Easy, dirt cheap treatment for eczema

on May 22, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

I've broken out in eczema a couple of times in my life. A few of those times were very bad, and a few were just slightly annoying. Like for example, at the moment, I've got an itchy ring of it around my finger under my wedding band. Nothing was making it go away, and I refuse to use cortisone of any type as it is carcinogenic.

It just happens that I had ordered a sample of zinc finishing powder from a mineral makeup company last week. I got to thinking of how zinc is used in diaper rash creams, etc to heal the skin. So just to experiment, I put some of this zinc finishing powder on the itchy, red patch under my wedding band.\

By the next day, it had completely dried up and the damaged skin was peeling off. The itching was gone - that was almost immediate, actually. And the redness has disappeared. I have continued using it for a few days and it's nearly 100% healed up.

The finishing powder is pretty pricey. Approximately $8.95 for a full jar, which is only a few grams (http://www.silknaturals.com for anybody who wants to check it out - their products are quite nice, especially their foundation kits). So I went to another company's website to check out their price on it for 1 full ounce. You get about 15 to 20 times the amount compared to the one from the mineral makeup site. And it was only about $3, if I remember correctly. I immediately ordered a full ounce. That will last me for the rest of my life and will be enough to make my own finishing powder, as well as enough to use for the occasional eczema breakout.

Just wanted to let everybody know as there are quite a few women who do break out with eczema or have irritations from their jewelry, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, medications, etc and resort to using the cortisone creams their doctors prescribe, or buy the over the counter stuff. This is far better, natural, effective, works fast - literally overnight - costs jack, and doesn't have any nasty side effects. Unlike cortisone, which is known to cause cancer, etc.

FYI, I got the dirt cheap zinc powder at http://www.coastalscents.com. I've mentioned them before on ChickAdvisor, simply because they are quite good, not to mention very affordable. They take less than a week to get your orders to you, even in Canada, and have excellent customer service, not to mention dirt cheap shipping. And I've never been dinged customs charges when I order from them (they're in Florida). Their zinc oxide powder is not mixed with anything at all, so it could potentially be used for anything, including mixing it in to mineral makeup for women who have any itchy, bumpy patches on their skin.

If you've got kids, you could mix it into some calendula cream and use that for any of their skin problems as well, without the fear of putting something toxic on their skin. For babies, just dust it on their diaper area, instead of heavily perfumed baby powder, which isn't good for them anyways (talcum powder is notrious for causing problems). It also has sun screening properties, so you could potentially mix it in with your face cream before going out in the sun, although you won't know exactly what the SPF you're getting is. Think of that cream snowboarders and life guards use on their noses. That extremely white goop. It's LOADED with zinc oxide and completely blocks the sun. You don't have to use quite that much, as I'm sure you don't want to go out walking around with a white schnozz, but it has many many useful applications and is so so so cheap. Most importantly, it is super effective.

Good luck, chickens :-)

6 Replies

so helpful!! on May 25, 2010 @ 05:00 pm

That is so helpful! I don't have this problem but my brother occasionally does, I'll be recommending this to him! Thanks :) :) :)

No problem :-) on May 26, 2010 @ 12:35 am

I know how aggravating it is to have those bumpy, itchy scaly patches on your skin. On the face is even worse!

I hope your brother can get some relief using this. For me, it's super, super effective. The bumps will dry and the dead skin will peel off.Over a couple of days, it will be either completely gone or greatly reduced. Just keep at it. And make sure to apply immediately after bathing or showering. Couple of times a day should do it. I've just been dusting and the patch under my ring is 1% gone now. Had I gone to the doctor, they would have loaded me up with all sorts of toxic junk.

Gold Bond on May 26, 2010 @ 01:00 pm

This is really helpful! I have some eczema on my elbows and I've used Gold Bond Medicated Lotion. It's always worked for me but I don't have a really bad case, so it might be too mild for some. But it is inexpensive and I've had the same bottle for ages (probably a bit too long).

Gold Bond does have zinc in it but...... on May 26, 2010 @ 03:00 pm

it's also loaded with other stuff as well. I have a bottle of Gold Bond powder. It lists 1% zinc oxide in it as the active ingredients. 1%?? Think of how much I paid for a bottle which is 99% talc and 1% zinc. What a rip off. And talc causes even more problems. In regards to the cream, I don't have that on hand, so I don't know exactly what the base is made out of. But I'm willing to bet it's got some lanolin, petroleum products or mineral oil in the base. Another problem. Many people are allergic to lanolin - me personally, I get clogged pores from it - mineral oil is also terrible stuff, and petroleum products are definitely not something I want to be putting on my skin. And once again, the cost factor comes into it. Personally, I'd rather use pure zinc oxide powder on my skin for a fraction of the cost. The powder also tends to cling to the skin, which means it's not going to just fly off in a breeze. If I don't want to apply it full strength, I can mix it down with some rice powder or corn starch. Also far healthier to be using than talc.

Could you post a list of what's in the base of the Gold Bond Lotion? As well as the active ingredients? I'm very curious :-)

good ideas on Jun 02, 2010 @ 08:48 pm

that is a good idea to try--I think you can buy it at Rite Aid in the first aid section too. I also have good luck with Aquaphor or the store brand/generic of it. It is very neutral and hhelps to moisturize and soothe the irritated area.

Thank you! on Jul 07, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

Ohmygosh, this is going to help me major because I have serious eczcema during the summer. I loveeeee you guys so much!

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