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Member Name: miffy1
Advantages: Really effective soap substitute for people with dry skin conditions.
Disadvantages: Price varies.
I have suffered from eczema virtually all my life though it was at it's worst through my teenage years.
Eczema is a skin condition that causes dry sore patches of skin, which itch like mad and sometimes causes the skin to blister and when these blisters break, the fluid leaks out, causing characteristic weeping and oozing. When the fluid dries, it produces a thin crust. It is very difficult to live with at times and you need to really look after your skin in order to treat it effectively.
One of the things people with eczema must avoid is soap, as even the mildest types of soap, such as Simple, will dry the skin out and degrease it, which will make the eczema much worse.
I was about 21 when my doctor sent me to a London hospital to seek further advice about my eczema. The doctor I saw told me to use something called emulsifying ointment instead of soap, and I have used it ever since, to great effect!
Emulsifying ointment is made from a mixture of paraffin oils. It is a greasy moisturiser that provides a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. It is very effective as a soap substitute and prevents the skin from losing oils when you wash.
Emulsifying ointment isn't all that attractive to look at. It looks a bit like a tub of lard and has no perfume. It is sold in 500g plastic tubs and I find it lasts quite a long time. I use it every day in the shower and whenever I wash my hands. It is available without prescription from most chemists.
All you do to use it is scoop out a small amount and rub it on your skin under the warm water (if you are showering) and it dissolves into a smooth sort of balm. A little goes a long way! You can feel your skin becoming soft and moisturised as you wash. Rinse it all off and dry gently with a soft towel. If you are in the shower or bath, be careful not to slip, as it does leave the surface of these quite slippery.
Be careful not to get any in your hair too, as it is very greasy.
Since using emulsifying ointment the eczema on my body has all but gone. I was covered when I first started using it, but I just have a few small patches now. I make sure I never use any perfumed soaps or bubble baths and I always wash my clothes in unperfumed washing products.
I think it's so important to look after your skin. I don't know whether to attribute to emulsifying ointment the fact that at 51 I have no wrinkles on my face and lovely smooth skin, but I'm sure there must be a link there somewhere! All I know is that it helped me, so if you have eczema, then give this stuff a try.
The price of 500g tubs varies. I bought one from Asda pharmacy the other month and they charged me over £5! My local small chemist sells it for £2.99, so do shop around. I think it is readily available at online chemists as well.
Emulsifying ointment worked for me, so I really hope it works for you too!
Summary: Really worked for me and I now have soft skin again.
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