Elaj is a cream that claims to be a steroid-free way to get relief from eczema. They state that Elaj is all natural, approved by dermatologists and the FDA and will help people of all ages overcome peeling, itching, flakiness, redness, roughness, and burning. They promise if you have eczema and use Elaj, it will change your life.
What is eczema?
Eczema is an infectious disease of the skin, which means it can be passed from person to person, and often runs in families. It can affect men and women of any age, and 1 in 8 children under the age of 5 have it; many children grow out of this and it is usually at its worst stages when they are young.
There are many different forms of eczema, some are caused by allergies and some are not. Basically, all of them involve itchy, flaky skin, that burns or hurts – not very fun!
While there is no cure for eczema, there are several ways to treat and minimize its symptoms.
What is so great about Elaj for eczema?
Elaj was founded by Suhein Beck in 2008 who claims she is using a formula developed by her grandfather Dr. M.A. Bchihalouk. She said he studied herbal medicines from Greece, Turkey, and the Mideast to develop a special cream to protect the skin from extreme elements.
Suhein said she never expected to be in the business of skin care, but the family formula proved so effective for so many conditions, she felt compelled to share it with the world.
Elaj does not specifically state what is in their secret formula, except to say that it is natural and follows the FDA monograph for a skin protectant using active ingredients accepted by the FDA for minor skin irritations and itching due to eczema.”
What is an FDA Monograph?
The FDA monitors and approves pharmaceutical drugs by making sure they are properly tested for safety and efficacy before they go to market. Because there are over 300,000 over the counter (OTC) drugs, the FDA has established a kind of a “recipe book” called a monograph that contain ingredients in specific dosages that have already been approved. If a company follows one of the monographs and do not add any new, untested ingredients, they can be sold to treat the condition as indicated without needing to jump through the hoops of getting a new drug approved.
How Do I use Elaj?
Elaj states you can apply 3 or 4 times a day or whenever necessary to combat the discomfort. Elaj is said to be thick and heavy, and they suggest putting on a layer before bed and letting it be absorbed overnight.
While they say you may experience immediate relief, the important thing is to keep applying it day and night to keep your eczema in check. Elaj encourages you to not mix their cream with other creams or use with hydrocortisone.
Elaj encourages you to use it anywhere on your body, and even in combination with your foundation. They add it can be used as a lip gloss or makeup remover, and will open your pores, allowing your skin to breathe and be radiant.
How much does Elaj cost?
Elai comes in a 2 oz. jar, which they sell 2 for $19.99 and includes free shipping.
Elaj Refund Information
Elaj customer service phone: 1-800-372-6040.
Elaj says their eczema cream comes with an Empty Jar Guarantee, which means you can return the used jar and still get your money back. (However, you will have to pay to ship it to them.)
Bottom Line: Is Elaj going to get rid of my eczema?
Elaj has a compelling story and ingredients that are FDA approved for at least mild eczema, so chances are you may experience some relief from this product. But other than the glowing testimonials on their website, we couldn’t find any independent reviews from people with eczema who bought and used it.
There are a few things to remember that even the Elaj website points out: this product may help temporarily with some symptoms and may act as a “bridge” to carry you through rough waters. It will not completely get rid of the disease.
How to treat eczema
In addition to (or perhaps instead of) using Elaj, there are many important things you can do in terms of lifestyle changes that will reduce the frequency and severity of eczema breakouts.
First is both the easiest and hardest: reduce stress in your life. Severe breakouts are often preceded by stressful situations, so any steps you can take (including learning to meditate) can quickly help.
Good skin care is of course important, using mild soaps and moisturizers to keep it clean and refreshed. However, DON’T use anti-bacterial soaps as they end up doing more harm than good. Taking short, warm showers can also help and some people find a little bit of bleach in the tub can also help.
Humidifiers are known to be another effective tool in the eczema battle, so it would be a good idea to invest in one.
Next, you need to identify and reduce triggers that may be caused from food or pollutants in the air. Allergens, dust, or dairy or soy products can cause irritation.
It’s a lot to do at once, so the best bet is to take it slow and explore all of your options. Talk with your doctor, who may have certain medications, including in worst-case scenarios, steroids.
For more information, check out this article from Disabled World that features many popular ancient folk remedies and look for advice from the National Eczema Association, which has its own seal for eczema products that meet certain criteria. (It should be noted that Elaj is not on this list.)
Let us know your experience with Elaj – did it help you with your eczema or were you disappointed?