A young mother has revealed how in just four months, using a drugstore cream, she cured a surprisingly common skin condition that left her face feeling ‘on fire’.
Angela Simson, 32, went through a devastating breakup with her husband in 2018 when the skin around her mouth erupted in a painful rash known as dermatitis.
The painful sores around Mrs. Simson’s mouth, chin and nose made her extremely self-conscious and afraid to go out in public.
Mrs. Simson tried steroid creams and prescribed antibiotics to try to cure the rash, but it only gave her short-term relief, so she turned to a $13.50 natural diaper balm produced by MooGoo.
She explained that this was the only thing that stopped the swelling and irritation.
Later, she took a more targeted approach by using the brand’s Eczema and Psoriasis Cream and Natural Soothing MSM Moisturizer ($16.99), which cleared up her dermatitis completely in 12 weeks.
Ms. Simson said she managed to resolve the issue of skin irritation and redness within four months of switching to a $13.50 cream
Angela Simson, 32, went through a divorce from her husband in late 2018 when her face erupted in dermatitis to the point that it felt like her face was on fire
Health worker Cherie Alexander, 39, has such severe eczema on her right hand that she sometimes could barely work or shower and had to wear gloves
Cherie Alexander, a 39-year-old health professional, had such severe eczema on her right hand that she could barely work or shower, even having to wear plastic gloves to wash her hair before trying the $17 “miracle” cream.
“My eczema was so bad I would be in tears in the shower. I was in constant pain,” said Mrs. Alexander.
‘Often my fingers or hands split, it seemed as if I had cut myself.
“Cortisone cream was the only thing that helped, but even after not using it for a day or two, the pus blisters and sores would come back — I didn’t want to keep using these heavy creams, but it was a never-ending bike.”
Angela first started using the $13.50 natural diaper balm that stopped the swelling and irritation, and later turned to the eczema and psoriasis cream to help her dermatitis.
TIPS FOR TREATMENT OF DERMATITIS:
– Keep fingernails short to avoid scratching the skin and wear cotton mitts or gloves at night
– Wear 100% cotton or soft fabrics – avoid rough, scratchy fibers and tight clothing
– Take lukewarm baths and showers
– Use hypoallergenic products and avoid perfumed products
– Pat gently, do not rub, skin dry with a soft towel
– Apply a moisturizer within three minutes of bathing to lock in moisture
– Avoid rapid temperature changes and activities that make you sweat
– Use washing powders and detergents for sensitive skin
– Reduce daily stress
– Learn your eczema triggers and how to avoid them
– Develop and maintain a daily skin routine
The University of Melbourne found that a third of Australians suffer from dermatitis.
MooGoo CEO Melody Livingstone said she has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people with skin problems, especially during the Covid pandemic.
Ms Livingstone said: ’50 years ago only one in ten Australian children suffered from it.
“It can develop for a number of reasons, including climate, lifestyle, hygiene and genetics, and can easily become infected, causing pain, inflammation and lack of sleep, and research shows the number of cases is increasing worldwide, but we don’t know I don’t know why.’
Ms Livingstone said sales have surged over the past 18 months as a result of Covid safe hand washing practices.
“In Australia, we have seen an increase in people contacting us for skin care advice as Covid-19 and its effects have wreaked havoc on people with skin problems, and the constant hand washing and use of hand sanitizer has flared up dermatitis, ‘ she said.
Melody Livingstone, CEO of MooGoo, said there is little understanding of how to manage dermatitis, and that education and symptom management are crucial
While many people develop eczema as children and carry it into adulthood, there are also cases where people spontaneously develop eczema as adults.
Ms Livingstone said: ‘It can take a huge toll on families, with research showing that the impact of moderate and severe dermatitis on families is significantly greater than the impact of diabetes on families.’
Although dermatitis is more common, Ms Livingstone said there is still surprisingly little understanding of how to manage the skin condition, nor is there a proven cure.
She adds that education and symptom control are crucial.
“The importance of maintaining good gut flora emerges as a link,” said Ms Livingstone.
“Trying to rest as much as possible and keep the skin cool, hydrated and hydrated is important, as is avoiding known allergens.”