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I have a friend who has a bad skin problem, whenever he washes his face the skin around his mouth and nose starts to peel off. He went to a dermatologist and she said that its eczema and she gave him some cream for it. But he is a vegan and won't use it because its most likely tested on animals and probably doesn't have vegan ingreidents anyway. Does anyone know if there is a vegan cream for this or maybe something else that could help with the dryness?<br><br>
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This is a really hard issue. I've had eczema since high school (for about 5 years). It's on my legs and chest, and not face, but I have very sensitive skin on my face too. I tried for years to use all sorts of anti-itch creams, natural and not natural, all sorts of lotions, and all sorts of soaps. Sadly, my conclusion has had to be a non-vegan steroid cream like your friends, because nothing else would help me. I don't know how bad his is, but mine gets so unbelievably unbearable (way worse then the worst poison ivy or mosquito bite), and I just had to sacrifice my morals against animal testing to help myself... Unfortunately this is often a reality to a lot of serious medical issues in our day and age because science isn't making vegan alternatives yet.<br><br><br><br>
What I can suggest, however, are some things that can help reduce the symptoms a little. Because eczema is related to dryness, the key is to keep yourself as moisturized as possible at all times. It is especialy important to make sure you put a lot of moisturizer on right after showers, because that is when we lose the most moisture. So, my suggestion would be, although not very fun, to try out as many different senstive skin soaps (ideally with little to no fragrance or drying properties like glycerin), and lotions (with low water content, and high moisture content and little to no fragrance) until he finds one that helps reduce the symptoms.<br><br><br><br>
Other things to keep in mind are that eczema symptoms tend to be triggered by stress, so reducing stress is important. I think because it is his face that is being effected, keeping good sun protection is key as well, because heat tends to also make it flare up.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps, and I hope he finds a good solution.
 

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Arbonne has a lot of hydrating vegan products that they recommend for eczema. Let me know if your friend is interested, and I can pull up some specific suggestions for the best products. I'd be happy to help him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I wanted to send him this, but i wasn't sure since its more than just dry skin<br><br><a href="http://www.origins.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5813&PRODUCT_ID=PROD4411" target="_blank">http://www.origins.com/templates/pro...CT_ID=PROD4411</a><br><br>
and<br><br><a href="http://www.origins.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5809&PRODUCT_ID=PROD49" target="_blank">http://www.origins.com/templates/pro...DUCT_ID=PROD49</a><br><br>
Because he doesn't really use anything to wash his face, just water and nothing after that. I was thinking that could be making it worse but I don't want to send him anything that will hurt him.
 

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I don't know about vegan or non-vegan, but have him go to his doctor and get some Elocon cream (now sold as a generic: mometasone furoate). It works well.
 

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For in-depth treatment I would suggest homeopathy. In omnis it is generally supposed that cutting out all dairy will help a lot, but since your friend is vegan I suppose dairy is not the problem. However, he may want to address the underlying sensitivity and I am convinced homeopathy has some answers for this condition.<br><br>
(not all homeopathic remedies are vegan btw, so caution is in order there as well !)
 

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mometsone furoate IS a steroid cream, and it it's likely what your friend was already put on, am I right? And what he doesn't want to use because it is not vegan. Like I already mentioned, I had to resort to it because I couldn't find any natural remedies for my eczema. But the constant moisturizer, avoiding stress, and avoiding irritating factors to the skin such as itchy clothing direct contact with the sun (without sunscreen) and hot showers, are what really help relieve symptoms for me, at least for a little while.<br><br><br><br>
I also want to mention that the steroid creams/ointments are intended to be used very sparingly, because they cause the skin to thin. On my legs they have created stretch marks. So if your friend does decide to use his cream, make sure you let him know to not be too dependent of it and to only use it when flare ups get unbearable.
 

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Even if it's been tested on animals, he already has it in his possession; meaning either he or the doctor (if he gave it to him for free) has paid for it. The object of not buying things that are tested on animals is to refrain from giving money to that industry. That's already paid for. I say use it, if that's his only issue.
 
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