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Eczema, Steroid Phobia & Natural Alternatives

By Dr. Angela Donald, Naturopathic Doctor and Director of Medical Affairs Millions of people suffer from eczema, yet a surprising number of people have a phobia of the most commonly recommended treatment for eczema flare ups: steroids. In fact, research reveals that over 70% of patients have steroid phobia! Patients are concerned by the potential side effects of steroids which can include skin thinning, acne, and adrenal suppression. Fears about these side effects can lead patients to not fully comply with their prescribed treatment, which can impact the success of treatment or may cause the condition to worsen. Many people suffering from eczema are searching for natural alternatives to either use instead of steroid therapies, or to be used as a 'steroid holiday' to give a break between steroid treatments. Customers have shared their stories with Skinfix relating how happy they were to find an alternative that worked. In fact, our Eczema Balm has been an identified eczema treatment for over a century! However, at Skinfix we respect science as much as we believe in mother nature and we wanted to test our theory that a natural eczema therapy can work as well as a drug. This past year we partnered with Stephens and Associates Research facility in Colorado Springs and worked with Dr. Michael Babcock, MD, FAAD and Dr. Deborah Henderson, MD, FAAD to recruit people with dermatitis and/or eczema on the body. We then launched a 4-week double-blind, randomized controlled clinical study to prove that Skinfix Eczema Balm was equally effective to 1% hydrocortisone cream. Proving equivalence would be very exciting because it would mean that Skinfix Eczema Balm presented a natural alternative to a commonly recommended over the counter (OTC) eczema treatment. A total of 37 men and women who had clinically determined mild to moderate eczema were selected to participate in this trial. A baseline was conducted and then each participant was given their assigned treatment, either Eczema Balm or Hydrocortisone cream, and applied it on their eczema flare-ups 2 times per day. Participants were assessed at 2 and 4 weeks and efficacy of the treatments were measured by various tools:  SCORAD (an established, well recognized clinical tool used to assess the extent and severity of eczema, Investigator's Global Improvement Assessment (the dermatologists’ snapshot of overall disease severity, Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) (a validated 10-question questionnaire that assesses the impact of skin conditions on quality of life),  and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) (a well-accepted indication of skin barrier health). The results confirmed that Skinfix Eczema Balm is as safe and effective as 1% hydrocortisone cream for the treatment of eczema. In addition, it helps strengthen the skin barrier with continued use. This means that people living with eczema have another, natural and steroid free treatment option. Our Eczema Balm is formulated with natural active medicinal ingredients approved by the FDA and Health Canada for treating eczema including; Colloidal Oatmeal, Sweet Almond Oil, Zinc Oxide and Allantoin.  Skinfix Eczema Balm is a clinically proven alternative to steroid treatment, or you can consider using it in conjunction with prescription therapies. Everyone’s treatment is different – but we believe in the power of choice and healing your skin on your terms.

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