How many time have you seen eczema clickbait headings like these?
Cure eczema forever for £4
Get rid of eczema in 5 easy steps
Vanish eczema with one easy to apply cream
This is a heading in the Manchester Evening News published on the 19th March 2018. I really don’t want to include a link to their article, but I feel it’s important for people to see the type of posts and articles that really frustrate eczema sufferers and really damage the research and funding programs that do amazing work.
If people think there’s a cure for eczema for £4 it could and will affect the funding that eczema research so desperately deserves and needs.
The article tells how a mum, desperate to find a suitable product for her three-year-old daughter found Childs Farm baby lotion for £4 in her local supermarket. The article goes on to claim that after a few days the mum watched how her daughters eczema vanished and was cured.( According to the title )
Further, in the article, another lady claims how within 24 Hours she also noticed her Psoriasis had nearly vanished. Now I’m not saying these people are lying or the story is made up. But what type of eczema ( if indeed it even was eczema ) did they have? Was it simply dry skin? Did it come back after they stopped using the cream? There are so many different variables but the headline said £4 moisturizer CURED eczema, that’s where I have an issue with the story.
Eczema miracle cure or clickbait?
We have read a ton of articles this week all claiming miracle cures and all backed by huge advertising campaigns by national newspapers and big supermarket chains.
Let’s look at the facts.!
Is child’s farm moisturizer £4: Yes
Is Childs moisturizer a good product for children with eczema: Yes
Do we like Childs farm products: Yes
Will Childs Fram cure eczema forever? : No
Will using any product for 24 hours cure Psoriasis?: No
We are not denying those mums and people featured in the article used these products? NO and we are not denying they may have seen some amazing results and an improvement, But is their eczema and Psoriasis cured forever?
We can’t answer that question as we are not Doctors or the parents of these children. However, I think it’s highly unlikely that they were cured in such a short period of time, if at all.
Eczema is an untamed beast, that sometimes tricks and fools even the most experiences eczema sufferer. One minute you have a total flare-up and the next you can hardly notice you ever had eczema. It’s the nature of the eczema beast I’m afraid.
Do these products work?
We can’t tell you that as everyone reacts differently to treatment and the type of Eczema you have will require a different form of treatment. Your doctor will consider all the facts when prescribing a suitable treatment. Type of eczema, Age, Environmental conditions, Work life balance, sleep, Your mental state, and many many other factors.
Trial and error is sometimes the only way to find a suitable product that works for you personally. I must have tried over 100 different products over my 46 Years of searching for the miracle cure. Do I still have eczema? YES
We are not denying these products work, We all know the best way to control ( NOT CURE ) eczema is to maintain high levels of moisture in your skin. A good daily moisturizing routine will certainly give you the best chance at controlling your eczema.
A good quality moisturizing cream that works for you is the lifeblood of an eczema sufferer. I don’t know what I would do without my cream. I use Diprobase which I get on the NHS in the UK. If you don’t live in the UK you can purchase it from AMAZON.
We know lots of people who also use the product in the article CHILDS FARM products and they work well. My argument is with the papers using clickbait headlines to fool people who are already vulnerable due to the struggle they have both mentally and physically with eczema.
What is clickbait?
Here is Wikipedia’s description of clickbait.
1) (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.“these recent reports of the show’s imminent demise are hyperbolic clickbait”
Eczema and depression
Eczema is full of complications like side effects, long-term steroid use, lack of sleep, physical and emotional issues and relationship problems. So do we need false hopes as well? Nope, I think not.
I myself have had to deal with eczema and depression throughout my life and let me tell you depression is not to be messed with. I wrote an article ECZEMA AND DEPRESSION which may help you if you too are suffering. My advice if you are is to seek medical and professional help straight away! Don’t delay, every day without professional help is a day out of your life lost to depression. PLEASE DO LIKE I DID AND SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR!
We believe offering people hope is fine but as long as it’s a realistic hope and not a dream. We can all dream but we don’t want your dreams to become nightmares.
Do you recommend Childs Farm products?
YES, We love Child farms products. We are currently doing a review of the products ourselves. OUT SOON! We are also in no way claiming the people in the article are lying when they say they saw an improvement in their children’s condition. Good luck to them, we certainly hope they did find their miracle cure for eczema.
Especially for £4 lol
Eczema products are notoriously expensive and sometimes the amount you use adds up. So finding a product that works and is cheap is excellent and we hope you all find such a product.
Children who have eczema can get better by the time they go to school. Some people may actually outgrow their symptoms during the adult years, but many more, unfortunately, will have it for the rest of their lives. There’s no way to tell if your eczema will go away completely, but it’s possible that your symptoms may lessen as you get older.
You may have occasional “flare-ups” and it’s possible for your condition to get into remission from time to time. This can confuse some people who may think their condition is cured so they start to ease off or stop their treatment. Only to find out when it returns that their CURE wasn’t an actual cure. It helped your condition go into remission for a short time.
We know this blog may be a bit controversial, especially if someone has tried a treatment and their eczema has gone away. Our mission with this website is to generate awareness of eczema and help raise funding to find a true cure for this horrible skin condition.
We feel Eczema clickbait advertising will detract from the real issues and the real fundraising done by associations like National Eczema Association which do amazing work to raise funding for eczema research.
Let us know if what you think about marketing like this.
Once again, we are not slating Childs farm products. They are great !!