Monthly Archives: August 2013

Calendulis Cream from The Eczema Company – Great for Healing!

My fellow blogger, Jennifer, very kindly offered to send me some Calendulis Cream to try from her online store, The Eczema Company.  Jennifer has a wonderful blog simply FULL of great resources for eczema and food allergies.

Her online store is just as great…check it out!!  There are creams and balms!  There is soft clothing for babies and kids with eczema! (The onesies that say “Only my smile is contagious” and “Keep Calm and Carry Balm” are adorable).  There are brightly colored mittens for your child to wear at night so they don’t scratch!  (Boy… I wish my mom had had access to this site back in the dawn of the internet in the early 90s, when Ms. EczemaExcellence was but a young girl and had to make do with white cotton socks tied on her hands at night rather than fun and colorful mittens).

It is an unfortunate predicament in the world that eczema exists, but The Eczema Company’s products at least create a more pleasant and less itchy existence.  So when I got the chance to try out the Calendulis Cream, I was excited to see what it would do for my skin – especially since I had first seen it on my blog buddy The Allergista‘s site, and she gave it a great review.

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Jennifer had seen my previous posts, where I said that my skin was overall doing well, but that I still had a few residual spots that would flare and itch a bit – specifically my elbow and knee creases.  She recommended trying this cream to help heal those last stubborn flares.  I have been using it 1-2 times a day (morning and night…. I forgot a few times though so sometimes it was just one or the other) for about the past 5 days.  And you know what??  IT IS WORKING!  😀

The very first day I tried it out, the initial thing I noticed was that it stopped my itching!  I don’t get super itchy anymore, but I would catch myself waking up in the night scratching at my legs.  Since using the Calendulis Cream, I honestly don’t think I have woken myself up by scratching at all.  Then as I continued to use it, the dry, flaky patches on my skin started to heal and look more normal.  Remember my previous post with the picture of those tiny bumps on my leg?  Thanks to the cream, they now are GONE!  What an awesome thing to find a natural remedy with NO steroids or cortisone that actually works.

Below I’ve put a BEFORE and AFTER picture of my right arm – I have a very cheap digital camera that may not do this justice, but hopefully you see that the cream really did make a difference!

If you are interested in trying this cream – guess what?  I have a special offer for you, compliments of Jennifer and The Eczema Company!   You can get 10% off using this code as one of my blog readers: ECZEXC10.  Don’t wait though, if you want to give Calendulis Cream a try – the code expires September 30, 2013.

Thank you Calendulis Cream and thank you Jennifer!!  🙂

My right arm BEFORE applying Calendulis Cream, with mini-flares.

My right arm BEFORE applying Calendulis Cream, with mini-flares (little red areas).

Right arm AFTER about 5 days of Calendulis Cream.

Right arm AFTER about 5 days of Calendulis Cream.  There are no active flares!!  Any red spots you see are just little scars.  (You may notice my skin has some patches that are sort of “bleached” and lighter than my normal skin tone – this is a product of TSW and not the Calendulis cream.  Other areas of my body, like my lower back, and behind knees, have the same lighter-colored patches.  The skin is just getting back to normal after TSW and I’m sure this will even out in time.  As long as it isn’t red and itchy… I’m happy)!

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End-Stage Flares, and Taming the Scratchy Monster Book!

Look at what arrived in the mail to me the other day!  A special package all the way from California!

Taming the Scratchy Monster

“Taming the Scratchy Monster” is a wonderful little book written by Louise Brown, with a foreword by Kristina Ventura.  Both of these ladies have firsthand experience with TSW – Louise Brown has battled bravely through months of withdrawal and is almost healed (Hooray!!) and Kristina saw her beautiful daughter Keira also go through the process and become a vibrant, fully healed little girl who enjoys life WITHOUT having itchy skin interfere!

Though I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting either of these lovely souls in person, I feel an instant connection with each of them since we have the journey of TSW and healing in common.  I only wish I had had this book earlier this year, when I was going through the worst parts of TSW.  We all KNOW that we are supposed to heal, but doubt always creeps in, and even for an adult, this book is comforting to see the hero, Billy, battle the “scratchy monster” by ceasing to feed him with “cream” (steroid cream) and come triumphant through the red, dry, and oozy skin.  The illustrations are captivating and a perfect complement to the story line.  It is also a PERFECT way to explain TSW to other people that might not “get it”.  Kudos to Louise and Kristina for their efforts in this book and spreading awareness of TSW!

As for me, my skin is still doing well!  You can probably gather that because my posts are more few and far between.  I thought I would show you all some pictures of what “end-stage” TSW looks like.  I have a few stubborn areas that keep cycling through “mini flares”, but in the grand scheme of things, this is so minimal compared to full-blown TSW.  Joey Brown on the ITSAN forums has mentioned this too – being mainly healed, but having a few areas that are just hanging on, so I think that is a common thing to expect.

Now with these remaining areas, for me it is definitely a case of “first in, last out”, because these areas are around my elbow and knee creases, and this is one of the very first places I ever had “eczema”.  I had eczema in these zones as a child before I ever used steroid creams, so I might just be subject to having little bouts of eczema here in the future anyway.

I also find it interesting how (for me, at least) these little rashes are asymmetrical.  My entire left arm has been completely healed for a while and just has some slight areas with lighter pigmentation.  My right arm is the only rashy one.  My right leg also gets many more of the little flares than my left leg.  I’ve experienced the “asymmetry” before, prior to knowing I was going through TSW.  I had a very stubborn area around my left eye that was always red, but my right eye was fine.

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Little pimply bumps on my leg above the knee. They don’t itch, but they are tempting to pick at!

 

Mini flares on right arm.  These get a little red, itch slightly, then go through some minor flaking and scabbing, and then start over again.  One day they should be fully healed, I think!

Mini flares on right arm. These get a little red, itch slightly, then go through some minor flaking and scabbing, and then start over again. One day they should be fully healed, I think!

Another view of arm flares.

Another view of arm flares.  When they are in a healed stage, I just have little spots of discoloration on my arm from the scabs turning into scars.

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I plan to do a post about Post-TSW Facial Skin Care coming soon one of these days – it’s a funny problem to have, that now I have no idea what my actual “skin type” is, since it was masked by eczema for so long.  (It’s not actually a problem at all, but it’s a big contrast between this being my most tiny, miniscule concern, compared to the concerns I had when my face was all wrecked and red and puffy)  My skin makes its own oil and I actually get a bit of acne or clogged pores sometimes!  A far cry from the days when my face was all flaking off and had NO oil!

Hope everyone out there is continuing to heal nicely and seeing improvements!

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