Friday, October 7, 2016

Cetaphil RESTORADERM Stop the "Itch-Scratch" Cycle + {Giveaway}

Lil Pumpkin has been suffering from eczema since she was a wee little bub. Sometimes it disrupts her sleep with all the scratching, and sometimes she scratches until her skin bleeds..

As a mum, it really pains me when she does that.

I still remember that even when she was barely 2 months old, we had to bring her to see a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre because she had such a bad flare-up that caused her face to be so swollen!!! Oh my..

Eczema could be caused by genetics and Lil Pumpkin may have it since I suffer from eczema too #sorrydear However, I read that eczema could also be caused by a combination of other factors like abnormal function of the immune system, environment, activities that may cause skin to be more sensitive and defects in the skin barrier that allow too much moisture out and irritants in.

It is pretty common I reckon, especially with kids. So many of my mummy friends complain about their kids having this skin condition and we've spent many hours sharing tips on how we deal with the problem heh.

So far, hubby & I have managed to keep Lil Pumpkin's eczema under good control with diet, medication, luke-warm showers, educating her to understand her condition & have self-control, and lots and lots of moisturising.. Yes, moisturising plays a key part!

Eczema-prone skin genetically lacks filaggrin {protein that is vital for skin cells to mature properly to form the outermost protective layer of our skin } and natural moisturising factors {NMFs}; this predisposes a person to skin inflammation and constant itching. Scratching in turn worsens the skin inflammation and causes more itching, hence kick-starting the “Itch-Scratch” cycle.

Using a good moisturiser can help to alleviate this problem we find. My parents used Cetaphil on me as a kid to deal with my eczema so when Lil Pumpkin showed signs of hers, I started using that on her too. Last year, I had a sudden flare-up of eczema on my whole body & my dermatologist introduced me to their new range, Cetaphil RESTORADERM.

Cetaphil RESTORADERM is specially formulated for those with itchy, very dry and eczema-prone skin. Gentle, fragrance- and preservative-free, the range includes a Skin Restoring Body Wash and Body Moisturizer that work together to increase and retain moisture content by supplementing the natural moisturising factors of the skin while strengthening the damaged skin barrier.

It worked pretty well for me so now Lil Pumpkin is using the wash for her showers and as much as possible, we try to moisturise Lil Pumpkin with the Body Moisturizer twice a day - once in the morning and after her night bath. With her skin properly moisturised and protected, her skin is less dry and irritated.

If I remember correctly, she has not had a flare-up since she started using Cetaphil RESTORADERM #yay And yes, we even bring the Body Moisturizer along when we travel, especially when the weather is cold and dry haha..

Cetaphil RESTORADERM used to be available only at clinics, hospital pharmacies and polyclinics. It now comes with a new look and from this month onwards, it will be readily available at all leading retail pharmacies like Guardian, Watsons and Unity. So much more convenient to purchase!!

This is something we use ourselves on a regular basis, and I highly recommend it to anyone I know that has eczema problems. Eczema is a chronic life-long condition, and while we don't expect it to go away completely, if we manage it properly with a gentle cleanser and daily moisturising, it should improve.

Find out more handy eczema skincare tips on Cetaphil Singapore's Facebook page.

For my own special friends & blog readers, I've THREE Cetaphil RESTORADERM Skin Restoring Body Wash and Body Moisturizer Set {worth S$79.80} to give away!! As part of a 2-step daily regime, it soothes, replenishes and protects itchy, very dry and eczema-prone skin for long-lasting relief. Suitable for all ages, including babies as young as 3 months old.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

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4. Leave me a blog comment telling me how eczema affects your lives + FB name you used to like the page + name you used to subscribe to the newsletter. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment.

Bonus entry:
1. Follow @AiSakuraHaruka and @CetaphilSG on Instagram
2. Repost this photo on IG & tag @AiSakuraHaruka @CetaphilSG #ASHxCetaphilGiveaway #CetaphilSG + your FB name. Make sure your post is public!

