My twelve year old son has suffered from eczema for his entire life. He had the tell-tale markings of it on his arms and legs as a baby and toddler. Then, as he grew into a pre-schooler, he started to grow out of it. For many years, it was not so much of a problem; an occasional spot would flare up here and there, but nothing as bad as it was when he was younger. And then, last year, he had a major eczema outbreak that has yet to go away. He’s seen an allergist several times, a dermatologist and a pediatrician, all who prescribe different meds without producing much of a change. It feels as if we’ve tried every type of lotion there is that claims to help. We’ve used allergy medications, steroid creams, antibiotics, steroids….. Nothing really works to clear it up.
We know that a lot of it has to do with his incessant scratching, which he seems to have developed almost as a nervous habit now– the more stress he’s under, the more he scratches, the more it spreads and becomes less likely to heal. It’s a vicious cycle, one that I am having a tough time breaking. For a child in middle school, he’s having an especially difficult time, constantly making sure he has a long-sleeved jacket to cover up as much as he can.
I was playing around one day on Twitter when I came across The Seaweed Bath Company. Launched in September of 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. is a line of all-natural, seaweed-based bath products designed to combat dry, flaking and scaling skin. The product line was created by Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, to treat his own skin without harsh chemicals or medications. The line includes Seaweed Powder Baths, Body Washes, Body Butters and Whole Seaweed Baths. The products combine organic seaweed with 100% natural ingredients such as kukui oil, argan oil, neem oil, vitamin E and aloe vera. All products are dye free, paraben free and SLS free. And… they are based right here in Austin, Texas!
I contacted them to see if they would be interested in having me review the products. I was curious to see if it worked, yet hesitant to spend even more money on a product that wouldn’t make a difference. Luckily for us, they agreed to send some products for us to try and for a giveaway for LiveMom readers! Honestly, I have to say that out of all of the products that I’ve tried on my son, this is his very favorite! He ran out of the packets of bath powder and requested more, even going so far as reminding me to order them! That’s a twist in our household– I am typically the one reminding him to do something.
The bath powders smell great and are very calming on his skin. During and after his bath, the entire upper floor of our house smells refreshing, like eucalyptus, lavender or citrus. The powders have alleviated a lot of the itching to help him sleep better, and, although it has not relieved his symptoms entirely, it has made a big difference. I was happy to finally find something that helped. We’ve recently received our order from them– more bath powder, body butter and some samples of body wash. He ripped the box open as soon as he came home from school and hopped into the tub!
GIVEAWAY!! Do you or someone in your family suffer from eczema or psoriasis? Would you like to try one out for yourself? Leave a comment below! I will pick four random winners who will receive one package of Ocean-Fresh Whole Seaweed Bath powder, valued at $13.59 each. The deadline to enter is Saturday, February 26, 2011 at midnight.
If you have any other suggestions on things that have helped out with yours or a family member’s eczema, please share!