An End to Our Eczema Battle…and it’s an Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Too

Most people are polite enough to not mention it.  Doctors are not most people.  Owen sees 7 specialists, each 3-5 times a year.  I’ve heard it a lot these last couple of months.

“Whoa, his skin is so clear!”

Up until a few months ago, this is what Owen’s hands looked like.

eczema before

Can I tell you how horribly stressful eczema is?  We had cream after salve after steroid after lotion after homeopathic oil.  I would go to the store and buy a bottle of everything in the section, and nothing worked.  We had to stop food trials because we couldn’t get his skin to a good enough baseline to know if he was having allergic reactions to foods.  Every night we gave Owen Benedryl so he had a chance of sleeping through the night.  If he woke up it was because he was crying from itching himself bloody.  “Itchy Itchy” was one of Owen’s first 10 words.  We had our duct work cleaned, the carpets cleaned, switched detergents, stopped using dryer sheets, only dressed him in cotton… you name it, we tried it. I hesitated going to the Dermatologist because I knew she would just suggest more (and stronger) steroids…and she did.

And then in July, I applied for a job and listened to the CEO of a start up tell me about the alcohol free hand sanitizer his company was launching.  Let’s be honest, I’m a preemie mom… he had me at ‘hand sanitizer’.  However, as I learned more about the natural healing and non-stinging properties of the active ingredient, Hypochlorous, I had one thought.  A hand sanitizer that I can use on Owen!

I’ve never used alcohol hand sanitizers on Owen because he’s so young and puts his hands in his mouth…and well, it is alcohol (120+ proof, by the way).  Even if their wasn’t the toxicity of alcohol to worry about, I don’t like using alcohol hand sanitizers when I have a hang nail, can you imagine what it’d feel like on tiny hands that are nearly entirely open wounds like Owen’s were?  With the reality that there was a hand sanitizer that I could use on Owen, the company probably could have gotten me to work for free (if you’re reading this CleanSmart team, I’m just kidding!)

Needless to say, I got the job and immediately took product home.  I had a small cut on my hand so I sprayed it on…it didn’t hurt.  So I held my breath and put a small squirt on Owen, he didn’t cry!  Finally, I had an option besides wipes when we were out of the house without access to soap and water.  To my surprise, I started to notice another benefit to CleanSmart hand sanitizer, Owen’s hands started to heal.  Within a week, his teachers asked me what we were doing differently.  Within two weeks, his hands looked like this.Eczema after

Since August, I have not put a steroid cream on Owen’s hands.  He no longer wakes up crying from itching, he doesn’t get Benedryl at bed time and “itchy, itchy” is a phrase I never hear him say.  We’ve been able to reinstate feeding therapy and food trials and this weekend Owen swallowed TWO Gluten Free mac and cheese noodles.

I realize I work for the company and it could seem like I’m blowing smoke, but guys, I cannot tell you how much CleanSmart Alcohol Free hand sanitizers have improved the quality of Owen’s day to day life.  No more pain and constant itching.

I may work for the company, but I’m a mom first and I wanted a doctor’s agreement to this treatment, so when we went to the Dermatologist I brought the product.  She felt it made a ton of sense that CleanSmart hand sanitizer is working for him.  As a matter of fact, there are newer-to-the-market prescription products for eczema that use hypochlorous as one of the natural ingredients.  In her opinion, the reason it works is that it’s killing the germs.  When your skin is dry and you irritate it by itching it, your skin is highly susceptible to bacterial infections, like staph.  The infection worsens the eczema and becomes a vicious cycle…you can’t moisten the skin because you don’t put lotion on open wounds, and you can’t stop itching because there is an open wound.  CleanSmart, in her opinion, killed the germs which allowed his skin to heal.  And it killed the germs without the use of any antibiotics.  Once the infection was gone, and the wound was healed, we moisturized with an over the counter lotion (Cerave is what our Dermatologist recommends) and his hands have stayed healthy.  Occassionally he’ll itch and get a small flare up.  I treat any red areas with CleanSmart and the discomfort is gone within a day.

