Earlier this week I was lucky to be invited to an exclusive La Roche-Posay baby skincare masterclass in the lovely Iveagh Garden’s Hotel in Dublin. As a long time eczema sufferer myself, and a mum to a child with eczema, I was really interested in this event.
It may have been called a baby masterclass but we all know that La Roche-Posay isn’t just for babies so I felt I would pick up some great tips for myself and Sarah’s skin. Consultant Dermatologist Dr Niki Ralph and La Roche-Posay Skin Expert Janette Ryan were the top dogs at the top table, while mum-of-two Pippa O’Connor, presented the masterclass.
I thought I knew quite a lot about treating atopic prone skin because, well, I have been doing it all my life. However, I did learn some new things at the event. The first one of those is that water is, in fact, not an enemy of problem skin! Since I discovered Sarah had eczema I avoided bathing her as much as possible. Now don’t get me wrong, the child hasn’t been going around with a pong off her, but I kept baths to the bare minimum because I was of the opinion water made eczema way worse.
Well, according to dermatologist Dr Niki Ralph I should actually be bathing Sarah every day, using a non-fragranced product such as the La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Syndet. You learn something every day!
Speaking at the event Dr Ralph said: “It is advisable to bathe one’s baby once daily for a couple of minutes as an infant, and then gradually increasing to five to seven minutes as they grow but no longer than ten minutes for a child. Babies should not be exposed to any fragranced products, instead opting for gentle emollients such as La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Syndet. Once they are bathed they should have a layer of emollient applied to the entire skin and then be clothed in cotton clothing. For babies who develop eczema or are from a high risk family they may have emollients applied with each nappy change.”
At the event we were all treated to a big goodie bag of La Roche-Posay products, which was so generous. However, if you are reading this, I’m not going to sit back and tell you how amazing all these products are because, let’s be honest here, I haven’t used them on Sarah.
Eczema and La Roche-Posay
Instead I’m going to put them, and the advice of Dr Niki to the test. The picture below is one of the back of Sarah’s legs this week. As you can see her eczema is rather red and angry so for that reason I’m starting a routine of washing her daily with La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Syndet, followed by a layer of La Roche-Posay’s Lipikar Baume AP+ after her bath and the La Roche-Posay’s Cicaplast Baume B5 should it get any worse. All of these products are suitable from birth by the way! I will post picture updates on my social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) so you can see for yourself if the products work or not. Who said all bloggers were just trying to sell you things, eh?!
I will admit that I’m already a huge fan of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo-Kids Sun Lotion because it’s the one and only children’s sun protection that didn’t bring Aidan and Sarah out in a rash. While their Cicaplast Baume B5 is something every parent should have at home. This stuff works wonders on nappy rash, teething rash, cuts and grazes and so much more. We always make sure to never run out here at Chambers HQ.
So there you have it, that’s what I got up to on my trip to the BIg Smoke on Tuesday. And don’t forget to keep an eye on my social media pages to see if our new La Roche-Posay routine improves Sarah’s itchy eczema.
PS: And speaking of children’s health, check out this post on supplements and read how they have transformed my son’s behaviour.