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Would love to use if I could afford it,
This review is from: Dermalex 100g Repair Eczema (Personal Care)
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Having suffered from eczema all my life, I have come to the conclusion that the ideal cream should sink in quickly, moisturise without being sticky, should prevent itching, should last, and should not have a strong smell. Therefore I was slightly irked to read on the instructions in the Dermalex box "do not scratch your itchy skin." As anyone with eczema knows, that is exactly what the sufferer is unable to do. Do you tell a fatty who wishes to be slim "it's easy, avoid carbohydrates" - is it really that simple?
My understanding from the instructions is, that Dermalex does not claim to be a miracle moisturiser, but to be a "damage repair accelerator," which activates the skin's own repair mechanism and creates a barrier against bacterial toxins. This makes sense as apparently sufferers of atopic eczema are frequently found to have bacterial infections.
The instructions also recommend that Dermalex is not used on skin that has cracked or been scratched, which is an instruction I would find quite hard to follow during a bad flare-up.
Cortisone is really the only way to go during a bad period of itching (usually triggered by stress) as well as following a whole list of other things to avoid, whatever your own personal triggers are - synthetic fabrics, alcohol, dairy, soaps etc.
I have used the Dermalex for three weeks, I can't prove whether or not it replaced missing ceramide components, as the leaflet claims it does. It's a very pale green colour, sinks in well and has a faint clay-like smell. It does have a slight tendency to slough off if rubbed. It is suggested that a moisturiser be applied on top and I would recommend Doublebase Hydrating Gel Pump - 500g
In fact I didn't use an additional moisturiser and can confirm that I had minimal itching during the three weeks. I didn't use it on my face as I would have liked to have seen a specific reassurance that it is suitable for facial use.
The obvious sticking point would be the price. I would certainly use it again if I could afford it - but I can't.