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Doublebase has become a staple part of our daily routine since Little B developed eczema. Over the last four years we have really struggled to get our little girl's skin condition under control. There are days when we think we have finally got on top of it but then it will flare up again. We have found that by using emollients on a daily basis despite whether or not she has had a flare up is the only way to keep eczema at bay.
Little B's eczema is always worse if it's hot and we have to put sun cream on her, it seems to irritate her skin or if she has a cold it will flare up again. Eczema is dry skin which is very itchy and becomes sore. It is particularly bad on little B's elbows and the back of her knees. Sometimes we can predict when it will flare up like if she has a cold or we've put sun cream on her but at other times it seems to come out of nowhere. After various trips to the doctors we have finally found a regime which helps to keep the condition at bay as best as possible.
We use double base gel and double base shower gel to help keep her skin hydrated. This shower gel can be bought in the chemist but you can even buy it on Amazon for about £9.50. The active ingredients in it are: Isopropyl myristate 15%, liquid paraffin 15%. It shouldn't react with other creams but it is always best to check with your pharmacist if you are using other creams too.
You can use this before a shower, during or after. We use this as a shower gel and so use it whilst Little B is in the shower. It is advised that you use this as the last product to put on your skin, we just use it as the only one. We make sure Little B is all wet in the bath or shower and then lather some of this up in our hands and apply it to her skin. It foams up quite nicely but isn't as bubbly as normal shower gels. It doesn't have a particular smell either which is good I suppose as there is nothing to fall out about.
We find that this is quite greasy and it sticks on your hands a bit. It also makes the shower tray or the bath a little greasy which can make it slippery so we always take extra care after we have used this and make sure Little B is never left unattended in the bath as she could easily slip. Once we take her out of the bath/shower we pat her dry carefully so that we aren't rubbing the cream off or irritating her skin. We find that this is the most effective.
This regime we tend to do once a day and it helps to keep her skin hydrated. We have noticed that since we have been doing this regime her skin is much softer and the eczema flare ups are much less frequent and if they do arise we find it easier to get on top of them too. I cannot be 100% sure that this gel is the cause of this or if it is simply that she is growing out of it but we do think that this shower gel does make a big difference.
It is expensive for a shower gel but it is worth it for helping keeping our little girl's skin in as best condition as possible and to stop her from being uncomfortable and itchy, you cannot put a price on that.
Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel is a treatment for you to use to apply to your skin during your normal showering routine.