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Eczema News – Tattoo and Eczema – is it worth the Skin?

Tattoo has been rising in popularity – from TV shows, to ordinary persons in the gym! You see them (almost) everywhere and it’s no longer the ‘hip’ or ‘happening’ guys and gals who tattoo. How does tattoo affect your skin barrier? Will tattooing lead to skin rash/eczema and can eczema sufferers have tattoo? This is […]

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Eczema News – Is Baby Wipes causing the Rash?

In the beginning of the year, there was a ‘scare’ – news circulated that baby wipes is the cause of terrible rash on the face of babies. This is in response to a study published from observations of 6 children, with ‘disfiguring patches to crusting, swelling, blistering and tiny cracks in the mouth, cheek, hands […]

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Support Group

Eczema Support Group – Kids Allergy

Last Friday’s lunch with the parent-child eczema support group at the Singapore National Skin Centre was an informative, relaxed and enjoyable session. We had a mix of people of different ages and 3 kids who came. The children were all very well-behaved and puzzles, toys contributed by a participant kept the children happy and busy! […]

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Eczema Facts

Contact Dermatitis – Can a Child have Eczema and this?

Can my Child have both Atopic and Contact Dermatitis? Contact dermatitis is more common in adults, but it is possible that a patient with atopic dermatitis also have contact dermatitis. The logic is that eczema skin barrier is defective, thus more vulnerable to hypersensitive reaction to chemicals. The chemicals which I’ve found from recent years’ […]

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AAD Skincare Video Series: Skincare for Eczema

Face Washing 101 How to Get the Most from Your Skincare Products Eczema Tips: How to Help your Child Feel Better How to Apply Sunscreen MarcieMom: Dr Zeichner, thank you for taking time to help with this AAD video series.  Cross-Reactivity in Beauty & Skincare Products For individuals with sensitive skin using multiple products, say facial cleanser, […]

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Doctor Q&A

Parent (Patient) Eczema Consultation Tips with Dr Susan J. Huang – During Consultation

Before Your Eczema Child’s First Dermatologist During the Eczema Consultation How to Follow-up after Your Eczema Baby Visited the Doctor MarcieMom: This week, we will focus on communication during the consultation. Most parents would have heard about allergy testing and after supposedly sharing with the doctor various suspected food & non-food triggers, he/she may expect to […]

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Living with Eczema

SOMEONE has Eczema and managed Allergies, Asthma and Make-up

This is a new series focused on personal journey with eczema while managing a certain aspect of life. Today, we have Tristan Joseph, who has eczema since her childhood and shares how she manages her make-up. Tristan is a support volunteer with The Eczema Society of Canada and also blogs at AtopicGirl on allergies, asthma […]

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Doctor Q&A

Facial Eczema with Dr Lynn Chiam: Rashes, Treatment & around the Mouth and Lips

Types of Facial Rashes What are these Rashes on my face? A rash on your face is possibly something you’d notice soon enough and start worrying about whether others would notice too. It can affect across all age groups, from infants to children to teenagers to adults, but are they all the same? And which age…

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Doctor Q&A

Teen Eczema – Acne, Sports, Skincare & Shaving

Puberty, Skin Changes and Eczema As children move into pre-teen years and into puberty, what are some of the body changes that may trigger eczema? Dr Lynn Chiam: As young children move into pre-teen and pubertal years, there are changes in the body’s hormonal profile and maturing of the sexual characteristics of the body. Sex steroids modulate […]

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Guest Interview

Scalp Eczema Series with Kristan Serafino: What Is & Triggers Scalp Eczema?

This was originally a 3-week series, combined into one post. The information written by Marcie Mom on scalp eczema has been vetted by Dr Vermén Verallo-Rowell, the founder of VMV Hypoallergenics. What is Scalp Eczema? Eczema is a term for any skin change characterized by edema: at the dermis, then upwards to the epidermis, forming […]

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Guest Interview

MooGoo… Learning about a Natural Skin Care brand

This was originally a 2-part series, combined into a single post. This is not a sponsored post; I reached out to Craig as I wanted to find out more about the company and its eczema skincare products, and ask the questions which other parents with eczema children may be interested in finding out. What Natural […]

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Support Group

Eczema Forum Notes – Good Overview on Child Eczema

Last Saturday’s Eczema Forum in Singapore presents a good overview on child eczema, explaining the various causes, factors and treatment options. It was well attended by over 100 people, and I’m amazed half of which looked like grandparents who were wanting to find out more information for their grandchildren (how proactive they are)! The other […]

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Guest Interview

Eucerin – Medical Skin Science that Shows

Eucerin Singapore contacted me on running a charity sale on its 13,000 fans’ Facebook page to donate 20 per cent. of the sales proceeds to Singapore’s first eczema fund for low income patients (a fund that is initiated by my donation and administered by the Asthma Association). I wanted to find out more about Eucerin, […]

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Eczema Tips Guest Interview

Sensitive Skin Product Series – How many ingredients?

Marcie Mom: Given that a child with very sensitive skin/eczema can be allergic to many ingredients, it makes sense that the fewer ingredients, the less likelihood of triggering an allergic reaction. Is there an average number of ingredients a moisturizer is likely to have? Laura: There is no one average to give because different formulations […]

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Honestly…on Baby Diapers

Marcie Mom: Thank you Janelle for taking time to help answer my questions, which other parents who have children with eczema or sensitive skin may likewise also have. I’ve checked out your lovely website and noted that ‘100% Natural’, ‘all-natural’ are used for your products. From an interview that I’ve done, I learnt that the […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Cross-Reactivity

Cross-Reaction of Skincare Ingredients Marcie Mom: I read that there is a possibility of cross reaction between different companies’ products. My baby uses two brands and so far, all seems well. Is there a way for a parent to compare the ingredients and assess if there’s a high likelihood of cross reaction? Laura: I think […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Irritant-Free

‘Perfume Free’, ‘Propylene Glycol Free’, ‘Paraben Free’, ‘Lanolin Free’, ‘Preservatives Free’, ‘Colorant Free’ – So Many ‘Frees’! Is this too much or too little? In this post, I’ve consolidated a list of irritants to avoid which include the above and also sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, conventional emulsifiers and paraffin. I’ve also realized that it’s […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Ingredients

Product Label – Deciphering the Ingredients Marcie Mom: Laura, thanks again for continuing to help us make sense of the ingredient label. Many ingredients sound similar though not identical. Is there some broad classification of ingredients and how to identify what type of ingredient a certain name suggests? Is there a glossary/definition page that you […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Suitable for Eczema Children

What does Suitable for Baby mean? MarcieMom: Suitable for Eczema Child/Infant – These are the most important keywords for a parent looking for sensitive skin products for his/her child with eczema – how much surer can it be when the product is labelled (and often prominently so) that it can be used for infant with […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Hypoallergenic

This is a 13-part series focused on understanding and using products for sensitive skin, an important topic given the generous amount of moisturizers that go onto the skin of a child with eczema. Dr. Vermén created the VH Rating System which is the only validated hypoallergenic rating system in the world and is used across […]