Well it’s been a while since my last blog. As you may know I was testing out Shea Butter this last month. After a month I was ready to stop and write a review on it. In the meantime, I started using a popular cream to test out for my next review. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as expected to say the least as you will soon see:
The night that I stopped using the Shea Butter I took a shower and afterwards smeared a cream on me that is specifically for eczema sufferers. Everything seemed ok and I turned off the lights and went to bed. The next day when I woke up I noticed that I was having trouble seeing out of my left eye. I turned to the mirror and to my shock I discovered that face was blown up. I had swelling under my eye and also on my forehead. Both areas had been dry and I was battling a potential case of an eczema flareup. I didn’t have a rash the night before, but my skin was noticably dry. However, today I looked like I got into a fight with Mike Tyson… and lost.
I immediately took another shower without any soaps (worried about a reaction) and then I applied shea butter. The shea butter calmed the pain and itch for the most part. I had a relative’s wedding to attend to in two days and therefore I applied the shea butter religious throughout the day for the next two days. Although I still have signs of eczema and am still applying shea butter to counteract it, none-the-less the shea butter was able to reduce the swelling and redness enough that I looked semi-decent at the wedding… I hope (I haven’t seen the pictures yet).
So what’s the silver lining here? I discovered two things:
1. I’m allergic to something in that cream. Not sure yet what, but I have my thoughts. However, I don’t want to state anything until I am in contact with that company and confirm it with them. The point being is that finding out that you are allergic to something is a positive because once you are aware of what you are allergic to you know how to avoid it.
2. I gained a greater appreciation of Shea Butter and its affects. I hope to write up a review about it soon.
Another thing I gained from this experience is a valueable lesson about application. NEVER try something new without testing it EVEN if it states it is specifically formulated for eczema. ALWAYS test it out on a small spot first before liberally applying it over your body. This can be hard at times being that we usually want to apply something immediately when we are itching like crazy. Who wants to wait a day or two to test it before using it to stop that incrediable itch? Good Advice – Wait! Test First! No Matter What!