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Our Eczema Treatment Strategy

Before I became a Mom, I had no clue what eczema even was. I remember a lot of parents in my childcare setting talking about their children having bouts with eczema, but it always looked different on each kid. 

Then, when Sophia started having patches of bumps, raised red skin on her inner thighs, I had no clue what it was. I assumed some type of rash, but I never even thought about eczema as I still really didn’t understand the skin condition. 


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Luckily, a friend who is a Dermatologist PA told me quite quickly that is exactly what the patches were and told me how to take care of them. 

She recommended a bottom layer of hydrocortisone cream and a top layer of a thick lotion like an Aquaphor. I did a bit of research and went one step further with the exederm Flare Control Cream. 


This is our personal experience of how the eczema and contact dermatitis flares up on Sophia. The combination helps control the itchiness of her patches and clear them away.

Exederm Flare Control Cream is the only paraben-free hydrocortisone cream available in US. It is also the first and only hydrocortisone product to receive the National Eczema Association’s coveted Seal of Acceptance with a perfect 5 out of 5 score.

This combination usually takes out any spots on her skin within 2 days, max. It’s like a little eczema treatment miracle for us – and hopefully you too!


To help prevent the flare ups in the first place, I’ve been using this exederm intensive baby moisturizer. 

It’s a thick, but still super smooth, lotion that goes right into the skin without a greasy aftermath. It’s extremely hydrating so that when we use it regularly, we really alleviate Sophia’s eczema issues.

I choose exederm because there are…

  • No Fragrance
  • No Color or Dyes
  • No Parabens
  • No Lanolin
  • No SLS or SLES
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Phthalates

And because their products are made with the simplest ingredients to avoid any eczema triggers.

exederm products are available at a variety of retailers both in store and online, including Amazon where products range from $4.99 – $14.99, depending on the product.

Do you have a loved one that suffers with Eczema and/or Contact Dermatitis? 
What is your go-to eczema treatment?


Friday 7th of February 2014

For my eczema I usually try to go for the most natural products I can coconut oil or shea butter for moisturizing :) Haven't checked out products from exederm yet...are all of theirs specifically for eczema? How has your experience with paraben-free hydrocortisone cream gone? I used to use this type of cream before, but I would notice that as soon as I stopped, I would get an eczema break-out again.....does this happen with this cream?

Thanks in advance, really interesting post! :)

Lindsey Galvez

Friday 7th of February 2014

Maria - if I use this combo, it works and totally takes the spots away as long as I use the combo until it's gone. We've actually discovered that most of Sophia's flare ups are from a food allergy. She was recently diagnosed and once we cut out dairy in her diet, she's had very minimal problems! As far as if exederm is made specifically for eczema - I don't THINK so. The products can be used on any skin, but their for even the most sensitive of skins, which makes it perfect for those who do suffer from eczema. Thanks for your comment!


Friday 9th of August 2013

I notic the exederm mentions being lanolin free. Is lanolin bad for eczema? I've been thinking of switching my LO to wool diaper covers because I noticed he was getting eczema flares mostly where his skin rubbed against his PUL covers. But wool covers need lanolin, so.....? Bad idea?


Friday 9th of August 2013

Ohhh - good question, Melissa!  I'm really not sure about that, as I used wool on Sophia when she was still in diapers at night.  She did have patches on her thighs.  Although, I don't think that's what CAUSED them because she still has them sometimes now, but it could have maybe irritated them?  I really can't say for sure though. Maybe you could just try but be diligent about watching to see if it makes it worse?