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My son has excema. Not sure if I spelled that right. I have unrefined shea butter that I sell to my customers that I was use on him. We are African American and like with coco butter it can only be used at night, if used during the day the heat causes the skin to darken more. With his skin condition he has to constantly moisturize because if not his skin gets very dry,itchy and ashy. At the age of 4 he understands his skin condition very well. I have triedthe soy lotion, but it doesn't last long. Can anyone tell me what the goats milk lotion is like. Is it thick in texture or kind of looselike the soy? Oh we live in Miami and the heat is a big factor here, tht's why we can't use any of the butters during the day. It literally cooks the skin.

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Tasha, my son had terrible eczema. Things that helped him were Eucerin cream or Cetaphil lotion and handmade soap (CP or HP, not MP). The shea butter didn't do much for him alone - so I would put on some Cetaphil and once it had penetrated his skin I would seal it in with shea butter - especially at night. Cetaphil is amazing for soaking in, Eucerin sticks like anything so I like to use that too.

You didn't ask, and I'm sure you already know this stuff, but as the mother of a sufferer I cannot help but pass this on:

Also quick cool baths (or even showers) and NO BUBBLE BATH. Cotton clothes are best to minimize sweating. And give him a quick wash every night cause sweat is really irritating. VEGETABLES in the diet are key.

If the doctor recommends cortisone cream DO use it (besides being uncomfortable, raw skin is prone to infection), but ask first as long-term use can be problematic.

Have him drink a lot of water. Not soda.

Food allergies have been implicated, so consider taking him to an allergist - and as eczema and asthma are strongly linked you might want a doctor who is an asthma/allergy specialist.

Goats milk lotion could be of any texture -

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Thanks CareBear,

He does have asthma(compliments of his father). I tried the eucerin and dove lotions. I use Dove soap to bath him, All Free detergent for laundry and I wash his clothes seperate from everyone else. He doesn't have any allergies. He wasn't diagnosed with the eczema until he was almost 2 because his doctor wanted to rule out everything else before saying that it was eczemza. We did the prescription lotion and many other exspensive things but they did not help. He has what she calls the mild form of eczema, his skin gets dry and itchy. He doesn't get the dry rashy looking patches or the sores that can come from the severe cases. Fortunate for me water is his favorite thing to drink. His doctor was actually the one who suggested that I look for a more natural mosturizer with the least amount of chemicals as possible. Hince the coco/shea butter and the soy lotion. A vegan co-worker of mine suggested the goats milk lotion but it's not something that she has used herself.

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Thanks CareBear,

He does have asthma(compliments of his father). I tried the eucerin and dove lotions. I use Dove soap to bath him, All Free detergent for laundry and I wash his clothes seperate from everyone else. He doesn't have any allergies. He wasn't diagnosed with the eczema until he was almost 2 because his doctor wanted to rule out everything else before saying that it was eczemza. We did the prescription lotion and many other exspensive things but they did not help. He has what she calls the mild form of eczema, his skin gets dry and itchy. He doesn't get the dry rashy looking patches or the sores that can come from the severe cases. Fortunate for me water is his favorite thing to drink. His doctor was actually the one who suggested that I look for a more natural mosturizer with the least amount of chemicals as possible. Hince the coco/shea butter and the soy lotion. A vegan co-worker of mine suggested the goats milk lotion but it's not something that she has used herself.

Commercial soap contains alot of harsh detergents... and this might be what can be irritating him more. If I were you, I'd find someone who makes handmade goat milk soap with added oatmeal with no fragrance (if you can't find anyone locally... ask around here... alot of people on here make handmade soap), and I would use this to cleanse him instead of the Dove soap. After about a two week use with this... you'll probably see a difference in his skin. I'm speaking from experience here... this has worked for me. And to repeat what Carebear said... Cetaphil lotion is the best out there. And they also have Cetaphil Cleanser to wash your body with (it's with the facial cleansers at department stores). This is what I had to wash my son with when he was a newborn. His skin peeled like crazy for the first three weeks of his life! And the combo of the Cetaphil Cleanser and Cetaphil lotion worked on him.

But to sum it all up... I'd stay away from the Dove Soap...

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Thanks CareBear,

He does have asthma(compliments of his father). I tried the eucerin and dove lotions. I use Dove soap to bath him, All Free detergent for laundry

Good choice on the detergent - you want to avoid detergents with enzymes (so don't use Tide Free, even). Do a double rinse cycle for his clothes to get all the detergent out.

Dove soap is not, in my experience, a good choice. Doctors recommended it for my son and we used it but when we switched to a handmade soap the eczema faded very soon. I believe Dove is actually a detergent and some people are sensitive to it. I personally believe this contributed to my son's skin problems.

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I make goat milk soap (not trying to sell here) and I have given unscented soap to my secretary for her husband. He has had dry flaking cracking skin on his forearms for a long time. It is made worse due to the work he does. After using my soap for 3 or 4 months, he no longer has a problem. He won't use any soap but mine now. I give him soap that isn't pretty (would not sell) and he is a happy person plus it keeps my secretary happy too.

There are a lot of people that make goat milk soap and I recommend buying from someone using fresh whole goat milk. It is different (in my opinion) than soap made with powdered goat milk or canned goat milk. I also recomend buying unscented since the fragrances can cause problems.

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Ida from Chagrin Valley Craft has some awesome soaps.

http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com/soapbars.htm

She has a goat's milk, honey and oatmeal soap that's unfragranced too. Here's an excerpt from the desc and ingredients from her webby:

It is said that Cleopatra took daily baths in goat’s milk. It has been used for years to moisturize & soothe dry skin, as well as to heal eczema & other skin conditions. Goat Milk is one of nature’s finest moisturizers. Alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in Goat milk are believed to have rejuvenating effects on skin's cells. Oatmeal soothes sensitive skin. This gentle soap is a perfect marriage of oatmeal, goat's milk, & honey. The oatmeal exfoliates with a gentle touch as the honey traps and seals in moisture leaving skin soft and supple. The goat's milk lends a rich, creamy, and silky quality to the lather. The ground oatmeal provides a pleasant warm scent that blends delightfully with the milk and honey aroma. Many of our customers have reported that Goat Milk Honey Oatmeal soap has helped clear up their eczema.

Ingredients: Saponified oils of olive, palm, palm kernel, coconut, grapeseed, rice bran, shea butter; organic canola, castor bean, and wheat germ; goat's milk; oatmeal; raw honey; cornstarch; and vitamin E oil.

I haven't tried this soap, but I've tried some of her other soaps and I love them.

Her Honey Butter soap looks good as well, no fragrance either, I'm probably ordering one of those next round.

EDIT:

Went through my bookmark folder of "Candletechies' Sites" and found a few others :)

AJ's Country Cottage has one that's just pure goat's milk:

http://www.ajscountrycottage.com/Natural-Soap-p-21.html

Indulging Scentsations has another OMH one:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7095777

Northern Lights has some too:

http://www.sherolyn.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9_32

Sonflower Springs Specialty Shoppe:

http://www.sonflowersprings.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=HandmadeSoaps

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