My third child suffers from eczema, and I’ve tried it all. I just tried a new thing, and the results are so promising that I decided to share it online in color with y’all.
(PS – I have been perfecting a skin lotion based on emu oil since this experiment, and have made it available for sale on etsy, click here if you are interested: The Spunky Monkey’s Skin Food)
Background: She’s now 4 (as of yesterday!) and we’ve lived in sunny Southern California the last year, in the middle of the Canadian prairies the previous three years of her life. All my kids seem to have inherited the psoriasis/eczema of my in-laws but only this one suffers badly from it. When we moved to SoCal the worst area (her arms at the elbow) were pretty awful, but cleared up! I thought that the climate had fixed all her woes. Then about springtime she started scratching again, and it didn’t clear up. I don’t like putting the steroid hydrocortisone on her all the time, so we tried all kinds of non-medicated lotions. No help – plus some of them made her cry that they hurt her. So after several months of waiting for it to go away, I decided to try one more thing. I’d heard of emu oil before, while researching lotion ingredients, and decided to pay the $25 for 4 oz of the stuff. I took before pics to see if there was any difference:
Since she’s so young, she just scratches herself bloody. Ouch.
We treated her arm with a drop of emu oil (from the not-quite-attractive looks like an ostrich bird) once a day. She actually allowed it because the emu oil didn’t hurt! This is what it looks like after 4 weeks:
As you can see, much better! It’s clearly not a quick-acting help, it did take weeks of not-quite every day use, but I’m excited!! I am not getting any money from anybody to post this, but if there are any other parents or sufferers of this annoying skin irritation, I wanted you to hear a real unbiased result. 😀
PS – update as of 4/25/12 – Her arm has remained at about this level, slightly better, but I wouldn’t call her eczema “healed”. The skin is still very dry and easily damaged. So I used emu oil to make up a super-goodness filled skin cream (I’ve been puttering in my kitchen with lotions/creams/bath stuff for years) and that seems to give her skin the oil it needs and the water it needs (although most of the “water” is actually aloe vera). I have a few jars of the cream left (after selling most at Christmas) and sell them for $5 if anybody is interested. My family has told me the cream has healed burns and skin outbreaks quickly too, which isn’t too surprising given emu’s lauded properties.