Hello everyone! For the last 2 months I’ve been dealing with an awful skin flare-up, thanks to my eczema. This was not limited to just eczema on my eyelids but, around my lips and down my neck. My skin was red, flaky, itchy and nothing was soothing the beast, and to make matters worse I suffer from symptomatic dermographism. This is a fancy term which means my skin can react from light pressure, rubbing, heat or stress which produces burning and itchy welts. Combine this auto immune disorder with eczema and it makes my flare-ups worse and prolongs it.
So, how do I deal with my irritated eczema skin? There is the usual prescriptions steroid creams combined with a hydrocortisone cream. This does help but, it dries out my skin further and that’s not a comforting feeling as steroid creams can thin out your skin overtime. For daily management I’ve learned what ‘triggers’ to avoid that can relate to flare-up. This included avoiding hot showers, stress, acidic foods and anything I’m allergic too. I also take an antihistamine before bed and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Eczema in some cases be a reaction to certain food allergens, this was the case for my gluten intolerance. I noticed a massive reduction in flare-ups when I stopped eating gluten about 7 years ago. This is not something I suggest unless a doctor has advised you too avoid certain foods.
Now onto the reason why you’re here, what actually gave me my skin back. The brand is called EAU THERMALE AVÈNE and it’s designed for individuals who have sensitive skin, dehydrated skin, eczema and roscsia. I’m not going into their back story, but here is a break down of the products I’ve used:
After I remove my makeup with micellar water, I use the Eau Thermale Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser. You can use the cleanser to remove makeup and you don’t need to rinse it with water. The cleanser is soothing, hydrating and calming so it won’t further irritate skin.
Next I apply the XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cream to my face and neck. This cream is quick absorbing, not greasy and soothing irritated skin. There is also a balm and cleansing oil in the XeraClam A.D. Lipid-Replenshing line, among many other products. Here is more about this product directly from the site:
A biotechnological innovation developed by Pierre Fabre Laboratories after 12 years of research, reduces itching sensations due to dry skin, soothes redness/irritations due to skin hyperreactivity, allows skin to protect itself once again CER-OMEGA: repairs/nourishes the skin and strengthens the protective hydrolipidic film Avène Thermal Spring Water: Soothes, reduces sensations of discomfort, and softens the skin. Skin is soothed, nourished and comfortable. It is no longer “itchy”. – Eau Thermale Avene
Like it the brand states, it did reduced my itching and within two weeks my skin started to rebuild the moisture barrier. I’ve noticed a massive reduction in flare-ups around my neck, lips and nose. My eczema around my eyelids has calmed down, I don’t wake up with swollen and puffy lids. It’s 60% better then what it was, and the eye contour cream helps to settle it.
The last step I apply is the Soothing Eye Contour Cream around my eyes, over my eyelids and under the brow bone. It’s formulated without fragrance, hydrating and calming. I have noticed the lines cause by flare-ups around the inner corner have significantly decreased. Remember to be very gentle because your skin is very thin and delicate around the eye area, avoid getting the product in the eye.
I recommend always speaking to your doctor or a dermatologist before testing out anything if you suffer from a skin condition or have sensitive skin. Always do your research and don’t expect a miracle overnight, your skin needs time to repair and heal.
I’ve used products from this brand over the last few years, especially when my skin freaks out. I usually switch up my skin care in the colder months, but return to using Avene products when the seasons change. Allergies, stress and seasonal change are usually my biggest triggers when it comes to my eczema flare-ups.
I hope this post helps you if you’ve been suffering from stressed out, sensitive skin. If you’d like more reviews, tips and post about skincare let me know in the comments below. Have you tried products from the Avene line and did they help calm your skin?