Eczema: Solved on a Budget

Since I was a teenager dealing with typical teenage skin problems, I’ve known I had very oily skin. So I used cleansers that were clarifying (aka drying). That worked well for my oil problems, but then I found I had a new problem: dry skin. Very dry skin. And now, as an adult, I’ve noticed that my skin shows excessive dryness and is even wrinkling (gasp!).

In a moment of desperation, when my skin felt like it was going to crack in two, I had a thought. Could olive oil possibly help my skin? See, I didn’t want to go out and buy products that may make me break out or would break the bank, so I was hoping for a more economically friendly alternative that would also be healthy for my skin. So I got online and googled “Olive oil skin care”. This probably is old news to you, but I found that many people use olive oil as their moisturizer and many lotions contain olive oil. It has a lot of nutritional properties and is all natural. I like that.

I started using it and within seconds, my poor, dried out face felt fresh. Sure, at first, it felt oily. But after a minute or two, it felt amazing. And no, I haven’t had any breakouts because of it. I put it on after showering or swimming and instantly feel amazing. Just be careful not to get it on your hair or clothes (making the Terry Top a great asset when applying after showering!)

What I didn’t expect from my google search was when I read that olive oil might help eczema. My wonderful four year old has had terrible eczema since birth. We’ve tried all sorts of things to help with her breakouts: Aquafor, Eucerin, steroids, Vasoline, baby lotions, Avon lotions. (Janae posted about a great lotion she is using with her daughter here.) Some helped control it, but inevitably, if I forgot for a few days, it would be back with a vengeance.

I figured we had nothing to lose by trying good old fashioned olive oil on her skin. First, it was natural. Second, it was cheap. And third, it didn’t have additives in it that would make her skin burn. So I lathered it on.

I’d love to say that instantly her eczema cleared, but it didn’t. However, within a couple hours, I could tell a difference. And a couple days later, it was as though she had never had it. I wish I could adequately describe to you the extent of her eczema. If you have a child with eczema, you can envision it because you’ve probably seen it. Scratching until she bleeds, sores everywhere, redness all over her body, crying because of the pain, itching uncontrollably even though it hurts so badly to do so. Whereas many people have eczema in their crevices (backs of knees, inside elbows and armpits, etc), her’s covered literally every inch of her body from the neck down.

So to say that after just two days of using olive oil truly cleared up her eczema completely is a miracle to me. I feel her skin now and it is lusciously soft. She’s still super stubborn so getting her to let me put anything on her skin is a battle, but she’s much more willing with the olive oil because it goes on so easily and smoothly, and doesn’t burn. Still, a week may go by without application and the eczema may rear its ugly head again, but only a tiny bit, instead of a full fledged outbreak like we used to have.

Because pouring it out of the bottle was messy, I bought a bottle of hand soap for less than a buck, emptied the soap into another of our bottles, and refilled it with the olive oil.

Now I can just pump a little out at a time. It works great!

If you’ve tried everything and still have an eczema problem, or even just suffer from dry skin yourself, give it a shot. The likelihood of you having some in your house at this moment is high, so try it out! I hope it works for you as well as it works for us!

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Hi! I’m Cheri and I’m so excited to be blogging with you! I am a stay at home mom with 4 little girls and one little boy, with another baby girl on the way. We have a third grader, first grader, kindergartner, 3 year old, and 18 month old. So, I guess you can say life is pretty busy. But my heart is even more full than my hands, and I wouldn't change a thing. Like my post? Please comment.
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7 Responses to Eczema: Solved on a Budget

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  2. Emily says:

    Cheri this makes me so happy for T, and love the clever soap bottle idea!!!!

    • Cheri says:

      I love this idea too…and I made it better! I bought a finger tip spray bottle from Walmart and how it is completely mess free and I can more easily control the amount. I love it!

  3. jennie says:

    I do love this idea and it does seem to help on our body with eczema but my son gets eczema on his face especially under his lip area and wonder if you have used oil on that area. We tried it but did not seem to work as well as other parts of his body. We still have the steroids from the doctor so we use that. Of course he too does not like anything on his face so I also have to wait till he is asleep to put anything on his face. Thanks and I love your blog.

    • Cheri says:

      Jennie-

      I actually use the olive oil on my face every day. It is the only moisturizer I use. I’ve also used it on my girls when they have chapped lips, so I feel comfortable putting it just about anywhere. I wonder if the eczema you are seeing under his lip is from him licking or biting on his lip and causing extreme chapping. If the oil isn’t helping, try aquafor, which has really helped us when our girls’ lips get bad.

      Good luck!

      Cheri

  4. Kerri says:

    Since olive oil is so great for the skin, and so is positive touch to our children, combine the two ideas for nightly massages with your kids. It will relax them before bedtime, communicate love, warmth, and safety without words, and moisturize their skin at the same time. Now that you mention it, I’ll write a post soon about massage techniques. Sounds yummy. And if you’re interested, Pandora.com, an internet radio site, has LOTS of meditative relaxing stations to help kids (and adults!) relax. Right now I’m listening to “Sunset Waterfall” and wondering why I’m on the internet and not at a spa.

  5. Heidi Harmon says:

    Coconut oil works great too!!!! Just thought I would pass it on…

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