National Eczema Week: Dove Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar

It’s National Eczema Week this week (14th-22nd September). Did you know that? I must admit, I didn’t, despite the fact that I’ve suffered from eczema since I was 8 and I’m 39 now (OK, I will be 40 in a very small number of days!). Most kids get it when they are very young and grow out of it, but I got it when I was a bit older and have suffered from it ever since (although it’s not too bad in summer).

In addition to my eczema, I also suffer from acne, so looking after my skin and using the right products is a big concern of mine. I’m not into grooming and looking beautiful. I’m happy with not painful! Believe me, that eczema can be extremely painful in winter.

It’s for people like me (and I’m sure lots of you and your families too) that Dove has created its Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar. It looks like soap, it does the same job as soap, but it isn’t soap! It’s a mild and moisturising cleanser which doesn’t strip all the essentials from your skin, leaving it dry and likely to break down, like soap does.

I know it’s hard to make out, but that’s my thumb. With a great crack in it. It’s really painful!
Although it’s only early autumn and my eczema isn’t bad at the moment, I know it’s only around the corner. So I was only too happy to try out Dove’s Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar. As a regular Dove user anyway – I use their regular Beauty Cream Bar in the shower – I was interested to find out how the two differ.
The first thing you notice with the Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar is that it doesn’t smell. It is completely fragrance free. It feels different when you put it on too – less foamy, more oily. Now oily might not sound like a good thing, but it really is! It rinses off well and I really felt the difference when I got out of the shower. From the very first time I used it, my skin felt softer. So I’m converted! Anything which makes my skin feel better is good for me and I will certainly carry on using it. It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference to my eczema when the really cold weather kicks in.
Dove has teamed up with the National Eczema Society to give advice and tips on caring for sensitive skin. You can find out more at but here’s a taster of just a few of them:
  • Avoid all soap based cleansers to help keep your skin barrier intact. Use a soap substitute instead. (This is something I already do most of the time.)
  • Shower or bathe in warm water, not hot, and pat skin dry instead of rubbing.
  • Change your routine as the weather changes – use a heavier moisturiser more frequently during the winter. (I have found this to be essential, changing routine helps me mitigate my eczema even if it doesn’t actually make it better.)
Dove Pure & Sensitive Cream Bar sells at £1.67 for two. You can find out more at
I am a member of the Netmums Blogging Network, a unique community of parent bloggers from around the UK who have been handpicked by the Netmums team to review products and brands on their behalf. I have been paid expenses and supplied with a product sample for this review but retain all editorial control. 


Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That’s really interesting, I always suffered with eczema as a child and I only get it now if I’m stressed or it is really not weather. I have never been able to use soap of any kind as it dries my skin, so I think that I might give this soap a try.

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