Eczema affects 1 in 3 Australians at some stage of their lives, but there are some natural skincare products out there that can help, writes Sheshtyn Paola
In my late teens and early 20s, I suffered from really bad eczema.
It was all over my legs and sometimes appeared on my face and arms.
The doctor would prescribe me a strong corticosteroid cream, which would clear up some of the inflammation but only ever temporarily, and soon the eczema would be back.
This rash was uncomfortable, itchy, red, and embarrassing. I would often cover it up under long clothes (although this was obviously impossible when it was on my face).
Then I discovered making a few lifestyle changes – including cutting out personal products packed with fragrance and harsh chemicals – actually made all this difference.
This also involved switching from regular soap, which also can be full of fragrances, preservatives and harsh chemicals, to goat’s milk soap.
One of the first of the brands to develop such products was Billie Goat Soaps, which was created back in 2005 by a mum whose son was suffering from eczema.
After switching to Billie Goat Soap products and shampoo/conditioner without added fragrance, my eczema completely disappeared.
And back in 2010 when I first started using these products, they weren’t that common – I had to buy them in specialist natural health stores or order them from alternative health websites.
Now I’m so happy to see Billie Goat Soap and also Moo Goo products are found in pharmacies all across Australia – helping millions of Australians to naturally cure their annoying skin conditions!
However not all brands are created equal. I’ve noticed that some copycat brands have been riding the “goat’s milk” popularity wave, but if you look closely at the ingredients list there are still some harsh ingredients hidden inside them.
The Billie Goat range is specifically formulated with goat’s milk and naturally-derived ingredients such as sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and shea butter – and importantly, it’s free from parabens, SLS, colour and strong fragrances.
Billie Goat Soap has now added some new products to their range, including their Nature’s Remedy intensive moisturiser and Nature’s Remedy Milk and Honey soap.
“Sufferers are looking for products with naturally-derived ingredients as an alternative to topical steroids, or to work in a complementary way,” says Billie Goat Brand Manager, Tanya Nguyen.
“As the number of people suffering from these conditions increases, this simple-to-use three-step range was essential to the brand. We’ve worked hard to develop two new innovative products to join our Billie Goat family and combine that with a fresh new look.”
Billie Goat Soap has also created a permanent floorstand which is available free to pharmacies now.
The stand is grouped into categories including the Billie Goat Nature’s Remedy range targeted at dry, irritated skin, and the iconic Billie Goat Original Soap.
“The Billie Goat team has worked hard to create a natural inspired stand, that will stand out in pharmacies, features key product education and is easy for costumers to shop,” said Ms Nguyen.
As someone who has experienced this personally, I highly recommend all pharmacists suggest goat’s milk skincare products to patients who come into the pharmacy suffering from eczema, psoriasis and other skin issues – even those coming in with prescriptions for corticosteroid creams.
Some people just don’t know that these products exist and can really help!
*This is an unsponsored post and the personal opinion of the author.