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A common mistake is to be too cautious about topical steroids. Some parents undertreat their children's eczema because of an unfounded fear of topical steroids. They may not apply the steroid as often as prescribed, or at the strength needed to clear the flare-up. This may actually lead to using more steroid in the long term, as the inflamed skin may never completely clear. So, you may end up applying a topical steroid on and off (perhaps every few days) for quite some time. The child may be distressed or uncomfortable for this period if the inflammation does not clear properly. A flare-up is more likely to clear fully if topical steroids are used correctly.
I just made a new friend and she recently completed chemotherapy for breast cancer. I make home made soaps and I am planning on making an Olive Oil soap for her since I am told it is the most gentle. No fragrance obviously. I would also like to make her a body butter to help combat her dry skin. Obviously I won't be using fragrance in that either and only the highest quality butters and oils. Is there anything I should know that will make sure this product will be safe for her and not an irritant? I plan to use Coco, Mango, Kokum and Shea butters, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E. Should any of those be avoided for her particular situation? Thank you in advance.