Is It Possible To Combat Eczema Naturally? Diane Lai Says Yes, with Soothe Spot Treatment!

Since this past winter, I’ve been struggling with really bad eczema on my hands.  At the worst times, I deal with with itching, burning, flaky and broken skin on my palms.  I wake up many nights scratching my hands until they are raw.  When I went to the doctor, I was prescribed with corticosteroids (Betamethasone Valerate 0.1%).  When I get a flare-up, only the prescription cream fixes my hands, but I have concerns with the serious side effects of using these creams in the long term.  Look them up; they are a little too scary to list in a beauty blog.

Diane Lai Soothe

Recently I’ve been using something new and all-natural on my hands.  Diane Lai Soothe ($34) is a miracle spot treatment for my hand eczema.  It is incredibly moisturizing, fast-absorbing, gentle, and non-greasy.  It does not contain: petroleum, phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and many other things that are bad for you.  To top it all off, it has a light lavender scent that is just divine. :)

Diane Lai Soothe

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) butter, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Coco-carylate, Glycerin, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, Argania spinosa (kernel oil), Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Xanthan gum, Potassium sorbate, Sodium benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Citric acid, Sodium citrate, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil.

In just two weeks of regular use, it’s already apparent that Diane Lai Soothe is super effective.  I use it about 2-3 times a day, along with their body moisturizer, Diane Lai Rejuvenate ($45) as my regular hand cream.  It is tiny compared to the moisturizer (30 ml versus 100 ml), but a dime size of Soothe is all I need for both hands.  My hands are almost fully healed at the moment, and I suffer from less flare-ups.

Diane Lai Soothe & Rejuvenate

Diane Lai products are made in Canada and are available on www.dianelai.com (they ship all over Canada and the US), The Shopping Channel, and some retailers in Ontario.

Switching Up My Soap and Body Wash

I found that harsh, heavily fragranced soaps angered my eczema, so I’ve switched out my regular soaps for those for sensitive skin.  Right now I’m using Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skin (4 for about $5) as my bar “soap”, and Cetaphil Restoraderm Eczema Moisturizing Wash (about $15) in the shower.  I also like Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash (about $10) as another non-irritating option.

Do You Suffer from Eczema?

What do you do to keep your flare-ups to a minimum?  What specific products do you use that worked for you?

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  • http://callitbeauty.blogspot.com/ dani@callitbeauty

    i have a friend who suffers from eczema. i’ll be sure to show her this post :).

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks, Dani!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com/ Larie

    I have the same problem – during the winters, sometime it gets really bad, and I had a prescription strength cortisone given to me as well. That helped with the itching, but only continuous moisturizing helps prevent flare-ups. The doctor recommended Eucerin when I visited, so I used that for a while, but it was too heavy and greasy and I hated it. I picked up a Shikai hand lotion at the drugstore that is meant for doctors and teachers (and other people who need to wash their hands constantly) and I love it – lightweight and nongreasy, but still really effective. Glad you found something that works, too!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Are you from the States, Larie? I don’t think we have that brand here. Thanks for the recommendation! :) That hand lotion sounds fantastic.

      • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com/ Larie

        Hmm, yep, I’m in the US, sorry :( They have a website (http://shikai.com/index.html) but their shipping and sales policy page says you have to call for shipping to Alaska, HI, or places outside the US.

  • http://MakeupJunkie.ca Joy

    Love Diane Lai’s products! Wrote a rave review about it a few months ago on my blog. My son has eczema and it worked fantastically on him! Tried so many things too…

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Ooh I will check it out! Did you know that they have a body wash now too? I gotta have it!

  • Christina

    I actually suffer from eczema in a similar way–with flare-ups on my hands and sometimes my feet. I originally was prescribed a steroid cream that made it worse and then a lighter dose, that worked temporarily.

    What works for me now is using gloves when I need to do dishes, clean, etc and I use vanicream–which has been a godsend. It is made similarly to the cream you are using, but there’s no scent (anything with scents aggravate my skin). I get it at cvs for about $14 and it’s a steal for a 1 lb tub! I put on the vanicream and cotton gloves at night when I go to bed and it works amazingly! I also use cetaphil extra gentle cleanser for just about everything.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks for your comment, Christina!

      I recently started using gloves while doing dishes, and I think that helped tremendously. I’ll have to seek out Vanicream if I ever stop by a CVS in the US again. Thanks!

  • http://makeupmorsels.wordpress.com Makeup Morsels

    Oh, I’m going to review these soon! I actually ended up using these on my face when my dry patches wouldn’t go away, and they worked great!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      That’s so great to hear! :) Can’t wait to read it.

  • http://gabysbeautyblog.blogspot.com G A B Y

    OMG’ I’ve been looking forward to your review ever since you tweeted me about this product! It seriously look amazing, thank you so much for posting this!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Hey Gaby, yes, it is amazing! :) I hope you’re able to try some yourself.

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@BeautyReflections

    My daughter suffers from Eczema on her hands too. I buy baby wash for her to wash her hands with, and and Aveeno hand cream.
    This sounds great I will have to get it for her.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Baby wash is nice and gentle, too! Thanks for the recommendations, Tracy!

  • http://www.dianelai.com Diane

    HI All: Please do not think of my creams as a cure but part of your arsenal in managing eczema. Eczema or atopic dermatitis is an allergic reaction to something that your skin is coming into contact with or that you are ingesting. (eating) A weakened immune system causes flare up as your body is more sensitive to things you may normally not react too. For example if you have a cold or are stressed. Figuring out the triggers for you is the key to management and reducing flare ups. For example if you get dry itchy patches all over your body in random areas its usally something as simple as your laundry detergent, dryer sheets or fabric softener. Please check out my faq on how to manage the condition http://www.dianelai.com/faq

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Thanks for the input, Diane! My triggers are definitely soap / cleanser related, so I’ve also started using gloves around the house when my hands are going to get wet.

  • http://theformergirlatbar.blogspot.com/ Alexis

    Hey there,
    I am also an eczema sufferer – all my life, actually. I love using Curel Itch Defense. I love it, it feels like it dries to a powder finish once it sets. Otherwise, I use Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash. But I also use many prescription ointments for super scaly, itchy patches on my skin. Unfortunately, I get it on my elbows, backs of knee, fingers. It sucks!

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Oooh I will check if we have Curel Itch Defense here. It sounds wonderful. Sorry about your eczema. Diane Lai provided some tips on how to manage it here: http://www.dianelai.com/faq

  • http://www.myfunnyvalentineblog.com Jen W

    This looks great! I get eczema sometimes in winter, and am always in need of something soothing and rich. I like all the lovely oils in the ingredients, and the soothing allantoin which is in all my favourite lotions.

    I love the packaging too- always a fan of airless pump bottles.

    Thanks for putting in the full ingredient list- I really appreciate when reviewers include that.

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Glad you approve, Jen! :)

  • Sonia

    Both my kids and I suffered from eczema and we will only use cold processed (CP) goat’s milk soap in the bath/shower. It’s much gentler than any commercial soap out there that uses detergents for their cleansing power (yes, Dove as well). My daughter and I are fine with fragranced CP soaps, while I use the unscented on my son, as his eczema was worse. We’ve had no flare ups since switching and I have quite a few friend’s kids who use the same now. :)

    • http://www.glittergeek.ca Arianne

      Wow thank you Sonia! Where do you get your cold pressed goat’s milk soap?