Weleda Wound Care

Weleda Wound Care

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100% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredients: Calendula officinalis MT (M) 1.35 g, Mercurialis perennis MT (M) 2 g Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, beeswax, lanolin, lanolin alcohols, larch resin, peruvian balsam, sesame oil, water.

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on 7/11/2010 2:49:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

ABOUT ME: Combination-normal, sensitive, prone to acne and seborrheic dermatitis, particularly around my eyes. FYI: seborrheic dermatitis is basically a kind of face dandruff. You get red, inflamed, itchy, flaky skin in patches, generally near oil glands. It's chronic, incurable and mysterious--no one is quite sure what exactly causes it, though if you're prone to allergies and/or eczema, you're more likely to have seb derm.


TEXTURE: Thick, oily ointment but absorbs well.


SCENT: A rather nice, light grassy-herbal scent that fades after the cream is absorbed.


PERFORMANCE: I had a tube of this lying around and used it out of desperation due to a patch of seb derm near my eye that wouldn't go away. I tried tea tree oil, Polysporin, all kinds of natural and unnatural creams, Nizoral, which helped a bit, and cortisone cream. The latter was a desperate measure because the itching was driving me mad, but it's not recommended for long-term use since it thins the skin and the last thing you need is thinner facial skin. In any case, the redness and flaking came back when I stopped using the cortisone.


I apply a very small amount, less than pea-sized to the area at night. In the morning, the patch will be vastly improved: flakes are gone, it's less red, non-itchy and not as dry. I like this Weleda stuff because it contains no problematic ingredients in terms of acne or anything else, and moisturizes the area while treating it (very important given where my seb derm patches usually are). Please note, Wound Care is not a cure, but it may be a good alternative to cortisone cream for some people. (YMMV)


I've googled the ingredients, which explain why this ointment may be particularly helpful for seb derm (and maybe eczema). Balsam of Peru is an ingredient in Mario Badescu's popular Control Cream, which is advertised as good for rosacea and treating "red, rashy, flaky and irritated skin". Calendula is an anti-inflammatory and wound-healing agent, which one study suggests may be helpful in preventing dermatitis. Mercurialis perennis, or Dog's Mercury, and larch resin are other folk remedies for wound healing.


CAUTION: As with anything you put on your skin, you should do a patch test on an inconspicuous part of your body to determine if you might have a negative reaction to any of the ingredients. Peruvian Balsam has been identified as causing an allergic reaction in some people.


PACKAGING: Utilitarian metal tube with a screw cap. I like that it's not a clinical-looking product specifically meant for eczema, seb derm or dandruff (the fewer embarrassing items in the medicine cabinet, the better). I also appreciate the minimal use of plastic. Just be sure to squeeze from the bottom to get every bit out.


PRICE/AVAILABILITY: About 6-8 USD for a 0.88 oz tube. Best found online or at your local health food store.


INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredients: Calendula officinalis MT (M) 1.35 g, Mercurialis perennis MT (M) 2 g
Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, beeswax, lanolin, lanolin alcohols, larch resin, peruvian balsam, sesame oil, water.


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