Some time ago someone said to me to put some oats in a muslin cloth, tie it up and use it in the bath for my Psoriasis, either soaking it and running along my skin or just letting it sit in the water while I bath. Now for a sceptic like me, putting oats in a cloth seems like an old wives tail. Lately though I have been hearing about it again and from a lot of different sources. I’m still not convinced about just putting oat is in cloths but thought I’d see what products are out there.
A certain brand, Aveeno seems to be mentioned a lot so I had a look on the net to see where it’s available and how much it costs. Cost is quite a big factor when you’re already using several prescription treatments. As I never use these off the shelf products on their own, but alongside my prescribed treatments, it makes costs even more important. It’s actually not too badly priced in comparison with some other moisturisers and body washes and as Boots had it at a third off, I thought I’d give it a whirl.
I bought three products. Their hand cream with colloidal oatmeal (whatever that may be), a body wash and body lotion. It took me quite a while as they have several ranges and I have no idea what half (maybe more) of it means. I went for the lotion as it said it’s suitable for eczema (yes I know I don’t have eczema but quite a few product for it work on psoriasis too). I thought I’d try this properly, hence going for three products, may as well have the full kit and see what happens.
So far I’ve been fairly impressed. I only started using it 2 days ago and have noticed my skin isn’t as tight, especially on my legs which are the main problem. I wish I had taken some before photos but here are some pictures now and I will try to add some each week to show how it goes (or doesn’t). Saying that it took me ages to decide to show the pictures on the images tab, so you may have to wait a while for any more to be posted.
The body wash I’m not too sure about. I mean it may be helping but my skin feels dryer after a shower with that than with the Eucerin bath & shower remedy I’ve been using lately. However, I do feel cleaner and the Aveeno body lotion does seem to work well in putting that moisture back. In fact I’d say it has kept my skin moisturised longer than the Diprobase I usually use.
The hand cream is good. Soaks into the skin well and isn’t too greasy once dry. It definitely lasts longer than a specialist cream I have but despite their claim that it lasts through washing hands, piffle to that. I don’t even have that much psoriasis on my hands these days but they felt very dry after washing my hands and I had to put more cream on. Personally I don’t believe any moisturiser that says it lasts through washing your hands. So again, I say piffle to that claim. Other than that it is one of the better hand creams I’ve come across.
I write this having just got home from work and before putting any more cream on. My legs are a little itchy but not the usual intense itch I expect at this time of day., which is good as I tend not to use my Dovobet Gel as I’ve found it can stain my clothes. I’m certainly not putting it on in the morning when I’m about to put on a suit. What I’ve been looking for is a moisturiser that will at least last until I get home, I then moisturise again, let it soak in and put my Dovobet on.
Like I say, so far so good but I’m not holding out for any miracles here. Also I don’t’ think the Aveeno would work on it’s own. With all Psoriasis treatments I’ve tried, it’s about finding the right balance. Also what works for me may not work for you. Anyway, I will try to keep you posted as to how this new combination of treatments works.
Update – 30/04/12
I have been using the lotion, hand cream and body wash for two weeks now. So far there’s a better feel to my skin. I haven’t had that tight burning sensation that I often get, especially on the parts of my body where the psoriasis isn’t really affecting me. My hands certainly have improved and on one hand you can barely notice the patch, in fact I only know where to look for it becuase I’m used to it. My skin just feels more comfortable generally. The psoriasis itself I don’t think has been improved except for maybe that I’m not as flaky as I was.
You have to remember that I have continued my usual Dovobet Gel treatment as well while trying Aveeno products. Over the last few days though I’ve found it’s better if I use Aveeno to wash with one day and Eucerin the next. Trying to stop my skin getting used to one product. I find this does sometimes work better than using exacty the same stuff day in day out.
I know I still haven’t shown my legs off yet and to be honest it’s not really because of my skin, they’re just not a pretty sight generally. I have the images tab on here of my last big flare up and going to leave it at that for now.