What We Did to Help Our Son’s Eczema
This blog post was written by Bend Soap Company co-founder, Marilee Johnson.
For any parents out there who have children with eczema (or any adults who suffered with it themselves), you probably know how exhausting it can be to try and find something that helps relieve the symptoms. While ointments may work for some, others are still left with dry, itchy, irritated patches of skin and a desire to find a solution to the madness.
Here’s a question that we seem to get on a regular basis:
“What exactly did you do to help Chance’s eczema? Is it just your goat milk soap, or do you use something else on his skin, too?”
First of all, yes, our goat milk soap is the only product we use on our son’s skin to help relieve his eczema symptoms. And while our son is not "cured" from eczema (as, unfortunately, there is much about eczema that we don't know) we’re happy to share that Chance has total relief from his eczema and does not have any of the symptoms on a regular basis. After years of trial and error in trying to find something that would help Chance, this was a big win for our family! For those who are interested, you can read more about our story and experience with eczema here.
But, we also want to note that there are several different things we try to do as a family that may also help keep the aggravation down. For example, health is quite important to us and we try our best to be mindful about what we’re putting in and around our bodies; we've raised our own beef, pork, and chickens, grind wheat and make our own bread, and use non-toxic cleaners in our home. But, this isn’t a lifestyle that everyone with eczema is able to have, so in today’s blog, we’re sharing the simple, affordable, at-home program we used to help relieve our son of his eczema symptoms that nearly everyone can try: Mama Marilee’s Eczema Program.
But First, a Little Back Story
As many of you already know, our son’s eczema was the reason that we started Bend Soap Company. We had noticed that Chance had a few itchy, flaky spots that would appear on his legs. Soon realizing that it was eczema, we began to work on digestive issues, which are often the core of eczema problems. But, whenever he would head outside to play with his brothers, his skin would almost instantly dry out and begin to itch.
Soaking Chance in warm baths before bed did help, but they only brought him relief for a short amount of time. Not only that, but it seemed like they were drying out his skin even more. After a bit of research and suggestions from friends, we learned that the commercial, big-name brand soaps we had been using to bath our son were contributing to his dry skin.
We took one look at the label and found an entire laundry list of ingredients we could barely read, let alone understand what they even were or what benefit they served our skin; sodium lauryl sulfate, detergents, artificial dyes, synthetic preservatives, and other chemical fillers, to name a few. We made our first few bars of Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap and threw them into the tub during Chance’s next bath, let him soak for 15-20 minutes, and Mama Marilee’s Eczema Program was born.
Mama Marilee’s Eczema Program
Bend Soap Company has certainly grown since then, and Mama Marilee’s Eczema Program has undergone a few minor tweaks (okay, not really... We just created our milk bath product that we use now instead of using whole bars of goat milk soap), but the results we’ve seen have been the same. If you’re curious, try out the method we used in your own home by following the steps below.
One of the first things we did was get rid of ALL of the toxic soaps, lotions, shampoos, body washes and bubble baths that we were using. Once I realized these chemical ingredients were one of the major causes for Chance’s eczema flare ups, I started checking the ingredients on the labels of all of the products we had in our home. I was surprised at how many products had been touching our skin that were made with a laundry list of unnecessary toxic ingredients: deodorant, toothpaste, shaving creams, shampoo, face wash, cleansers, moisturizers, chapsticks… The list could go on. We threw them out, and have never gone back.
Using the Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath, throw in 1-2 handfuls of goat milk soap curls into a bath filled with warm water. It’ll only take a few seconds for the heat from the water to begin melting the soap, turning the water a milky white color.
Get into the tub, sit back, and relax while the natural enzymes in the goat’s milk get to work on your skin. Depending on how severe the eczema is, we let Chance soak in a milk bath every day. If you have eczema, it's often recommended that you avoid frequent baths, as the water tends to dry out the already sensitive skin. But in the case of our milk baths, we noticed that the more Chance soaked, the better his skin was. So, every day, sometimes twice a day (if he said he was still itching), Chance took a milk bath. His eczema was practically GONE after that week.
Keep your skin hydrated! Once the symptoms of eczema had totally disappeared, we put Chance in a milk bath every few days, just to keep his skin from drying out. Now that we have our goat milk lotion, I’ll often slather him up with it after his milk baths to help keep the moisture in. One of my favorite things about our goat milk lotion is that it’s non-greasy and takes only a few seconds to soak into your skin.
More Eczema Care Tips
- When you first start trying this method, don’t skimp on how many handfuls of goat milk bath (or bars of goat milk soap) you throw into the bath. Once you’re on top of the problem, you can back off and use 1-2 handfuls of the milk bath, but I’ve found that it helps to have lots of the goat milk soap in the water to start.
- I never could figure out what Chance was allergic to, if anything. We still have not changed anything in our diet. Removing the big name brand skincare products from our home and sticking to natural was very helpful!
- I was using an Arm & Hammer laundry soap at the time, and that didn’t seem to affect him. I’ve since switched to making my own laundry detergent with our goat milk soap. If you’re interested in making your own laundry detergent, you check out my own recipe by clicking here.
It’s important to share that we here at Bend Soap Company do not intend to diagnose any skin conditions or offer that our soaps will "cure" any skin conditions. The causes of eczema, psoriasis (and other skin issues) are not completely known. We also do not intend to say that our products will CURE eczema. As far as we know, our soaps have only been known to help ease the symptoms and irritations caused by eczema – and in many cases make these symptoms disappear. Per our own experience, and per others that have used our soap (and their testimonies and reviews), we recommend trying it and seeing for yourself.
If you do end up trying our goat milk soap, milk bath, and other natural skincare products, let us know what you think by leaving a comment below! We would love to hear about your experience.
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