A young mother has revealed how she healed a surprisingly common skin condition that made her face feel like ‘it was on fire’ with the help of a drugstore cream in just four months.
Angela Simson, 32, was going through a devastating split with her husband in 2018 when the skin around her mouth broke out in a painful rash known as dermatitis.
The painful sores around Ms Simson’s mouth, chin and nose made her extremely self-conscious and afraid to step out in public.
Ms Simson tried steroid creams and took prescribed antibiotics to try and heal the rash but it only provided her with short-term relief, so she turned to a $13.50 natural nappy balm produced by MooGoo.
She explained that it was the only thing that stopped the swelling and irritation.
Later she took a more targeted approach by using the brand’s Eczema and Psoriasis Cream and Natural Soothing MSM Moisturiser ($16.99), which completely cleared up her dermatitis in 12 weeks.
Ms Simson said she managed to solve the issue of skin irritation and redness over four months after turning to a $13.50 cream
Angela Simson, 32, was going through a split from her husband at the end of 2018 when her face broke out in dermatitis to the point it felt like her face was on fire
Health Worker Cherie Alexander, 39, has such severe eczema on her right hand that she could hardly work or shower at times, needing to wear gloves
Cherie Alexander, a 39-year-old health worker, had such severe eczema on her right hand that she could hardly work or shower, even needing to wear plastic gloves to wash her hair before she tried the ‘miracle’ $17 cream.
‘My eczema was so bad that I would be in tears in the shower. I was constantly in pain,’ Ms Alexander said.
‘Often my fingers or hands would split open, it looked like I had cut myself.
‘Cortisone cream was the only thing that helped, but after even a day or two of not using it, the pus blisters and sores would be back – I didn’t want to keep using these heavy creams, but it was a never-ending cycle.’
Angela first started using the $13.50 Natural Nappy Balm which stopped the swelling and irritation, and later turned to the Eczema and Psoriasis Cream to aid her dermatitis
TIPS ON HOW TO MANAGE DERMATITIS:
– Keep fingernails short to prevent scratching from breaking the skin and wear cotton mitts or gloves at night
– Wear 100% cotton or soft fabrics – avoiding rough, scratchy fibres and tight clothing
– Have lukewarm baths and showers
– Use hypoallergenic products and avoid anything perfumed
– Gently pat, not rub, the skin dry with a soft towel
– Apply a moisturiser within three minutes after bathing to ‘lock in’ the moisture
– Avoid rapid changes of temperature and activities that raise a sweat
– Use sensitive skin washing powders and detergents
– Reduce daily stress
– Learn your eczema triggers and how to avoid them
– Develop and maintain a daily skin routine
The University of Melbourne found that one third of Australians suffer from dermatitis.
CEO of MooGoo Melody Livingstone said she has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people suffering with skin issues, particularly during the Covid pandemic.
Ms Livingstone said: ’50 years ago, only one in ten Australian children suffered from it.
‘It can develop for a number of reasons, including climate, lifestyle, hygiene and genetics, and can become easily infected, causing pain, inflammation and lack of sleep, and research shows the number of cases is on the rise worldwide, but we don’t know why.’
Ms Livingstone said sales have skyrocketed in the last 18 months due to Covid-safe handwashing practices.
‘In Australia, we’ve had an increase in people contacting us for skin care advice as Covid-19 and its impacts have wreaked havoc on people suffering from skin issues, and the constant handwashing and use of hand sanitiser has caused dermatitis to flare,’ she said.
Melody Livingstone, CEO of MooGoo, said there is little understanding on how to manage dermatitis, and education and keeping symptoms under check are crucial
While many people develop eczema as a child and carry it into adulthood, there are also instances where people spontaneously develop eczema as adults.
Ms Livingstone said: ‘It can take a huge toll on families, with research showing the impact of moderate and severe dermatitis on families is significantly higher than the impact of diabetes on families.’
While dermatitis has become more common, Ms Livingstone said there is still surprisingly little understanding on how to manage the skin condition, and there is also no proven cure.
She adds that education and keeping the symptoms under control are crucial.
‘The importance of maintaining good gut flora is emerging as a link,’ Ms Livingstone said.
‘Trying to get as much rest as possible and keeping skin cool, moisturised and hydrated is important, as is avoiding known allergens.’