Imagine what it would feel like to have constantly dry, itchy skin. Skin so irritated that it cracked, bled and peeled nearly every single day.
According to the National Eczema Association, over 30 million Americans suffer from some form of eczema. So, maybe you don’t have to imagine this type of scenario —maybe this is your daily reality or the reality of someone you love. If eczema is something you’re all too familiar with, then you probably understand how relentless the hunt can be to find an ultra-gentle cleanser that will moisturize and soothe your skin but also wash away everyday oil and debris, right? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our battle with eczema has been full of trial and error, but we’ve finally found hope through a homemade remedy we created back in 2011.
“...Over 30 million Americans have some form of eczema.” - National Eczema Association
The Painful Symptoms of Eczema
While Eczema is used to describe a variety of skin inflammations such as atopic dermatitis, it generally means an allergy on the skin that causes inflammation and irritation. Skin becomes dry, itchy, sensitive, and reacts like a poison ivy rash.
Our own journey with eczema began when we started noticing dry, “angry” patches of skin on our son Chance’s legs. As those patches of skin got more dry and angrier, they slowly began to dominate Chance’s life. He couldn’t focus on schoolwork or even play outside. We tried using different moisturizers and lotions on Chance’s legs but those would “sting” and “burn” as they went on. The few that brought a shadow of relief did so for only a short time.
Why Commercial Soaps Don’t Help
Chemical soaps only contribute to dry skin and cause chemical reactions. We tried altering Chance’s diet to address the possibility that his eczema may have been related to digestive issues but nothing seemed to help on that front either.
Dwight constantly researched eczema and potential remedies and treatments. He noticed that “goat milk soap” was often mentioned as an all-natural means to relieve eczema symptoms. At the same time, he was learning more and more about the dangers of chemicals found in everyday cosmetics and hygiene products. So, Dwight took a closer look at the soap we were using and was amazed to see that it was composed of an alarming number of chemicals that have no right to be on the human body. There are also an alarming number of reports of people becoming addicted to eczema creams, sometimes making the condition worse, which was the case with Charlie Maddy.
“I felt like I deserved the world’s worst father award. I was throwing 10-15 chemicals into my son’s bath and saying, 'Hope you make it bro.'” - Dwight Johnson
The soap you buy in the store often contains a host of chemicals including parabens, synthetic fragrances, and phthalates, just to name a few. These three chemicals alone are known to be allergens, disrupt hormones, and cause cancer. It’s no wonder Chance’s sensitive skin was reacting on a consistent basis!
We knew there had to be a better way to experience relief from eczema. And that’s exactly what we discovered.
How Goat Milk Soap Helps Heal Eczema
When we began using goat milk soap in Chance’s baths, his symptoms were gone within one week. But why? What made goat milk soap so different from the big brand name options that we were seeing at the stores?
If you compared the ingredients on the back of a bar of commercial soap versus our homemade, all-natural goat milk soap, you’d see a huge difference. One is almost incomprehensible and loaded with chemicals, ours contains natural ingredients you know and understand.
Here’s how goat milk soap helps eczema:
Natural Vitamins: Goat milk has natural vitamins and minerals which nourish your skin and leave it silky and moisturized. It absorbs easily into the skin and balances the body’s pH.
Natural Oils: Natural oils including coconut oil, olive oil, and red palm oil are excellent moisturizers and protect the skin from damage and free radicals.
Natural Ingredients: Natural ingredients, like the real oatmeal and honey in our bars of Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap, add another layer of moisture and gentle exfoliation.
Essential Oils: Essential oils offer a pleasing aroma without the use of synthetic fragrances
“Let me start out by saying I am dealing with "mature" skin with eczema. Over the years I have tried literally every soap on the market. Some worked at first, but then over time they stopped. This soap I have been using a couple of weeks and I do believe I have found the one that will continue to work. My skin is very soft and supple and the dry patches that itch so badly, don't itch anymore. I have also been applying there unscented lotion and I like that very much also. Recommend anyone to try.” - Alma
Integrating Goat Milk Soap into Your Life
While there is no known cure for eczema, eliminating chemicals and irritants from your daily routine and switching to all-natural goat milk soaps to soothe and heal skin irritation may help.
Here are 4 must-try products if you suffer from eczema:
1. Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap bar, $4.95, available here.
2. Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath, $7.00, available here.
“As someone that struggles with eczema, the goat's milk bath is my staple product. One or two handfuls daily in my bathtub and I soak away. I so appreciate Bend Soap offering this to their customers, those of us that use a lot of goat's milk bath.” - Milk Bath Review
3. Unscented Goat Milk Soap bar, $4.95, available here.
4. Unscented Milk Bath, $7.00, available here.
If you or someone you know suffers from eczema, stop using the same name brand lotions and creams you see at the drugstore and give our goat milk soap products a try. Have you already made the switch to Bend Soap Company? Leave a comment below and share your story! We always love hearing from you.