Recently, we had a mother, Jessica Smith, share her experience with our products and her 6 year old Amelia’s eczema. There was such a massive response to her story online that we decided to interview her with six of the most frequently asked questions on the stories thread. Below are the answers to your questions:
Q: What kind of regimen did you adhere to with the products to get those results?
A: I started using the TrueLipids products 2x per day on my daughter Amelia (age 6), immediately after bath and then again before she got dressed for school. Our biggest issue starting off was that her eczema was so raw and stinging that she could not even tolerate basic hydrocortisone cream from the pharmacy. However, the TrueLipids was much gentler than anything else we tried. I noticed a result the next morning; the redness and inflammation was greatly improved. We did not do any other treatments, just the TrueLipids hydrocortisone followed by the ointment over it.
Q: How did you discover TrueLipids? Had you heard of it before?
A: This is going to sound awful but I found out about it on Pinterest! Totally not something I would recommend (trolling Pinterest for medical help!) but I was desperate. I did as much online reading as I could and saw the “money back guarantee” offered. My daughter had been recently diagnosed with a wheat allergy and after a couple of weeks of wheat-elimination, her skin was just as itchy and her eczema was as raw as ever. On the day when she had to be picked up from school early because the backs of her knees were weeping and sticking to her pants, I went ahead and placed an order.
Q: What results are you seeing with your other child’s eczema?
A: My son also has significant allergies, including egg, peanut, soy, milk, cats, dogs and many environmental allergies. He has also had eczema since he was a baby. We used to have to do wet wraps with him under his infant sleepers due to the severity of his eczema. At one point he was on Elidel, which carries a scary black-box warning. His patches of eczema were different than my daughter’s. He has been scratching at them for months, so they are deeper and scabby. I am seeing significant clearing of the scabs and there is still some discoloration but much of the skin is smooth and healed. This is still a work in progress and due to excessive scratching and more severe allergies, while the results are still astounding they aren’t as immediate as they were with Amelia.
Q: What other products/methods have you tried that failed or didn’t produce desired results? Had you tried everything?
A: For both kids we have tried:
- Over the counter lotions
- Over the counter steroid creams
- Oral allergy medications (to lessen the itching)
- Wet wraps per the advice of an allergist
- Oatmeal baths
- Rx steroid oils
- Rx steroid creams
- Elidel (Prescription, for my son)
- Allergy testing to eventually identify the cause of their issues
- Elimination diets
We have always used dye-free, scent-free detergents and soaps for them. I also have a 3rd child who is almost 8 years old and she has no major allergy or eczema issues, just occasional dry skin.
Q: What advice would you give to other mothers out there who are struggling to find ways to manage their child’s eczema?
A: First, speak with a physician, particularly one who is able to do allergy testing on children. In my opinion, if you cannot eliminate the root of the reaction, treating the skin will not do it. However, our experience has been that just eliminating allergens is not enough. The skin continues to be inflamed until it can heal. I would strongly advise parents to combine an allergy approach and a product like TrueLipids that is gentle, hypoallergenic and offers resources (like the blog) where you can continue to educate yourself on how to care for your child’s skin. Our experience was that no over-the-counter products worked for actually healing the skin, at best they made it feel moisturized until they wore off. I would imagine that if a parent has great success with over the counter methods, then they probably would not need to continue down the allergy/eczema path this far.
Q: The issue of cost seems to be a reoccurring theme, what would you say about the value this treatment has provided your family?
A: Well, the cost was an issue. But I pay a $50 copay every time I take my kids to the allergist ($50 each, and 2 kids seeing him = $100). So while the cost is not insignificant, it’s less than 3 office visits were and the results have been far better than any suggested or prescribed creams. Also, the money-back guarantee really swayed me. If I add up the cost of every bottle, tube, jar, and prescription of “stuff” I have put onto my kids so far, it’s way more than what I paid for this kit and I have no results to show for those! So yes, it’s expensive. But the value is absolutely worth it to have my child’s skin healed and healthy.
Thank you Jessica for taking the time to answer these questions and for sharing your story to our Facebook page. If you have a similar story, we encourage you to contact and share your experiences with us. We hope that this interview has helped to shed insight on our products and success with dramatically clearing up skin conditions, including eczema.