Calm Balm – an absolute blessing in our home! In December last year I noticed spots on Oli’s torso. I immediately thought – CHICKEN POX! Well, it wasn’t. No watery pox appeared and I began to Google late into the night, obvs. My (or Dr Google’s) diagnosis of Molluscum was spot (excuse the pun) on, and our family GP confirmed it. When I asked Oli where he got these from, he nonchalantly named two other boys in his swimming group who had multiple spots of their own on. We tried a big, and expensive tub of cream that was mixed up, to no avail. What is Molluscum? According to Wikipedia – “Molluscum contagiosum (MC), sometimes called water warts, is a viral infection of the skin that results in small, raised, pink lesions with a dimple in the centre. They may occasionally be itchy or sore. They may occur singly or in groups. Any area of the skin may be affected, with abdomen, legs, arms, neck, genital area, and face being most common. Onset of the lesions is around 7 weeks after infection. It usually goes away within a year without scarring.”
8 weeks after trying this tub of cream, the only difference from starting, was that the spots had literally doubled. I decided it was time to take Oli to a Dermatologist (one I would highly recommend) – the spots were mostly contained to his torso and inner arms, but, new to Grade One, I didn’t need my sweet boy to be teased over these. The Dermatologist reconfirmed the diagnosis and gave me his advice – try a more potent cream, 3x a week, if there was no improvement, to bring him in for weekly ‘freezing’ OR have him put under (if he was having tonsils etc removed) and they would scrape them off. No thanks. I took the script for Aldara and went to pay for the R750 2g pump bottle, with renewed hope. He also mentioned that this is something more likely to appear in children – and the sharing of towels at swimming would be enough to spread it. Often kids can’t fight the virus as the body doesn’t pick up that there’s even an issue as the virus is above the skin, whereas an adult’s mature immune system could easily fight it.
Two weeks in, one small dab of cream per spot, I noticed a slight improvement, and an empty bottle, so it was time for a new one. The cream was to be used on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. That’s when my Calm Balm from Optiphi arrived. Regular readers of Mommalikeme will know I absolutely adore this brand, but this was a new range I’d never tried or heard of. It’s from the Body Curve range and is known for its multitude of uses (including easing the itch of mozzie bites), more specifically for effective treatment of redness, irritation and sensitive skin. It professes to be ‘Ideal for skins prone to eczema and psoriasis and for use after sunburn.’ – well, after day three, I was sold. All of a sudden, used in conjunction with the Aldara, the spots started to dry, scab and magically disappear. On alternate days I began rubbing, quite liberally, the Calm Balm over the affected areas and Oli always commented how soothing it was where his skin had otherwise become quite dry and itchy.
Fast forward a month down the line and the spots are almost completely gone. I literally cannot believe my eyes. The introduction of the Calm Balm to our bi-nightly cream routine has literally been a game changer and Oli’s confidence for walking around in a short-sleeved shirt, or no shirt, has returned, after being quizzed by a class mate for all his ‘dots’. There are slight scars from where some of the spots were, and I’m going to be trying out the Body Curve Scar Therapy in the next few days once his skin has a moment to breathe.
I cannot rate this product highly enough, honestly. It was gifted to me, with absolutely no expectation, but it’s absolutely blown me away, and Oli and I are eternally grateful for the impact it’s had on ridding his little body of these spots. Thank you Optiphi!
Buy Calm Balm here . The product retails for R1200 for 100ml.
For those Momma’s interested in the ingredients:
Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerine, Cetyl Alcohol, Ectoin, Isosorbide Disunflowerseedate, Stearic Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, PEG-8, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Ceramide 2, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Phenethyl Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Pentapeptide-59.