** I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.
October is National Eczema Awareness Month.
Eczema is a common affair in our family. As a child and into my teen and adult years, I suffered through countless bouts of red, blotchy, itchy, dry skin. And now, being the sharing, caring mother that I am, I’ve unfortunately passed down this very uncomfortable condition to several of my children, as well as, my grandchildren. I can remember as a child having permanent skin discoloration on the insides of my elbows and knees due to the constant scratching and digging. It was awful! Then, into adulthood, I worked in food service for many years as a waitress, and had to wear bandaids on most of my fingers to cover the ugly, raw cracks, so as not to gross out my customers.
Three of my five children suffer with eczema, as well as, asthma and allergies, which many times go hand in hand. One of my twin boys had eczema so bad as a toddler that his skin looked like leather — almost like alligator skin. The only thing I found that worked for him as a child was oatmeal baths and lots of AVEENO lotion. Now today, they have created an even better product formulation containing ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal - the AVEENO Eczema Therapy Collection.
At age 16, he still suffers from eczema at various times of the year. It affects him in the same areas as it did me – the inside of his elbows, back of his neck, and even his face. He’s not a bath person… he prefers showers, but I convinced him to soak in the tub using the AVEENO Eczema Therapy Bath Treatment, and what a difference! After doubling up with the AVEENO Moisturizing Cream, he felt like a new young man! You can see the discolored patch clearly in the first photo, and what a difference after using the AVEENO Eczema Therapy Collection for a couple weeks!
I outgrew my eczema, or so I thought. With the cooler weather approaching, I am now suffering through a flare-up, and for some reason, it only seems to be affecting my right hand this time .. strange! I work in a nursing home, and am constantly washing my hands, so I imagine all the soap and water is extremely drying and irritating to my skin. But, at any rate, I have the cuts and redness to deal with all over again. But, as you can see in the second photo, my skin is moist and clear again after using the Therapy Collection.
I personally can’t say enough about the AVEENO Eczema Therapy Collection! It WORKS! My son is no longer embarrassed by his “alligator skin,” and is happy that the product doesn’t make him smell “girly” or medicinal either. The Moisturizing Cream is thick and luxurious, and keeps your skin hydrated for hours. I love that the products are steroid-free and fragrance-free, and are also dermatologist recommended. Well worth the cost in my opinion, and gentle enough to use daily.
** Suggested retail price of $14.99, and is available for purchase on Aveeno.com and at national food, drug, and mass merchandisers. Learn more about the AVEENO Eczema Therapy Care Kit here or by liking AVEENO on Facebook.