A hairdresser who was warned to give up her job because of severe eczema on her hands cured the condition in just two weeks with a £3.99 baby cream.
Nicole O’Dwyer, 21, from Tipperary, Ireland, has suffered from chronic eczema on her hands since birth and tried countless products on prescription including steroid cream and emollient moisturisers.
Frequently having her hands in water and using hair products made her condition even worse, and she was in constant agony.
But in July Nicole’s dad Kieran suggested she should try £3.99 Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, after he read about the product online.
Nicole started applying the cream regularly, and within two weeks her eczema had disappeared, leaving her able to carry out her job without any problems.
Nicole O’Dwyer, 21, from Tipperary, Ireland, pictured with her boyfriend Sean Breen, has suffered chronic eczema on her hands since birth
The trainee hairdresser’s condition got worse from immersing her hands in water all day long, but
Nicole said: ‘I have suffered with eczema for as long as I can remember. I have been going to appointments with doctors and dermatologists since I was a child and I have tried everything.
‘I’ve used steroid creams and emollients but I have never been able to get rid of the eczema. It has always flared back up.
‘I love my job as a hairdresser but it left my hands in agony. I am still a junior so the majority of my job involves washing hair.
‘Every time I came home from work I’d have to smother my hands in steroid cream and wear gloves to help it absorb quicker. I was in so much pain but I didn’t want it to get in the way of my job. I just tried to get on with it.’
Even though she smothered her hands in steroid cream every day after work, Nicole was still in agony (left). But after using Childs Farm cream her condition cleared up within two weeks (right)
Nicole gave up hairdressing for a year on the advice of her dermatologist but returned as she loved the job so much
Nicole enrolled at hairdressing college in 2013, but her hands became even more dry and painful as they constant use of water and products irritated the skin.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. However, it may also develop for the first time in adults.
Eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body.
From NHS UK
During an appointment with a dermatologist, Nicole was advised to give up hairdressing due to her eczema and even gave up her job for a year to work in retail.
But she was so keen to return to hairdressing she got another job in a salon even though it left her in agony.
‘When the dermatologist advised me to give up hairdressing I was heartbroken,’ she recalled.
‘She said I couldn’t keep putting my hands in water and hair products because of my eczema. I was absolutely devastated because I love my job and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.’
Thankfully her father Kieran came to the rescue after reading about Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, a British brand that uses naturally derived ingredients to produce mild products that care for the skin and hair of newborns, babies and children.
The products are suitable for adults too, and within two weeks Nicole was cured.
THE CURE: CHILDS FARM BABY MOISTURISER
According to Boots, the cream is so mild and gentle it is suitable for newborns and babies with sensitive skin and even newborns and babies with eczema prone skin
Over 98 per cent of the cream is naturally derived ingredients and it is free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours
It is clinically tested and user trialled and dermatologist tested and approved
According to Boots, 10/10 parents would recommend the paediatrician-approved cream to other parents of babies with sensitive skin and babies with medically diagnosed eczema
‘The eczema on my hands had cleared up completely. I couldn’t believe it,’ she said.
‘I’m currently applying the cream four times a day and the eczema hasn’t come back so far. I’m absolutely blown away by the results.’
Nicole is not the first to benefit from the company’s products.
Earlier this year, Paige Sweeney, 23, from Nottingham described how it started to cure her daughter Evie’s eczema within a matter of days.
The toddler would wake up every night, scratching herself until she bled, and Paige spent two years going back and forth to dermatologists trying to find a cure, and she was prescribed a range of antibiotics and steroid creams.
Nicole and her friend Lauren on a night out. The trainee hairdresser said the job is all she’s ever wanted to do
Childs Farm moisturiser is suitable for adults as well as babies. Right: Nicole’s hands after using the cream