CleanSmart Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer

Since our success with CleanSmart treating Owen’s eczema, a woman who works for our agency tried it on her teen daughter’s eczema with very similar results.  Will it work for you?  I don’t know, we have a sample size of two, so far.  But, I am encouraged by the doctor’s belief in the efficacy of CleanSmart hand sanitizer and that there are prescription products that use the same active ingredient.  What I really love is that unlike the eczema aisle at the grocery store, it’s a pretty inexpensive product to try (starts at $2.50) and the product is 100% kid safe – pediatrician approved, dermatologist approved (and that’s a real test, not just one doctor saying so) and it’s hypoallergenic…oh, yeah, and did I mention it’s a preemie mom’s number one must-have – a hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs.

I’ll admit, I thought long and hard before sharing this post.  I want to keep my work life and my blog life separate.  However, if there is one more family out there that is dealing with the pain of eczema like we did for two years and CleanSmart could help, then I felt I needed to share.

If you’d like to try CleanSmart, I’m giving away one travel pack with both the 2 oz Gel and Spray Hand Sanitizers to one lucky winner.  CleanSmart is in select stores in Minnesota, and will be reaching other parts of the country over the next couple of months.  Until then, you can also purchase products at

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I won’t talk more about CleanSmart on ANRC, but you can learn more at CleanSmart’s Website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

To see CleanSmart being produced, check out this feature video from WCCO news in Minneapolis.

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26 thoughts on “An End to Our Eczema Battle…and it’s an Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer Too

  1. This is so awesome! I’m so glad that Owen has some relief. Eczema is no fun at all. Jax struggles with it, too. We use Norwex cleaning cloths and those help, but I’m definitely going to add Clean Smart to our repertoire! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’ll have to look for this product in stores near us…or buy it online! Our son (25-weeker) suffers from eczema, and I look forward to trying this on him. And it is wonderful to know of a new hand sanitizer that would be safe to use on the dirty hands of both he and his twin sister when we’re out and about and away from hand washing facilities. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Tatum. And SOOOOOOOO glad it’s working so well for Owen (especially with additional benefits you weren’t expecting…nice to have a positive surprise, isn’t it?!)!!

  3. My youngest (8.5 months) has excema all over his hands, face, neck and other ‘bends’ I’m tried of well meaning family implying I’m doing something wrong to cause it!

    • The “bends” are the worst, aren’t they? You definitely aren’t causing it – but I do hope CleanSmart provides some relief for him. It’s no fun for mom or baby.

  4. Wow, this looks great! My daughter doesn’t have eczema but I’m at a loss for how to clean her hands when we’re out and about – I don’t like the aftertaste wipes leave on her hands, since they’re going straight in her mouth. Alcohol-free is great!

  5. Kyla needs this her skin is raw on her face and always open sores that she screams with any thing I put on it. Not only is it on her face but her entire body looks like how Owens hands were from head to toe. I’ve tried so many things I couldn’t even name them all.

  6. I randomly happened across your blog (a friend of mine posted one of your articles to facebook). I had seen an article on the news about this product before, but I went to order it and they were sold out. I finally got it on Amazon after reading this post. I’ve had dyshidrotic eczema on my thumbs for about 5 years. I’ve tried pretty much everything, and nothing has worked. I started using CleanSmart on Monday, and I would say so far I’ve seen about a 50-75% improvement. I really couldn’t believe it. I still am not 100% positive that this is what is clearing it up (my flare ups tend to come and go, but they never heal this fast), but I’m really encouraged by what I’m seeing so far! I will keep you posted…

  7. I found that hand sanitizer worked in cases where the cortisone prescription didn’t. I apply the sanitizer and the bumps start going away. But in extreme cases it won’t solve the issue totally depending on the causes.

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