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I can see I am the first person on Dooyoo to have reviewed Aveeno Bath and Shower Oil and I must admit, I am surprised. I have been receiving this Aveeno product on prescription for my daughter since she was five, so for about the last few years we have been using it regularly. I say 'we' when in actual fact it's prescribed for Sarah, I have also used it myself on many occasions and I can see why our doctor prescribed it for her eczema.
My daughter has always suffered from very bad eczema, ever since she was a baby. I was told it was 'just baby eczema' and that she would grow out of it, it had a seven-year life span, and all of that, but unfortunately, as she grew older the eczema grew worse. The itch scratch cycle was awful to see and she was covered in cuts and scratched where she had literally scratched herself to bits during her sleep. It was relentless, it really was, and as a mother I felt really helpless and felt that nothing we used did any good whatsoever.
We had been referred to the dermatology department of our local hospital and they performed allergy tests, but nothing concrete showed up so we were prescribed the usual stuff - Oilatum, E45 Cream and another large tub of aqueous cream whose names escapes me right now. Nothing did any good at all and we felt so sorry for Sarah as the eczema developed into impetigo and she was put onto a course of strong antibiotics as it became badly infected.
Then one day we had a locum doctor at our surgery and she prescribed a range of products from Aveeno, including Aveeno Cream, Aveeno Lotion and also the Aveeno Oil. We came back from the chemist that day absolutely loaded with Aveeno products and I must admit I was skeptical about using anything else by this stage, as we were so used finding that nothing we used ever did our daughter any good.
What I am gong to tell you now might sound like a mother's complete over-exaggeration but honestly and truly this is what happened. We gave Sarah a bath that very night and used the Aveeno Oil for the first time. We kept the water tepid, as the GP had told us and squirted the Aveeno (just a tiny bit) into her bath water. It immediately made the water look a strange sort of opaque milky colour and it had no real smell that I was able to detect. I know some people comment that the dislike the smell of Aveeno Oil but really all I can describe it is as an 'oaty' smell. It's neither nice nor unpleasant - it just smells a bit. The smell was unimportant to me however - all I wanted was for Sarah to have some relief from her horrible itch/scratch/bleed cycle.
We added about two tablespoons to her bathwater (30ml) and gently massaged it onto her skin. It felt oily and slippery and Sarah made no complaint that it was hurting her skin, like she normally would, once water touched her scars and sore blistered areas. I could tell immediately that she found it both soothing and refreshing.
We bathed her in Aveeno every night for no more than five minutes and then gently patted her skin dry once she was out of the bath. From the second night onwards we noticed a huge improvement in her skin. She was much less irritated, less sore and less itchy. There was no need for Sarah to tell us that she was feeling less itchy - we could literally see it before our own eyes. It was a wonderful feeling.
This oil is a lot different to use than what you might expect. It does not lather like ordinary shower oils or bath oils. Instead it leaves an almost invisible oily film over the skin which just seems to be absorbed into the upper layers of the skin and its like it 'feeds' the skin the oils and moisture it so desperately lacks. We used the Aveeno Oils and cream that had also been prescribed and from that day to this we continue to use Aveeno Bath and Shower Oil on Sarah. Now we don't have to use it all the time as her skin is dramatically improved, but if I ever suspect another outbreak then it's back out with the Aveeno Oil again.
I have used it on myself too, umpteen times. Last time I used it was when I developed a rather unpleasant outbreak of hives. I used this for two nights and I could immediately feel the oatmeal relieving my itchiness and soothing my skin. The relief is instantaneous. I am really passionate about this product because it's really been a lifesaver as far as our daughter's skin has been concerned.
I have always got bottle sin the cupboard and whilst it is prescribed for Sarah I often use it myself (as does her dad) just to soothe the skin. It's great if you have been on holiday and overdone the sunshine and need something too both cool and refresh the skin. It won't give you a bath full of bubbles, but it will give you much improved and smoother more hydrated skin.
I don't consider this to be a beauty product as such, to me it is much more a medical product and I am so relieved that the locum doctor prescribed it for us, I really am. We get it for free as Sarah is under 16 but if you were to buy it then it doesn't come cheap, as I notice Boots sell the 250ml bottles for £8.49. If you do have a nasty skin problem however, then I cannot recommend this product highly enough. It's wonderful.
Aveeno Oil, bath & shower oil; with Collodial Oatmeal and softening Oils, thoroughly cleanses, moisturises, and conditions dry and sensitive skin / May be used in the bath or shower.