Mother-of-two praises £8 cream for clearing up ‘uncontrollable’ eczema

Mother praises £8 ‘miracle’ cream for clearing her ‘uncontrollable’ eczema in just FOUR days after years of trying other remedies failed

  • Nicola Johnson, 30, said her painful eczema became ‘uncontrollable’ in her 20s
  • The mother-of-two, from Carlisle, Cumbria, tried changing diet to help her skin
  • Changes didn’t last so tried Aveeno Dermexa cream which was quickly helped
  • Nicola said within four days her skin was clearer and she now applies twice a day 

A mother-of-two who was covered in painful eczema across her face has hailed an £8 ‘miracle cream’ for transforming her skin.

Nicola Johnston, 30, from Carlisle, Cumbria, praised the budget Aveeno cream for clearing her skin of eczema for the first time in years.

Full time vlogger, Nicola, has suffered with red rashes and dry skin since she was seven, and despite trying multiple products and remedies, her severe eczema has always returned after a couple of months.

But after purchasing Aveeno Dermexa – in a bid to minimise the rashes – in February, she was stunned when the £8 cream started to clear her skin within just four days.

Nicola Johnston, 30, from Cumbria pictured after using the cream, started using Aveeno Dermexa in February to clear up her ‘uncontrollable’ eczema 

The mother-of-two, pictured when her eczema was bad, said she’s tried everything in the past from changing her diet to prescribed steroids

Nicola said: ‘As a child, I would get eczema in waves but as soon as I hit 21 years-old it became uncontrollable.

‘I was super stressed as I was changing jobs and moving homes with my now husband Tom, 38, so my skin flared up and became so difficult to get rid of.

‘I have tried everything and anything, whether it be a remedy I see on social media like the celery juice diet and veganism or prescribed steroids from the doctor.

‘It has been years of trial and error for me, the first two months of cutting diary and meat out of my diet were amazing for my skin, but then the eczema returned.’

Nicola, pictured left before using the cream and right during, said she applies the cream in the morning and night as well as during the day if her face is feeling especially dry

A friend recommended Aveeno Dermexa, pictured, and Nicola is now a brand ambassador

However after being recommended Aveeno by a friend in February, Nicola said her skin ‘dramatically changed within four days.’

She said: ‘I can’t remember the last time my skin was this clear for this long. I really don’t want to jinx anything but it feels amazing.

‘I still have patches of eczema, but the majority of my skin is finally clear, and the patches I do have are very manageable with the help of the cream.

Nicola, who is now a brand ambassador for Aveeno – used her social media platform to inform other eczema sufferers about the Aveeno Dermexa range.

Nicola, pictured with daughters Aria, four, and Olivia, two, said eczema used to ‘get the better of’ her but that since becoming a mum she’s trying to be as ‘confident’ as possible with her skin

Before finding the £8 cream Nicola, pictured, had spent up to £35 on lotions that didn’t work

She said: ‘Last year in November I had finally narrowed down my triggers, which were mostly due to spices and nightshade foods – particularly tomatoes and peppers.

‘I was finding new creams that really seemed to help ease the pain of the flare ups, and as such, minimise them.

‘I have spent up to £35 on creams before that did not work so when I noticed the difference almost immediately from this one that cost just £8, I couldn’t believe it.

‘I apply Aveeno every morning and evening and sometimes during the day too when my skin is feeling dry.

Nicola said she narrowed down what her triggers were last year to try and avoid flare ups of red skin. She also used the cream on her stomach, pictured, to help her eczema

In the past four months of using Aveeno Nicola’s skin, pictured her stomach now, has improved

Nicola, pictured with husband Tom, Olivia as a baby and Aria, is now sharing her eczema story to try and show others that skin can and will get better


Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.

Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. However, it may also develop for the first time in adults.

Eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked, sore and red. Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread red, inflamed skin all over the body. 

From NHS UK 

‘The red rashes were something that not only affected my skin but my confidence too, it used to feel so down.

‘But since becoming a mum of two girls Aria, four and Olivia, two, I have to be as confident as I can with it.’

Nicola revealed how her eczema had effected her confidence in the past and said that she had even taken time off work because of it. 

She said: ‘As a young adult, I let eczema get the better of me to the point where I had to take anti-depressant tablets, but I took myself off them as I accepted this is how my skin works.

‘I realised you can’t put your life on hold, there were days I would miss work due to the physical and mental effects of eczema.

‘I decided to share my before and after pictures on Instagram because I wanted to shed a bit of light that eczema sufferers skin can and will get better – as well as to showcase this miracle cream.’

Although having eczema as a child Nicola, pictured with husband Tom, said it got worse in her 20s when she was ‘super stressed’ changing jobs and moving home

Nicola, pictured with husband Tom and daughters Aria and Olivia, used to take time off work because of the ‘physical and mental effects of eczema’

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