Acne & Eczema, revisited

Some of you may remember that I posted a few months back about the hard time we had been having with LB’s eczema and how we had found a magic bullet.

Or so I thought.

The Gentle Naturals cream I mentioned in that post did work really, really well for awhile and it almost cleared up the Littlest Brewster’s knee-pit eczema. But then winter started and it came back with a vengeance. Like, the poor thing had a few days where she refused to get her legs in the bath because they hurt so bad vengeance.

I tried everything I could think of, including over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream at our pediatrician’s recommendation. And nothing was helping and it was only getting worse. So when I took her in for her 2 year check up, I asked the doctor for another option. And she prescribed this:

EczemaAnd that, my friends, is a magic bullet.

It came with strict instructions not to use it for more than 7 to 10 days because it’s such strong stuff. Luckily, within 2 or 3 days of applying it twice a day and covering it with a thick layer of Aquaphor, her little legs were almost 100% better. We decided to use it for a full week, just to make sure that the redness and irritation were truly gone.

Since we’ve stopped using it, I’ve continued to put either Aquaphor or a really thick Eucerin cream on her legs at least once, if not twice, daily. Sadly I can see a little bit on her legs where it looks like the redness is starting to come back (already!?!?) but I’m going to see if OTC hydrocortisone can knock it out. I don’t want to get dependent on the prescription cream and bust it out every time I see a little redness.

The Littlest Brewster’s face acne was, per the pediatrician, actually just more eczema and we treated it as such. We didn’t use the prescription strength cream on her face (a big no-no per the MD) but I did mix a little hydrocortisone with her Aquaphor for a few days and the worst of it cleared up. She still gets a little red and chapped from the weather, but I just slather her with Aquaphor every night and it never gets too bad.

I’m hoping this doesn’t mean she’ll have sensitive skin for life, but as I struggle with senstive skin and redness on my face (as does DB), I have a feeling it will be an issue for her as well. Oh well. There are worse things in life than having sensitive skin, I guess.

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