Monday, 26 January 2015

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive - Review*

I have suffered with eczema for quite a few years, but it's only in the past year it has become particularly bad. In fact it's unbearable at times. Although I know my hands look dry and red I didn't think they looked that bad so I wasn't too bothered by their appearance. However I became quite self-conscious of them after a few people on my university course (yes, adults!) were like 'eurgh are your hands ok?' and acting as if I had some sort of contagious disease!

After trying many emollients and steroid creams I can't seem to get the eczema to go, and my doctor said that some types of eczema just stay with you, unfortunately. The steroid creams I use are very strong and they shouldn't be used for long periods of time as they thin the skin, so I've been using a mixture of both steroids and emollients to try and keep my eczema under control. They don't seem to make much of a difference for me though.

I have been sent a tube of Bioderma's Atoderm Intensive emollient* to try out and this post is going to show you how it has helped my eczema over the past few weeks. I was so excited to try it because I am so fed up of steroid creams! It's a lengthy post but I'm hoping it will help any fellow eczema suffers out!







Before
Below are some pictures of my hands a few weeks ago when I had been using a mixture if Aveeno, E45, Aqueous Cream and steroids. As you can see they didn't seem to be working! I didn't want to gross you out too much so you'll be pleased to know that I haven't included any pictures of the cuts or blisters I get on my hands (the bits that cause people to say 'ewww!'). 






How does it work?
The patented Skin Barrier Therapy works to prevent bacteria (staphylococcus aureus) from multiplying on the skin and causing irritation, and the penetration of allergens, both known to irritate the skin and causing dryness. The Lipigenium complex is made up of biolipids that work to restore the skin's barrier.

What I love most about Bioderma's emollient is that it stops my hands from itching (thanks to anti-itching ingredient PEA). This is great for me because not only is itching annoying and not nice for the people around me, it stops me from cutting open the skin, preventing it from healing and also increasing the chance of it becoming infected. Unfortunately mine get infected quite often. 


After
After using it for 2 weeks alongside my steroid cream my hands look just slightly dry as you can see below. I have continued using it for a further 2 weeks and there isn't really much difference to what you can see below, so it seems like they will stay like this. I have been using Bioderma every night under cotton gloves, and mixing it with my steroid cream just once a week. 




Looking at these pictures you wouldn't think I suffer from eczema, it does flare up some days though due to the gloves I wear in the lab, touching fruit, or even feeling stressed.

A little goes a long way with this and the first few times I used it I was putting on far too much. If you only use a small amount it all soaks in and isn't greasy, so I tend to use just a little bit if I use it in the daytime and at night I put on a bit more wearing cotton gloves over the top.




Although it is fairly expensive (the cheapest I have found is £13 for 200 mL - let me know if you find it anywhere else for less!), my 200 mL bottle has lasted me over a month so far and I still have about half of it left. When I compare this to the likes of Aveeno cream and E45 where I go through each bottle very quickly, I think the Bioderma cream is definitely worth the price, especially with it's added benefits and how I effective I find it to be compared to the others.

I know my eczema is never going to completely disappear but it's great that I now have the worst of it under control. For me, the best thing about Atoderm Intensive is that it stops the itching and prevents infection (as a result of the reduction of bacteria), I found that other emollients actually made the itching worse! So even if my skin still looks a bit red and dry, at least I don't have large dry patches, cuts or infected blisters anymore.



I'm very happy to have found a cream that does everything I want it to and will definitely buy another tube when this one runs out. I'm feeling much happier and a lot less self-conscious now that my hands feel and look much better than they did a few weeks ago. I'm so relieved that I'm not constantly scratching my hands now too!

I hope this review has helped anyone else that suffers with eczema! Any questions then feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email (button in the side bar) :)



*Sample

3 comments:

  1. Wow - it looks like this cream really helped you! Your pictures are really good, they show a great representation of the creams effect. x

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  2. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water...apply with cotton wool to your eczema. After 15 minutes, apply the atoderm cream over this. It stopped my daughters itch and took away the redness.

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