Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Cetaphil Products in Treating Eczema

We have been discussing how to treat eczema. So far we recommend nannies and au pairs to try CeraVe and Eucerin products on children with the dry, red, itchy rash. Our third recommendation are Cetaphil products.

Cetaphil cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens are all great for sensitive skin. They are fragrance-free and detergent-free. We particularly like the light weight feel of their moisturizers. When our staff have replaced Johnson's products with Cetaphil products we have seen a huge improvement in our charges' eczema.



Have you used Cetaphil products for eczema?

12 comments:

Eczema in babies said...

I do think that cetaphil is a great product for eczema in babies because it is a hypoallergenic product. One important factor when caring for babies with eczema is to use mild skin products on their skin and cetaphil is one of the brands known for producing mild skin care products.

Anonymous said...

I've found all three brands you've mentioned helpful with eczema. Can't say which is best because they all have worked just fine with my charges.
Nanny Mercedes

Jackie K said...

There's a fabulous product out of Great Britian called Sudocrem. We have cousins that send it. It works for eczema, diaper rash, even acne...just a little and it clears it in about 24 hours. You can buy it on the internet...I believe it's made in Ireland. It's not cheap, but you don't need much and a tub lasts a very long time...

Courtney said...

I think of Cetaphil and these other creams as being used to prevent eczema or people with the most mild eczema. But, prescription creams and antihistamines may be needed for those who have extreme eczema. Skin that becomes infected cannot be treated with Cetaphil. If the area becomes infected by bacteria, a doctor needs to prescribe antibiotics to treat the skin too. For mild eczema you can use this product but won't help for moderate to severe skin rashes.

Jenny said...

Courtney,
Dermatologists recommend using a moisturizer in conjuction with medication to help your skin combat eczema. If you have a minor condition, it make work alone.
Nanny Jenny

Eva said...

Cetaphil is, by far, the best and gentlest cleanser I have ever used and it's especially good for those eczema. I tried various baby cleansers for my skin, but almost always broke out and itched as a result.

AuPairDebbie said...

Dear Courtney,
Now I must comment. When your skin is irritated or when you have eczema with open rashes or wounds, Cetaphil cleanses well. It's not a soap. It is fine on rashes and bleeding skin.

I have never experienced stinging or pain from passing Cetaphil over open wounds or rashes. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is made for "special skin" care and it works just fine on infected skin.

Anonymous said...

I have incredibly dry, sensitive skin. I've had eczema all of my life, and the severity of it changes depending my stress, on the weather, and on my exposure to allergens. I use a combination of three products.

I use Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Robathol Bath Oil. The Cetaphil cleans my skin without leaving it dry or irritated. Even though it is a moisturizing cleanser, it does not leave a greasy film. Instead, my skin is soft and supple. It's gentle enough to use on my face, and it didn't even irritate a serious case of road rash on my back.

At the end of my shower, I apply the Robathol and then rinse it off. Before I started using this oil, my skin would feel dry and tight as soon as I got dressed after my shower. The oil does leave a sort of coating on my skin, but it isn't slippery, and I've never had any problems with it clogging my pores.

My final skin care step is to slather on a layer of Eucerin Cream. This stuff is thick, and it takes a while to rub it in. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have very dry skin. My husband calls it "paste," and he doesn't like the way it makes his skin feel greasy. But for my skin, it is a soothing treat, especially in drier winter months. Sometimes I'll switch to Eucerin Lotion in the summer for a lighter weight moisturizer, but most of the year I rely on the cream.

I've tried using the store brand cleansing lotion and moisturizing cream, but they didn't perform nearly as well as the Cetaphil and Eucerin. I've also tried other bath oils, but after a recommendation for my dermatologist I hunted down Robathol. You can order it online easily, and it' well worth it. You don't have to spend your winters in dry, tight, itchy skin.

Heather said...

Use Cetaphil products. They are expensive but are one of the most effective lines when it comes to moisturizers for anyone with eczema. If you can, bathe them no more than every other day, use cetaphil cleanser, then use the Cetaphil lotion. Cetaphil is also available in generic at some stores, but whatever you do don't use the Walmart generic of it. If you have a Publix, Albertson's or Jewel/Osco, I would suggest getting the generic there.

Maureen said...

I find cetaphil is the best. Don't use Johnson's too harsh. I have preferred cetaphil to aveeno or other baby products and I like aquaphor for the worst patches.

Mommy Glenn said...

I tried using this product for my baby because they said it's effective and mild. Yes it works but sometimes, the eczema won't budge. So I just try aloe vera sometimes.
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