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Last updated on February 5th, 2017
I have some exciting news – I was able to help a baby get relief from eczema. The Eczema Company sent me their Yoro Naturals Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream to try. They say that this cream is one of the most successful products they sell to address the needs of skin with eczema. I used it on me, and it worked really well for the dry skin on my feet. But I wanted to know if it really works for eczema.
So I posted on my local mothers’ club forum and found a mom whose baby had severe eczema. Nancy was excited to try the eczema cream on her baby. She had tried lots of different products and had to resort to using hydrocortisone cream, which she did not like doing.
What is eczema?
Eczema is atopic dermatitis, a condition where the immune system overreacts and causes skin damage. The skin becomes dry, inflamed, and itchy.
Topical treatment is one of the ways to get relief from eczema, but this is often only a temporary solution. Many have found it effective to take a comprehensive approach and address the needs of both the immune system and the skin.
For ways to address the immune system, visit here.
Skin suffering from eczema needs a barrier so it can lock in moisture. Unfortunately, many doctors recommend petroleum-based skin products. In fact, the National Eczema Association recommends using coal tar, which is rated 10 out 10 (10 being the most toxic) in the Skin Deep database.
Ingredients of the Eczema Cream
With this said, let’s take a close look at the ingredients of the Yoro Naturals Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream.
Organic Olive Oil, Organic Beeswax, Filtered Water, Grape Seed Oil, Organic New Zealand Manuka Honey, Manuka Oil Extract.
As you can see from this list of ingredients of this eczema cream, no chemistry degree is needed to read these ingredients. Olive oil, grape seed oils and manuka honey are actually edible, so there are no toxic concerns there. Beeswax is excellent at creating the barrier we just talked about.
Manuka honey comes from bees pollinating the manuka bush in New Zealand and is known empirically for its healing properties, including antibacterial properties. Manuka oil comes from the leaves of the Manuka bush and also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Manuka oil is extracted by gently steaming the Manuka brush leaves at low temperatures to release the essential oil from the leaves.
As for side effects, the only known side effect of Manuka is spasmolytic action so if you are pregnant, do not use this cream or use gloves to apply it to your child.
How it worked on the baby
For full disclosure, shortly after Nancy started using the cream on the baby, the baby’s eczema got worse that she had to resort to hydrocortisone cream again. When it got a little better, she stopped hydrocortisone, and re-started using the Yoro Naturals Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream twice a day, which shows that eczema conditions depend on many different factors.
In fact, I understand that when you start to treat eczema, sometimes it will actually get worse before it gets better, and this is consistent with Nancy’s story.
This is how this poor baby looked when I first met him.
This is Nancy’s story in her own words,
“My 7-month old son had eczema since he was 3 months old. Like many others with eczema, we have tried many products with minimal results. That is until we had the opportunity to use this product. The Manuka Honey cream is very thick and creamy with a nice earthy scent. I found that it is easier to spread if lotion was applied prior to the cream. After the first day of applying the cream, his skin was very smooth, but there was still redness. The second day, his skin remained smooth and the redness had decreased. By the 3rd day his skin has cleared up significantly. And by the fourth day, his skin felt like the way it should, like a baby. His skin has not looked and felt so good since the day he was born. It is so nice to finally see him not scratch his skin! I can’t wait to take more pictures of him.”
This is how the baby looked on day 3. As you can see, there is a huge improvement. I couldn’t be happier that the baby got relief. And thank you to Nancy for agreeing to help test the eczema cream, and for sharing her pictures and story.
I can’t emphasize this enough: since eczema varies from person to person, there is no guarantee this product will work or will work immediately, for you or your baby. But Nancy’s story is certainly exciting. When she started using it, it got worse for a time, and then got better and went away. True, she interrupted its use to try the hydrocortisone (which hadn’t been working up to that point) when it got worse, but then resumed its use. And now it’s gone.
This is no clinical study, of course, as it is a story of only one person. There are reviews on Amazon you might want to read to make a decision. The product worked for some people and didn’t work for others, as you can see from the Amazon reviews.
According to the manufacturer, the Yoro Naturals Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream can also be helpful for psoriasis, rosacea, bug bites, minor cuts and scrapes as well. And I like using the Yoro Naturals Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream on my feet, which makes my feet very soft.
And lastly, I wanted to mention that there are no preservatives in the cream. Since Manuka has antibacterial properties and very little water is used, they can get away with no preservatives. This is good from a toxins standpoint, but requires a little bit of precaution on your part. Make sure you use it within 3 months as indicated on the jar, keep it in a cool place, and use clean hands or better yet a clean spoon to take the cream so you do not introduce harmful bacteria into the cream.
Where to buy
I would love your feedback in the comments. It makes me so happy to know that the products I find for you are working and helpful, especially for something as uncomfortable as eczema.
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