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Eczema Remedy Pleases Mother and Son

Q. My 3-year-old son has suffered with eczema on his legs and feet for two years. We treated it successfully with Elidel, but cancer concerns about its safety in children alarmed us. With consent from his doctor, we suspended its use.

I tried many creams to try to soothe his skin, but he cried about all of them, saying they hurt. I started using Noxzema moisturizer after reading about it on your website. Thankfully there were no tears from him.

To my great surprise, his skin responded almost immediately. Almost all traces of eczema are gone. We have been using this product for about three weeks, in the morning and evening, without washing it off. It has truly changed my young son’s life.

A. Many other readers have also reported that Noxzema can ease their skin irritation. This non-soap facial cleanser was developed in 1914. It was originally intended as a sunburn remedy but early reports that it was helpful for “knocking eczema” allegedly led to the name “no eczema” or Noxzema.

We discuss other approaches to treating eczema, from probiotics and other supplements to prescription medications such as Mimyx, in our Guide to Skin Care and Treatment.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Perhaps this link will answer some of the unanswered questions that people have asked:

I am so very thrilled to have stumbled upon this site! Since my son was born (3 in September ) we have been struggling to find a solution. I am so against the steroids as far as the inflammation, beginning to lose my faith in Aquaphor and Vaseline as moisturizers, I just really didn’t know what else to do…. Then I do a Google search for something regarding my skin problems and look what I find… I can’t wait to try this out, on me first I think, and then my son. Thank you for this repository of information Peoples Pharmacy. Now I’ll finish looking around…

I was wondering if after you put the noxzema on-do you still moisturize with additional cream..thanks

Can you please advise if the Noxzema deep cleansing cream or the Noxzema deep cleansing cream with moisturizers is the preferred version to use for eczema? I wanted to try it but not sure which one to buy. Thanks in advance!
People’s Pharmacy response: The one closest to the original is Noxzema deep cleansing cream. That is the one we would choose.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I have tried everything for my eczema and never got great results. After reading this I bought Noxema and have been using it like it stated in the article. What a difference in only a week! Thank you!!!!!

I did not know until three days ago that Noxzema could be used for eczema. I have scoured the internet looking for something that would help me and by God I just purchased the Wal Mart brand today 06/27/2013 and Oh My God what a difference it has made to the backs of my hands and the results were immediate. Thank you People’s Pharmacy for putting this out there.

Yes, but Neem oil stinks! Noxcema smells a lot better and probably cheaper and non-greasy.
But thanks for the hint.

Neem oil also works well. I had a patch of eczema behind my ear for ages. Put Neem oil on it once or twice and it disappeared.

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