Eczema, and eczema relief, is a very personal thing. What works for one has no guarantee of working for someone else. We've been very lucky to have been able to try out a range of eczema products on Squeaky, rather than having to bother our doctor or pharmacist all the time in search of "the one". With this in mind, we were offered the chance to try out Reczema, and weren't likely to say no.
Reczema is made in Sweden by Secuvie. It's a natural product designed for use on skin problems such as eczema, irritations & rashes. Amongst the ingredients, it contains Jojoba, Linseed, Castor and Olive Oils, and a few things I don't recognise & can't spell. According to their information it's tested for allergic reactions & is safe to use on things like insect bites as well because it stops itching.
First reactions - the pump action bottle is a good idea & one pump dispenses roughly one Squeaky-limb's worth of cream. (That's a standard measure, you know!) The cream is a slightly off-white & sort of medicinally thick - definitely cream rather than lotion. I had a quick sniff, in order to give you a full review, and kind of wished I hadn't. The best description I can give is that it's slightly reminiscent of PVA glue. Squeaky wasn't that detailed, she just said it smelled yucky. I couldn't bring myself to disagree. Smell isn't everything though, and we gave the cream a try.
On her arms & torso, which aren't too bad for eczema at the moment, just a couple of slightly dry patches, we were fine. The cream is absorbed easily, and doesn't leave the skin sticky or slippy.
Then we moved on to her legs. Right now they're quite pink with eczema. The skin's not badly broken or bleeding, but it's decidedly pink & itchy. We got halfway down the first leg before she started to complain that the cream was hurting her "bruises" (she hasn't managed to differentiate between bruises & eczema patches). I asked her to show me where, and noticed that the patches where I had applied the cream were already looking redder than those I hadn't yet got to. I rinsed the cream off, calmed her down & applied some of our tried & tested boring cream from the GP to her legs, which she said stopped the stinging.
Sadly, based on that stinging, she's not let me try the cream on her since (we had a similar reaction to a calamine based cream last year on holiday, the tears are more than I can bear), so this one's not for us. That's not to say it's not for you, as I said at the start, eczema & eczema relief is a very personal thing.
After trying out Reczema, I spoke to the company, and learned a couple of things that might help you out. The distinctive smell is from Fulvic Acid, one of the other ingredients. Basically, the more the smell, the more Fulvic Acid, and the greater chance that it will control the eczema. As I said, while the smell is noticeable, it's one of those things you can get used to. They also told me that the cream *does* sting on broken skin, an effect of the active ingredients which are working to soothe and calm the eczema symptoms. For an adult this probably wouldn't present an issue, but for an impatient 3 year old, it's quite a challenge. I wanted to include this information to provide you with some balance, and to twist the clichéd break-up line, "It's not Reczema, it's me"!
You can buy Reczema direct from Secuvie via their online store, where a 50ml tube costs £26.99.
Disclosure: We were provided with a tube of Reczema free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not told what to write and all opinions are my own. Links are provided for convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.