Hairdresser with eczema is saved by a £4.50 baby moisturiser

Hairdresser, 30, with eczema so painful even hot water ‘burned like hell’ saves her skin with a £4.50 baby moisturiser

  • Francesca Rhodes had tried everything for the contact dermatitis on her hands
  • She feared she would need to quit her career of 14 years as a hairdresser
  • She needed to bandage her hands in the evening after using water and dye
  • A moisturiser she still uses today showed improvements in two weeks 
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A hairdresser with eczema so painful even hot water ‘burned like hell’ has seen a dramatic recovery by using a £4.50 baby moisturiser. 

Francesca Rhodes, 30, had been plagued by extreme contact dermatitis on her hands for five years. 

The mother-of-one, of Brigg, North Lincolnshire, had tried everything from steroid creams to UV therapy without success. 

After a day with her hands in water and chemicals all day, she would smother them in cream and bandage them at night. 

Her skin prone to cracking, weeping and bleeding, she feared she would need to stop her 14-year career as a hairdresser.

But after trying a cheap moisturiser recommended by a client, her skin drastically improved within two weeks – and now she swears by it.

Francesca Rhodes, 30, a hairdresser from Brigg, North Lincolnshire, had been plagued by extreme contact dermatitis on her hands for five years without any successful treatment

Her skin prone to cracking, weeping and bleeding, the mother-of-one feared she would need to stop her 14-year career as a hairdresser due to always being in contact with water 

Mrs Rhodes first saw signs of eczema, pictured at its worst, with itchy skin between her fingers

Mrs Rhodes saw her skin drastically improved within two weeks after trying a £4.50 moisturiser for babies that a client recommended 

Mrs Rhodes said: ‘My skin ended up so raw that even water would burn like hell. Washing up, having a shower or having my hands in water all day was agony.

‘I love my job, but I was in that much pain that every time I came home, I’d have to smother my hands in steroid cream and wrap them in a bandage, then wear cotton gloves to help it absorb quicker.

‘My confidence was at an all time low, too. I felt disgusting and diseased.

‘But now, life has completely changed for me. I still can’t quite believe it’s all thanks to a £4.50 moisturiser for babies.’

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Mrs Rhodes saw the first signs of dermatitis – a complaint usually caused by something irritating the skin and sparking an allergic reaction – after she started itching between her fingers. 

Mrs Rhodes, who has a son, Charlie, six, with her steel worker husband Chris, 33, thought it was nothing more than a reaction to exposing her hands to water and chemicals, like those in hair dye, at work.

But, over the course of three weeks, her symptoms worsened – with over-the-counter products making no difference.

So, after consulting her GP, she was referred to a dermatologist at Lincolnshire’s Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Mrs Rhodes had tried different therapies for the eczema on her hands, which was so bad she would need to bandage them every evening

Mrs Rhodes was warned by her doctor that she may need to quit her job as a hairdresser

Mrs Rhodes said her skin ‘got used’ to steroid creams and would soon flare up again

Mrs Rhodes would hide her hands as much as possible in fear of judgement


Dermatis is an inflammation of the skin. Depending on the type of dermatitis, areas of skin may become red and itchy with some acute attacks causing crusty scales or blisters that ooze fluid.

Dry, reddish, itchy skin indicates some kind of dermatitis, or skin inflammation, of which there are many types: for example, contact dematitis, which is a reaction against an irritant.

Symptoms may include: 

  • Red, itchy, circular patches of weeping, scaly, or encrusted skin suggest nummular dermatitis, common in older people who have dry skin or live in dry environments.
  • Greasy, yellowish scales on the scalp and eyebrows, behind the ears, and around the nose indicate seborrhoeic dermatitis; in infants it is called cradle cap.
  • Scaling, sometimes ulcerated skin appearing inside the lower legs and around the ankles, may indicate stasis dermatitis.
  • Extreme, persistent itchiness may signal atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema). Very often, however, itchiness results simply from dry skin.

Source: WebMD

She said: ‘I was prescribed a steroid cream, which worked for a while, but then my skin almost got used to it and the symptoms flared up again.

‘So, I was given a different type of steroid cream, which I’d apply every night and bandage up my hands to keep the moisture in.

‘But it soon stopped working again and we were back at square one. That rigmarole of going back and forth carried on for years.’

