5.29.2013

Battling eczema with Exederm skin care products!

Before my son was born, I didn't really know about a lot of products. When I created our baby registry, I added bottles and bottles of Johnson and Johnson baby wash. It was what I had always used when I was a nanny and it's what I remember my parent's using on us. In fact, I thought it was the best product you could buy!

For the first few months, we used Johnson's Bedtime Bath religiously. I liked the way it smelled and my baby seemed clean. He had what appeared to be a little bit of cradle cap, but the pediatrician said it would go away on it's own and there was no real need to worry about it. Then when my son was about 4 months old I began to notice this quirk. He mostly did it while nursing (or that's when I noticed it). He would scratch his head. I thought he was tired or just developing a habit and didn't think much of it. He started to get scratch marks on his little bald head. I kept dismissing it.

One awful night he woke up screaming. I went into his room and found his head bleeding and pussy. He had scratched it to the point of infection. We went to the pediatrician the next morning where we were prescribed two antibiotics (a topical and oral) to clear up the infection and told to use cortisone cream to stop eczema flare ups in the future.

Eczema. My little boy had eczema. I had no idea! Over the next few weeks, I started to notice dry, rough patches on his legs, arms and stomach. More eczema. I bought some cortisone cream and applied it daily as needed. I did everything in my power to prevent another infection.

Almost two years later, my son still struggles with eczema. Does it ever go away? I notice that it is at it's worst in the summer. I've recently discovered a new product that is perfect for dealing with his condition. Exederm is formulated for ultra sensitive skin. The philosophy behind the company is to avoid using irritants in their product that trigger eczema. Exederm is free of:

  • fragrances
  • colors and dyes
  • parabens
  • lanolin
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Phthalates


The Flare Control Cream contains 1% hydrocortisone, but leaves out all the things listed above that irritate sensitive skin. Exederm Flare Control Cream is the only over the counter hydrocortisone cream honored by the National Eczema Association. I've been using this in place of our other cortisone cream.

The Exederm Hydrating Baby Lotion is free from all the additives listed above unlike most baby products on the market. Even Mustela, a brand I trusted contains ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin. The hydrating lotion is perfect for dry skin, especially in the winter!

Exederm makes other skin care products for both adults and children with eczema or sensitive skin. I'm just thankful to have finally found a solution that works for us!

No compensation was received for this post. I was sent product samples from Exederm for reviewing purposes.

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