One of Amy Roberts’ earliest memories is of being swaddled in cream-covered bandages to soothe her irritated skin.
Amy, 24, was has faced severe eczema for years but says she’s finally found some relief – in the form of a £7.99 cream.
Amy, of Glasgow, had tried 30 different prescribed lotions, including steroid creams, with little effect on her angry, itchy, and cracked skin, before finding Balmonds Skin Salvation cream, which costs £7.99 for 30ml.
After reading reviews that claimed the balm was good for eczema, the nursery worker decided to give it a go – and was blown away by the results.
Following use of the balm for two weeks, Amy said people commented on how much better she looked, and she felt a significant drop in the pain of her skin.
‘My skin completely changed,’ said Amy. ‘It stopped feeling fiery, stopped flaking and people even started to compliment me – telling me my skin looked really nice.’
The cream is made of hemp, beeswax, olive and sunflower oils, which Amy says has soothed her dry and cracked skin.
It won’t work for everyone and definitely isn’t a magical perfect-for-all cure, but the cream might be worth a try for anyone whose skin needs soothing.
For Amy, it’s a ‘miracle’ to find something that works after years of pain.
‘I suppose I isolated myself, especially at High School, because I knew I was different and felt self-conscious about my eczema,’ she said.
‘I remember other children not wanting to hold my hands, because my skin was so dry and cracked.
‘I didn’t have the power or support of social media, from other eczema sufferers sharing their stories, so it was very isolating.’
With eczema flare-ups sometimes covering her whole body, Amy’s eczema without the cream feels like it’s on fire.
‘My skin will feel like it is burning’” she said. ‘Sometimes it’s been so bad that only a very hot shower has relieved the pain.’
She discovered the cream after visiting Glasgow’s Health and Allergy Show, following tests that revealed she was ‘allergic to just about every known allergen’.
She found the Balmonds cream among the products on offer and decided to give it a go.
‘It was amazing,’ she said. ‘After a few weeks, my skin was feeling much better.’
Amy has no plans to go back to her prescribed creams.
‘I can see where I’ve used those prescribed creams, on my hands and around my eyes,’ she says. ‘The skin there is definitely thinner, so now I try really hard not to use steroids and to find other treatments.
‘I just don’t want to use the prescribed creams anymore.
‘I used to think the doctor must always be right, but now I realise I can find some great treatments, if I go out and look for them myself.’
Amy has found support in her battle with eczema online. Now she’s found something that helps, she’s started an Instagram page to share her story – and to encourage other people to not feel ashamed of their skin.
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