Eczema is the most common skin condition out there. Usually resulting in red, angry, dry, cracked and itchy skin. Commonly seen in babies and toddlers. It is a chronic condition but it can improve and sometimes even clear up altogether as children get older.

NHS.UK state “eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body.

Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children.”

Our first daughter has mild eczema on the insides of her elbows, which only really flare in the summer. However, unfortunately, our second daughter has suffered terribly since day 1, she is currently 28 months old and is now under a dermatologist. Thankfully, she is now able to tell us when she is “itchy and sore”, we do try to teach her not to scratch but to rub the itch instead.

For us, we think it’s her allergies that are causing her flare-ups of eczema, which we do try to avoid but she is still undergoing many tests to find out what exact allergies she has. Eczema has many triggers, like – Chemicals, water, irritants, sun, dry air, allergies and intolerances, sweat and skin infections. Finding your trigger isn’t easy.

We have trialed many prescription creams, steroid-based creams, shop brought creams, emollients, oils, etc. We have even thought about trying Manuka honey.

I have to say though that the best cream so far that we have tried is Cetraben. Cetraben is unique and has balanced formulations to help to treat dry and eczema-prone skin.

Cetraben cream and lotion both contain:

  • Light Liquid Paraffin – replaces lost skin oils
  • White Soft Paraffin – forms a protective barrier on the skin surface  
  • Glycerin – brings moisture up from deep down in the skin

The exact balance of these three simple ingredients, working in harmony with the skin, is the secret that makes Cetraben so popular.

Suitable for sufferers of all ages, Cetraben helps to relieve discomfort, reduces the itch and the need to scratch it. Convenient to use, Cetraben’s airless pump dispensers allow for easy and accurately measured applications throughout the day.

Cetraben is not tested on animals and does not contain any ingredients derived from animals.” taken from Cetraben

So how does Cetraben work?

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We apply liberally three times a day, to keep her skin soft and supple. After the first day of using it, I could already tell there was a significant change. she didn’t feel like sandpaper anymore, she had soft baby skin like she was supposed to. She still itched, but we control that through medication when its bad. Now, when she itches, her skin isn’t dry and cracked so she doesn’t break the skin as much and leave blood on the bedsheet and on her clothes. It really is a miracle cream. We do use a steroid cream when she gets a really nasty patch, but that is quite rare these days.

The cream absorbs super fast even when applying in liberal amounts, and is fragrance-free. It has a rich, velvety feel. The pump-action bottle is great too, make it easy to use when you have cream, covered hands. Honestly, I can not find anything negative about this cream.

Having a good, regular routine is definitely key to getting eczema under control, and for us, we know if we have missed a day of creaming because she starts to itch even more, and she begins to feel dry and flaky again. We cream her three times a day – morning, lunchtime and before bed. At first, it was a mission. It was hard. Sometimes, she still likes to have a whinge, she isn’t keen on the cold, wet, slimy sensation of when the cream is applied. I think she knows it helps though because she says “no sore now”. We make it enjoyable, and we sing songs whilst massaging it all in. As a parent, it is so important to stay positive and calm. Be a positive role model.

Highly recommend, thank you Cetraben.

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