that will help me beat my eczema.

Before going through the products that I've been using, let me share to you this very important info that I bumped into from webmd.com

What to avoid:
  1. Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol. These products tend to dry out or irritate skin, which is a problem for people with eczema. The condition is partly caused by a weak skin barrier, which lets irritating chemicals get into skin more easily, and lets more water evaporate. So it’s best to avoid products that make that problem worse.
  2. Preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben. They help keep cosmetics and skin care products from going bad or growing bacteria, but they can also lead to inflammation. Try using products with natural preservatives like neem oil or grapefruit seed extract when you can -- they're less irritating.
  3. Fragrances. No matter how soft and subtle a scent may be, ingredients that give fragrance to makeup and lotion can trigger eczema flare-ups. Your safest bet? Pick cosmetics that are made for sensitive skin (it will say so on the package). Look for those that say “fragrance-free” rather than “unscented” on the label. Natural or organic products are also usually free of perfumes, but read their labels to make sure.

What to look for:

  1. Shea butter, glycerin, and lanolin. These moisturizing ingredients repair your skin and help it look healthier. Look for skin care products that list one of these first, second, or third on the ingredients list.
  2. Hyaluronic acid. It helps draw moisture from the air to your skin. Smooth on cream with hyaluronic acid for an extra boost of moisture and to ease flaky, dry skin.
  3. Niacinamide. If red patches show through no matter how many layers of makeup you pile on, try a serum or cream that has this compound, also called vitamin B3. It can reduce redness from eczema by strengthening your skin’s natural barrier. Apply niacinamide cream first, then put on cosmetics.

Wellspring of Morocco 100% Pure Organic and Cold Pressed P800.00 at WM PH
Alba Botanica Even Advanced Sea Mineral Cleansing Gel P320.00 at Healthy Options
Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Hydrating Toner P280.00 at Beauty MNL

My personal reco and take on this is try to slowly switch to organic products. They are hypoallergenic and free from harsh chemicals.

I've been using Wellspring of Morocco Argan Oil for about a year now simply because 1. It's a family business and 2. It's just the perfect oil to give my face the hydration and other benefits from Argan Oil that my skin needs.

What to love:
  • Absorbed by the skin in 3-5 seconds after application
  • Affordable, 10ml P280.00 30ml P800.00 (exclusive of shipping fee)
  • No strong smell
  • Easy to spread on face
  • I use this as my cleansing oil / makeup remover too
  • Perfect moisturizer
  • Portable
What to hate:
  • Packaging. Sometime, it's a bit difficult to get the oil because there is no dropper. I also experienced some spillage on my bag when the opening is too big.
When to apply:
  • Before bedtime, the last thing I put on my face after toner
  • As primer, before I put on make-up

I recently bought this toner after Cj of From Manila With Love recommended it to me just 3 days ago. This is honestly the first time that I used toners because I am afraid of putting in too much product with alcohol in it. 

Info below from Beauty MNL:

CLAIM TO FAME: A moisturizing toner to help balance dull skin
FAST FACTS: Hydrates, conditions, and refines with kombucha; evens out skin tone and texture by targeting brown spots and other signs of discoloration with vitamin C; primes skin for the next beauty step
PERFECT FOR: Removing any remaining traces of dirt and impurities after washing

What to love:
  • Scent. I love lavender so much so this is a plus point for me.
  • No stinging sensation when put on face
  • Face feels refreshed
  • No tight feeling 

What to hate:
  • Price. It's currently on sale at Beauty MNL for just P280.00. Regular price is P3390.00. It's a bit pricey for me for a toner, But heck! Gotta invest if you want great looking skin!
When to apply:
  • Before bedtime, after cleansing and before your night cream / oil.

I just got the cleansing gel yesterday at Healthy Options and I stayed there sitting on their floor for about an hour trying to Google everything before I finally decided to buy it. Thank, God I did!

Info below from their website:

  • Powerful Marine Complex stimulates cell regeneration for a more balanced, uniform, even complexion
  • Frothy cleanser freshens and brightens skin
  • 100% vegetarian ingredients
  • No animal testing
  • NO: parabens, phthalates, or synthetic fragrances
  • Lather away the daily grime with this frothy cleanser that freshens and brightens your complexion
  • Naturally powerful marine complex, rich in sea minerals, stimulates cell regeneration
  • Washes away dulling impurities and gives a more even skin tone
  • 100% vegetarian, not tested on animals
  • All natural with no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or artificial colors
What to love:
  • Gel type. Experts says that people who suffers from eczema should use gel type cleansers as it give the skin fresh and cool feeling. 
  • Sulit. You'll only need pea size to cleanse your face.
  • Doesn't leave your skin tight after cleansing
  • You'll immediately feel your skin supple and hydrated.
What to hate:
  • Scent. It smells like a man's perfume and It is just too strong for me. The good thing is, the smell also comes off when you rinse.
When to apply:
  • Before bedtime, after you pre-cleanse (if you do)
  • Morning, before putting in make-up

Overall review:
I super duper love the combination of these products to fight my eczema. I used them altogether last night and my facial eczema now is almost gone and unnoticeable. The redness is gone, the flaky skin is gone, swelling of the area is almost gone. 

Hope this helps!
If you have any questions about the products I used, feel free to leave your comments below or follow me on Instagram (@rookiemommyph). I reply there faster. Teehee!

Rookie Mommy PH - Switching to organic beauty products.

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