Why I love Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Those of you who know our family know that our littlest blue eyed babe was born with a chronic skin disorder. It took the first 6 months of his life before we had an actual diagnosis which is Icthyosis Vulgaris. There are quite a few strands of this skin condition and Icthyosis Vulgaris is the most common and mild strand. What this means is that his skin doesn’t shed the dead cells at a normal rate or at all. This causes the cells to build up in patches on the surface of his skin and actually look like scales. It is sometime referred to as the fish scale disease. Most of our little guy’s body is affected by the disorder however his face is the one thing that has been perfectly clear since birth. Working with his pediatrician and dermatologist it took some time to come up with a skin care regimen that worked to manage his condition. After a lot of trial and error and product testing we landed on Aquaphor Healing Ointment. This product has a consistency like Vaseline and it really helps to coat and moisturize his extra dry, scaly skin. I love how smoothly the Aquaphor healing ointment goes on his skin and that is why it has become such a large part of our daily regimen, using it 2-3 times daily to cover his entire body. We also started using the Aquaphor Baby Wash&Shampoo for his nightly baths which is so gentle on his skin.
This brings me to why I absolutely love Aquaphor and the entire Beiersdorf company that makes it. A chronic skin disorder like Icthyosis can get expensive. We are going through at least 1 14oz tub of Aquaphor every 1-2 weeks. That is not to mention the other products we are using daily like his Aquaphor body wash and other lotions. The people at Beiersdorf know how much their products can help with a chronic skin condition like Icthyosis and thats why they are doing something to help families like ours. They will ship a case (yes a case) which is twelve 14oz tubs of the product used by the patient to their doorstep at no charge! In our case the product that is shipped is Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. All the patient (or guardian) has to do is have their doctor fax/email a letter in with some information including the patient’s diagnosis, product used and the frequency of use and the case will arrive a few days later. Then after 3 months the patient/guardian just has to call the customer care line and ask for another shipment, no doctor’s note is needed. You also don’t have to just use Aquaphor, Beiersdorf also makes Eucerin and Nivea products.
I think this is an amazing program and I greatly appreciate the Beiersdorf family providing this service to families like ours. The number to call to see if you qualify for this program is 1-800-227-4703.