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
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
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?