I’ve had eczema all my life and while it’s currently not too bad I still have moments like during a hot summer when it flares up. I try to use natural products whenever possible to keep it at bay but occasionally have to resort to a prescription steroid cream when it’s really bad. Since this is a last resort and I know the long-term effects of using steroids too often or for too long it was nice to have the opportunity to try something else.
The cream is not very appealing in colour or smell – reminiscent of a tar-based cream or preparation from my childhood. However once it’s rubbed in to the skin you do not notice either the colour or the smell. It claims to protect, soothe and moisturise dry, rough and scaly skin while also promoting healing. It has a high potency herbal formula for eczema but is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.
It contains three active ingredients – Kawakawa leaf and Burdock root which are both known to help various skin conditions while Poroporo herb contains the steroidal saponin solasonine which is used commercially as a precursor for the production of complex steroidal compounds. It has been used for centuries by the Maori people in poultices to cure chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and is both anti-itch and an anti-inflammatory.
It claims to be organic if this is important to you but even more importantly for anyone with sensitive skin or allergies like me it contains no parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colours or fragrances.
I loved this cream. It is not cheap but a little goes a long way so it looks like lasting me for a long while. I had no adverse reactions using it; my skin did not dry out like some eczema creams or lotions and it did indeed seem to soothe and moisturise. It helped to heal several areas of mild eczema and there was no itchiness for a long time afterwards which prevented scratching and as a consequence reopening of old wounds as well as allowing the skin to heal by itself. I was very surprised by the results as I have tried dozens and dozens of eczema products over the last fifty years with mixed results. Some soothe but don’t stop the itch, some heal but dry out the skin and then cause more itchiness as a result and some don’t seem to be very effective at all. The only products that seem to clear up any bad bouts promptly and thoroughly is the prescription steroid creams but I hate using them so this was a wonderful alternative. I highly recommend this cream and am sure you’ll love it too. Even though it’s quite a bit dearer than I’d normally want to pay I believe the price is well worth it since it does such a good job of healing and soothing.