Our Skin Issues
I have sensitive skin. I also have chronic hives, so my skin is often itchy. Scratching my skin leads quickly to itchy welts, a combination of eczema and hives. When I get a rash, I put hydrocortisone cream on it, followed by Aquaphor Healing Ointment.
Grace’s skin is exceptionally sensitive. When she was just six months old, she was diagnosed with eczema, and sheâ€™s seen a pediatric dermatologist since. Despite our best efforts, she has, over the years, had many flare-ups requiring treatment. Our first intervention when a red spot shows up? Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Most of the time, it reverses the irritation, preventing her from needing further treatment with steroids.
Baby Allie appears to have inherited the same issues; she had an eczema flare up on her face during her fourth week of life. I couldn’t believe it. There it was, covering her left cheek. An ugly, raised, flaky eczema rash. Guess what I put on it. Aquaphor Healing Ointment.
When Grace’s pediatric dermatologist recommended Aquaphor, we bought lots. We have a tube (or three) in almost every room in our house, waiting for any itchy moment.
Once we realized how helpful Aquaphor Healing Ointment was for Grace’s eczema, we started using it for diaper rashes, too. It quickly became our go-to solution for all of our skin troubles, even cuts and scrapes and chapped lips.
Because I’m using cloth diapers (and changing them very often), Allie has had only one diaper rash in her entire life. One in 94 days. Guess what I put on it.
This game is no fun. There is only one answer.
We Love Aquaphor
Obviously, when the opportunity to review Aquaphor on my blog presented itself, I jumped. I prefer to review products I have used and loved in my everyday life, apart from my blog. Aquaphor Healing Ointment isn’t a product I tried out because I was asked to. This is a product I’m writing about because I use it every day.
I received a box of Aquaphor products to facilitate my review. The Healing Lotion was in there, along with 2 mini-sized tubes. I didn’t realize it came in mini tubes; I’ve been carting around a regular-sized tube in my diaper bag. I was happy to get the littler ones; they’ll take up a lot less space in my bag.
The other thing in my box of goodies was Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo.
Grace has only ever been able to use Dove Unscented Sensitive Skin Bar Soap; it was recommended by the dermatologist. We’ve never really looked in to other soaps or washes, and we use a wee bit of conditioner only in her fine, dry hair.
Allie came home from the hospital with a couple sample-sized bottles of baby wash, and we’ve been using them her whole life. Since she got a couple more during her second hospital stay, we haven’t had to purchase any baby soap at all.
As I said above, Allie has had some issues with eczema on her face that I blamed on her formula (eczema is often associated with food or environmental sensitivities). She’s also had some trouble with cradle cap and patches of excessively dry skin, but Grace did, too, so I attributed those to normal baby skin.
Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo
I was curious about the Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo. Like the ointment, it is dye-free and fragrance-free. It’s also soap-free and tear-free and enriched with chamomile and vitamin B5.
I decided to try it in the girls’ baths. In my family, that’s living on the edge, but I trust the Aquaphor brand.
The first thing I noticed was that it really has no scent. None. Not even a little whisper of something. I also noticed that it lathers up nicely, forming bubbles. It is very, very different from my free samples and from our bar soap.
I washed Allie’s body and hair with the Aquaphor Wash, but only Grace’s body. As always, Allie gets a relatively quick bath (under 10 minutes, with very little time to sit and soak), and Grace gets about 15 minutes to soak and play before the washing begins (per her dermatologist’s instructions).
Grace’s skin was fine after the bath. She didn’t have any reaction to the new soap. That’s kind of a big deal for her.
Even more impressive, though, was that Allie’s cradle cap – a constant in her hair and eyebrows for at least the last 2 months – was almost all gone. Her skin looks nice all over, no dry patches or weird spots.
After two baths with Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo, the cradle cap is gone.
Next, I’m going to try out the magic elixir on my hives.
Do you use Aquaphor products?
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