I talk a lot about my family’s sensitive skin. The reason is because it’s something I deal with on a daily basis. I’m always spot checking my baby to see if she has any flare-ups. I run my hands over her legs to see if the patches have gotten smaller or larger. It’s a pretty stressful process, which is why I was excited to test out Exederm. First thing you must know is that I don’t test out many products on my baby. Testing them on my 5-year-old is usually easier than my baby because she’s grown out of most of her sensitivities. We still have issues with laundry detergents, but her body doesn’t break out in bumps with lotions, soaps and shampoos like it used to. This was an item that I was willing to test on the baby though. As you’ve heard me say before, she does get eczema flares and it will show up on her cheeks, arms, torso and legs. Pretty much, her whole body. But her cheeks are what we see the most since the rest is covered with clothes.
I think one of the first things that struck me was that Exederm has the National Eczema Association’s ‘Seal of Acceptance’ award. In fact, it scored a 5/5 from their review panel. This was a pretty big deal to me. I was given their Eczema Shampoo and Flare Control Cream to test out. One major thing that you need to understand about this brand is that not all of the items focus on healing the irritation. But they focus on not triggering flares to begin with. Huge difference. You can find products to heal the flares, but what’s important is not having something to heal in the first place. The shampoo is exactly that. Most shampoos contain ingredients that irritate sensitive skin and scalp. For those of us with eczema or seborrheic dermatitis, we know that just a little bit of product on our skin with irritants can cause a major skin rash or allergic reaction. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and CAPB (Cocamidopropyl Betaine) are two of the worst offenders and are known to show skin irritations. If you have sensitive skin, please avoid these. Exederm’s shampoo is free of these chemicals and is extremely gentle on the skin. In this item you will not find ingredients to heal skin irritations, but you will find that it’s gentle and will never cause reactions. To me, this is important. It lathers and washes my baby extremely well.
Exederm’s Flare Control Cream is a life saver for me though. This cream is the only paraben-free hydrocortisone cream available in the United States. It’s also the only hydrocortisone product to receive the National Eczema Associations seal with a 5 out of 5 score. Please make sure you are always reading the labels of hydrocortisone creams because they are not all created equal and can be extremely harsh on skin. Please note that most of these items are never to be applied to the face. Our skin on our face is extremely sensitive and hydrocortisone can cause sensitivity and thinning of the skin on the face. I spoke with my pediatrician and was told that with my daughter’s eczema that it was ok to use 1% hydrocortisone once a week on her face during flares. This is a small window for me to use something that I know will work. I can honestly tell you that when her cheeks are red and splotchy, I put the Flare Control Cream on her and by the next morning, it’s almost gone entirely. Usually by that night I can see no visual signs that she ever even had a flare at all. This is HUGE for me. I love this line so much, I went out and purchased the Cleansing Baby Bath and lotion for my daughter to use as well. I found it on the shelves of my local Walgreens, so that made it easy to pick up.
If you have kids who suffer like my kids, please consider trying this entire line. Even if they don’t have a flare right now, it’s important to use items that you know will never cause it in the first place. This way you never have to retrace your steps trying to remember what products you used on them that might’ve caused the reaction. You’ll always know that it wasn’t one of these and can look at your detergents or foods the might’ve eaten. Head over to Exederm‘s site to read more about their line and to see all of the products they have.
special thanks for products provided in order to conduct this review