At her lowest point, Mrs Rhodes even had daily sessions of phototherapy, which involves using UV light to treat a range of skin conditions. But it made no difference. 

Eventually, doctors warned her that, if they could not find something soon to alleviate her symptoms, she could have to consider quitting her hairdressing career.

‘I’d been a hairdresser for 14 years, so I couldn’t just walk away. There had to be something out there that could help,’ she said.

As time wore on with no sign of her symptoms improving, Mrs Rhode’s self-esteem was in tatters.

She continued: ‘I was so self-conscious of my hands. Doing hair meant I couldn’t even cover them up.

‘If I ever went out, I’d wear a cardigan or jacket I could shove my hands in the pocket of.

Mrs Rhode, pictured with her husband, Chris, 33, said her self-esteem was in tatters

The mother to Charlie, six, swears by the cream that was recommend by a client

Child’s Farm baby moisturiser has many success stories 

‘I remember paying for something one day when the cashier demanded to know what was wrong with my hands. I left the shop in tears.

‘I’m sure she didn’t mean for it to sound nasty, but when you already feel down, a comment like that makes you paranoid that everyone is staring at you.’

At the end of her tether, Mrs Rhodes feared she may never find anything to help.

Then, everything changed last year, when a client suggested she tried Childs Farm. 

While the products are mainly aimed at newborns, babies and children, Mrs Rhodes figured that their gentle ingredients would not irritate her skin any further, so gave them a try.

And, within two weeks of using the £4.50 cream, she saw a marked improvement. 

She said: ‘It wasn’t an immediate, overnight change, but I knew I had to stick with it if I wanted results, so I pushed on and within two weeks, my skin was softer and smoother.

‘Now I’ve only had one flare up in about a year, but it soon went away when I applied Childs Farm. It’s really reassuring to know I have something there that can help.

‘Now I recommend it to everyone. It’s absolutely changed my life.’ 

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What are the Childs Farm success stories?  

There is another product that eczema-prone adults swear by for themselves and their children: Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser. The success stories speak for themselves.

Paige Sweeney, 23, spent more than two years with dermatologists trying to find a cure for the eczema afflicting her daughter Evie-Rae, now three, but nothing worked.

The toddler would wake up every night, scratching herself until she bled, Paige said.

Then, as a last resort, the Nottingham-based mother spotted the $8 Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser on the shelves at her local Boots and decided to give it a go – to her amazement Evie’s eczema quickly vanished.

Describing it as a ‘miracle cream’, Paige said: ‘Within a matter of days I could see her skin starting to clear up. I couldn’t believe it.’

Paige Sweeney, 23, spent more than two years with dermatologists trying to find a cure for the eczema afflicting her daughter Evie-Rae

Hairdresser Nicola O’Dwyer, 21, from Tipperary, Ireland was advised to give up her job because her eczema was so bad (left). But after two weeks of using Childs Farm she was able to carry on without any problems (right)

Nicole O’Dwyer, 21, from Tipperary, Ireland, suffered from chronic eczema on her hands since birth and tried countless products on prescription including steroid cream and emollient moisturisers.

Frequently having her hands in water and using hair products made her condition even worse, and she was in constant agony.

But in July Nicole’s dad Kieran suggested she should try $8 Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser, after he read about the product online.

Nicole started applying the cream regularly, and within two weeks her eczema had disappeared, leaving her able to carry out her job without any problems.

Bea Joseph, 31, from Perth, was at her wits’ end from using steroid creams and moisturising little Javi’s skin (left, before, and right, after) up to 20 times a day to no avail, when a British friend recommended Childs Farm moisturiser 

The product has been feted as a wonder product that clears up eczema and other skin conditions for babies, including little Kelisha (pictured before), whose mother said the product has made her baby a ‘different’ child 

Psoriasis sufferer Damien Broderick, 26, had to fetch a vacuum cleaner every time he removed an item of clothing in order to clean up flakes of skin that would fall off his body.

Damien from Dublin, previously used a steroid cream to treat the condition, however when the disease returned his GP advised him to look into alternative therapy, as another course of steroids may not have the same effect and could potentially do more harm than good.

Desperately looking for a solution, he looked into everything from Chinese medicine to acupuncture, but was advised to try Childs Farm products by a colleague.

Damien bought the brand’s Baby Moisturiser and Hair and Body Wash, and within days he started to see a visible difference in his skin.

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