THREE random winners will be chosen. Just complete all 4 simple steps + bonus entry {if you like}!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Sunday, 16 Oct 2016 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced by Tuesday 18 Oct 2016 on this blog post and notified via email with further instructions on how to collect prize. Winners have 1 day to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winners are Seline Chen, Philly SG & Michelle Ng. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: This is an advertorial for Cetaphil Singapore.Terms and Conditions apply.


preciouz said...

FB Jaime chan
My son will scratch until it bleeds, its really bad...not instant cure, jsut preventation through massive use of moisturisers!

Maggie Lee said...

my son suffers from eczema :( he scratches a lot especially when it is hot or if he plays with sand. I hope this'll help make it better!

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Philly SG said...

FB Name: Philly SG

I grew up with eczema and my children has it. They get rash inside elbows and knees. My wife uses a lot of moisturisers on them and sometimes steroids when it gets bad...

An Apel a Day said...

Both of my kids have struggled with this at times. I looks like a great product!

Unknown said...

I used to hv enzyme. Think Ive pass down to my gal le�� she now suffer enzyme on her face.on and off. At night she can't sleep well, think because of the itch. She keeps on rubbing her face. So sad seeing her scratching her face.
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Stacy said...

Oh my, her eczema looked really bad. Glad it's all better.

Wilson chen said...

I have terrible eczema on my fingers.used different type of creams, prescribed from doctors, eczema keep on coming back.felt itchy but nothing I can do.very irritating.

Sally Teo said...

My nephew has eczema. And I do feel his pain when i see him scratching and with his skin all red. Hope to try Cetaphil RESTORADERM on my nephew to relief his itch.

Syasya said...

My 3 year old has been suffering from eczema since birth. I would love to try out Cetaphil Restoraderm on him.
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Theresa Mahoney said...

Mariah had it really bad on her hands until she was 10 or 11. Her hands were always so cracked, swollen and bloody, it was horrible! I wish I would have had this back then. It really would have helped, I am sure!

jasz said...

FB name: Jasmin Ho

My son has eczema since he was 1.5 years old, today he is 7 years old and is still suffering from it. He scratches after exercise, in the night and sometimes for no apparent reason. He just said it's so itchy he can't control himself.

Anonymous said...

My daughter suffers from eczema as well and till now we can't find a remedy pr product that works!
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Kristina OngDee said...

I thought my babies would be spared from eczema because me and hubby have never had sensitive skin. But unfortunately, my kids suffer from eczema since they were very young and we have been using Cetaphil Baby on them. It's just cumbersome because we'd have to particular attention on their skin all the time. When we travel, specially to dry and cold weather countries, they break out really bad and it causes them discomfort and it breaks our heart. Well, at least Cetaphil is keeping it at bay.
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Small Kucing said...

poor baby. Am so glad that Cetaphil helped with her rashes

mail4rosey said...

I'm glad this is out there for her. It's no fun at all when you're itching so bad you can't resist scratching. That's even harder for the kids, I know!

Anonymous said...

It's painful to see my girl scratches her dry skin till bleeding. Blood stains on bedsheets at night and we had done all we need to have those itchy areas moisturised. Perhaps not enough or less effective moisturisers used.

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Sophia Ang said...

I have eczema since young and it is really itchy when the weather is hot or when I am under great stress.

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Lim Jze said...

Hope to win this moisturiser for my son, as he has been suffering from eczema for many years. And a lot of the moisturisers or body wash does not really help much to solve the issue. He gets flare up almost every 2 weeks, taking 4-5 days for an episode before the next one began again.

Thanks if i can win this!

Lim Jze said...

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Sonia Yong said...

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Subscribed name: Sonia Yong
IG: soniakathlynn

Both me & my boy have eczema. My boy case is more serious than me. Whenever , he sweat, red patches will form in the joints and he will start scratching. This eczema affect his studies too. In school, he will scratch till it bleed and teacher will have to attend to him. Had visited the doctors, those cream that the doctor gave will only heal his eczema for a while then it will come back again.
Hope to try out Cetapil Restoraderm

Cecilia Chng said...

My hubby suffered from eczema badly. The itch will affect his sleep and leave unsightly scratches and scars after. So, it affects me a lot too, since we sleep together at night. The constant toss and turn and movement was unbearable. It will be worse when we travel to dry climate. I really need to find a solution to prevent and minimise flare ups!

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