Our family loves Neosporin for healing cuts and scrapes. You would be hard-pressed to ever find our medicine cabinet without a tube. That’s why I was particularly excited to have a chance to review the new Neosporin Essentials kit for treating eczema. As you may remember, from previous posts, my husband battles severe eczema on the knuckles of his right hand. In his work, his hands are exposed to lots of grease, oil and grime and he washes them often, so the dryness that goes along with frequent handwashing only serves to irritate and inflame his diagnosed condition, even more. Over the last several years, we have tried several different products and supplements, without much long-term change.
Neosporin Essentials products are formulated with ingredients that help attract, retain and lock in moisture to help skin to look healthy. They also make use of botanicals that can help to soothe dry irritated skin. Essentials is comprised of three products: Daily Body Wash, Daily Moisturizing Cream and an Anti-Itch Cream. David actually used the products twice a day, morning and evening, with additional applications of the lotion throughout the day. He loved the way his skin looked and felt immediately after using them. He felt like the body wash actually helped to lift away the dry layers of skin that normally build up over the affected area on his hand. After a day at work, his sore hand was ready for another treatment. Since we were aware that there is nothing that can cure eczema, we were simply hoping for an improvement in appearance and comfort in the long-term. Unfortunately, after a little over three weeks using the product every day, there really hasn’t been a significant change in appearance or comfort, other than within the first hour or so after use. The major benefit for David, was that there is less of a “build-up” of the dry flaky skin because it is easier to remove and wash away with the use of these products. While his eczema still flares every day and the redness hasn’t really subsided, he doesn’t experience the cracking and bleeding that the dry “build-up” caused, previously.
So, I guess you could say ours is a mixed review. While Neosporin Essentials didn’t provide long-term relief and change, it made some slight improvements in a severe eczema condition, immediately after use. The lotion absorbed quickly and did not leave David’s skin feeling greasy. The smoother, softer skin it produced lasted only a short while, however, before a new application was necessary. Cracking was reduced, but redness and itching remained essentially the same. In milder cases, with work conditions more conducive to healthy skin, it may well be enough to effect a dramatic difference. It just didn’t work that way for us.
Neosporin supplied a trial pack of Neosporin Essentials, through Mom Central, in order for me to test the products and conduct this review. I was provided a gift card to conduct the tests and write about my findings. A positive review was not required and as with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.