the last picture was taken 20 minutes after the 1st two! vaseline makes all the creases of his skin bleed, aquaphor just coats and suffocates his skin, any other commercially sold lotions, oils or creams make him sting and itch from the corn-based alcohols and fragrances. prescription steroid creams burn like fire. at this point, when his creases are swollen and seeping blood because his skin has gotten so thin and irritated, even coconut and olive oils provide no real relief, they are too thin.
only waxy, heavily oily, emollient rich raw shea butter truly soothes, nourishes, heals and feeds his skin when he's dried out and fragile after a flare-up like this. i watch the redness literally fade away before my eyes and the inflammation dissipate as it sinks in and his skin drinks it up like the desert does the rain.
thanks be for shea butter for atopic allergies!!