Stella & Nova's Story
Mum Stella and Daughter Nova have shared their eczema journey together since Nova was just four weeks old. Here, Stella tells us about the trauma of TSW, Nova’s bath time routine, and why Epaderm has always been their go-to product.
“Nova’s had eczema from about four weeks old,” explains Stella, a fitness instructor and mum of three. “She also has anaphylaxis, which we found out a little bit later. And sometimes that irritates her skin.”
“So we use Epaderm to calm down any redness or dryness, any irritation, and it works wonders for all of those different reasons.”
As for Stella, she hadn’t had eczema since she was a child. But then, after the hormonal changes of stopping breastfeeding, she suddenly had a flare-up.
“I was given quite strong steroids,” she says. “I was on them for a period of time, and after stopping them I went into a full body flare. Never had anything like that before in my life. Bright red, like sunburn, everywhere. Red hot, stinging, burning.”
After doing a bit of research, Stella realised her symptoms matched those of Topical Steroid Withdrawal, or TSW. “It’s a bit controversial, but all the symptoms listed are exactly what I went through. The wet skin, the irregular body temperature, the swelling, oedema, of the feet. It was quite a traumatic time. Very, very difficult.”
Stella and Nova tried a “whirlwind” of products to help with their conditions, but all of them seemed to irritate Nova’s sensitive skin. But then they found Epaderm.
“First application, she said ‘Oh Mummy, this doesn’t sting!’ It was amazing,” says Stella. “And I found it helped to relieve the tightness, soreness and burning sensation that I experienced.”
Now, Epaderm Ointment is the cornerstone of their bedtime and bath time routines.
“I apply it quite liberally, just to build a barrier for the bath and lock in the moisture – even on the parts where she doesn’t have eczema.”
“And even though she’s covered, it’s not too slippery in the bath. It just melts away. And we found that we only have to apply minimal moisturiser after, because the formula is just kind of enough.”
“It’s been working for us wonderfully.”
A few years on, Stella and Nova take a pot of Epaderm with them wherever they go, just in case of irritation.
Stella also uses it to help protect her skin while she’s teaching fitness classes. “Before, I’d have irritation after teaching. The sweat would just sting.” Now she applies moisturiser first to help calm things down. “It’s a really nice barrier."
“It was a long, long journey before we found Epaderm,” Stella concludes. “But it works well for both of us. Epaderm is our go-to product.”
Nova's Bath Time Routine
Epaderm Ointment 500g
Do not use if you are sensitive to any of the ingredients listed. If your condition worsens or you experience any undesirable effects, stop using Epaderm cream and discuss with your health care professional. For external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use if the seal is broken or after the expiry date. Keep out of the reach of children. Fire Hazard. Do not smoke or go near naked flames; clothes & bedding with this product dried on them can catch fire easily.
Made in the UK
from globally-sourced ingredients
fragrances, colouring, SLS, paraben and steroids
All ages, including babies
Moisturises and softens
providing a film barrier which aids moisture retention