A young teacher who suffered from eczema so severe she had to be hospitalised has discovered a bizarre cure for the crippling condition – udder cream.
Megan Underwood, 22, claims the unusual solution has soothed her red, raw skin which has affected her entire face and body her whole life.
She has tried dozens of over the counter treatments, prescription creams and diet changes over the decades for the itchy and painful skin disorder.
However, none proved effective and four years ago her eczema became so severe that she was hospitalised for four weeks.
As well as being sore, Miss Underwood’s eczema also had an impact on her self-esteem as she claims strangers would call her a ‘burns victim’ or shy away from touching her skin.
Willing to try anything to shed her constantly red and flaky skin, in 2015 the former retail worker was advised by a customer to try out MooGoo.
Megan Underwood, 22, claims the unusual solution soothes her red, raw skin which has affected her entire face and body her whole life
The all-natural product was developed by an Australian company and was originally used to soothe the udders of milk cows.
The unusual solution has worked wonders and now she is eczema free and beaming with newfound confidence that allowed her to launch her career as a teacher.
Miss Underwood, of Winchester, Hampshire, said: ‘By the time I was 18 my eczema was horrendous. Without causing offence to somebody who has burns, I looked like a burns victim.
‘My skin was red raw. It was also swollen because of water retention under my skin.
‘I could deal with my eczema if it wasn’t on my face. I could see people’s eyes moving around my face when they talked to me.
‘A lot of people are really rude to me. People don’t want to take money from my hands and people have asked me if I am contagious.
‘I’ve tried everything and have spent thousands on different creams and treatments.
‘I’ve tried a meat free diet, a dairy free diet, a grain free diet, I have bathed in oats, but nothing has ever worked for me before.’
She has tried dozens of over the counter treatments, prescription creams and diet changes over the decades for the itchy and painful skin disorder
However, none proved effective and four years ago her eczema became so severe that she was hospitalised for four weeks
She added: ‘After hearing about MooGoo I emailed customer services and sent them pictures of my skin.
‘I asked them if they could recommend anything that could help me, and they sent me some products for me to try.
‘I started using the Skin Milk Udder Cream, the Scalp Cream and the Irritable Skin Balm and suddenly my skin changed.
‘I didn’t want to get too carried away because things had worked for me before and my eczema had always come back, but after using MooGoo it was an “oh my gosh” moment.
‘My eczema started to clear up and then it was gone. I couldn’t believe it. I never thought that I would be in a position where I would be able to stand up to a classroom and teach.
‘The products have changed my life. They have changed my whole outlook on everything.’
After all other treatments failed, at the age of 18, Miss Underwood attended a specialist appointment at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
The all-natural MooGoo product was developed by an Australian company and was originally used to soothe the udders of milk cows
As well as being sore, Miss Underwood’s eczema also had an impact on her self-esteem as she claims strangers would call her a ‘burns victim’ or shy away from touching her skin
Willing to try anything to shed her constantly red and flaky skin, in 2015 the former retail worker was advised by a customer to try out MooGoo (pictured with her mother Paula)
Medics advised the teenager to go into respite care for a period of four weeks and she had to undergo a course of treatment including coal tar treatment, zinc wraps, high doses of steroids, bleach baths and hydromol wash balls.
The treatments worked temporarily but after just a few weeks her eczema returned.
At its worse, the condition covered Miss Underwood’s scalp, face, neck, chest, legs, arms and hands, causing itching and discomfort.
Her eczema has cleared up significantly since using MooGoo, but the teacher does still have the occasional flare up and will use steroid cream.
She said: ‘I’ve suffered from asthma and eczema since I was two years old.
‘My eczema wasn’t too bad when I was little. It was on the skin in between my elbows and on the back of my legs.
‘My mum had to apply cream every day and it smelled really bad and stung but when I was 16 my symptoms got much worse.
‘When I was 18 I went to an appointment at St Thomas’s Hospital in London and they told me that there was nothing more they could do for me. Everything they were trying wasn’t working.
‘I eventually went into respite for four weeks. It was the first time I’d ever lived away from home and I had to stay in hospital accommodation near Westminster Bridge.
‘Every morning I had to get to the hospital for 8am and I would be bandaged up, receive more treatment and re-bandaged again.’
Miss Underwood, of Winchester, Hampshire, said: ‘By the time I was 18 my eczema was horrendous. Without causing offence to somebody who has burns, I looked like a burns victim’
After all other treatments failed, at the age of 18, Miss Underwood attended a specialist appointment at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
At its worse, the condition covered Miss Underwood’s scalp, face, neck, chest, legs, arms and hands, causing itching and discomfort (pictured before and after her udder cream treatment)
Miss Underwood continued: ‘I had coal tar treatment and it was just so painful. I spent the whole four weeks crying.
ECZEMA: THE FACTS
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
It is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. However, it may also develop for the first time in adults.
It’s usually a long-term condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older.
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.
The exact cause is unknown, but it’s clear it is not down to one single thing.
Atopic eczema, the most common kind, often occurs in people who get allergies – ‘atopic’ means sensitivity to allergens.
It can run in families, and often develops alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
Treatment for atopic eczema can help to relieve the symptoms and many cases improve over time.
However, there’s currently no cure and severe eczema often has a significant impact on daily life, which may be difficult to cope with physically and mentally. There’s also an increased risk of skin infections.
‘My skin got better but I knew that when I went home it would just be the same again.
‘I have a lot of allergies, so any weather changes or dust, mould or other things in the air can really affect my skin, so occasionally I still use a steroid cream on my dry patches.
‘But where I used to go through a tube every day, I now only use one every six months. MooGoo has changed my life.’
MooGoo’s Skin Milk Udder Cream, which costs just £8, was formulated after founder Craig Jones’ mother used an old fashioned country remedy to manage her skin condition.
The lotion was used by dairy farmers to keep cows’ udders soft and supple, however the original cream was heavy that Craig adapted it to soak into human skin more easily.
A MooGoo spokesperson said: ‘When Megan approached us in 2015 we were desperate to do something to help.
‘Skin problems are more distressing than most people realise because they are a visible reflection of health.
‘Megan’s eczema has been extremely debilitating and has caused severe distress to Megan since the age of two.
‘Our products are all made using natural ingredients and for people with skin conditions in mind.
‘Different products work for different people but we know MooGoo has helped a lot of people like Megan so we knew it was worth her trying.’
They added: ‘When it changes someone’s life it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
‘We have been in touch with Megan for two years now and we continue to be amazed by her results.
‘She is now in a position where she can manage her eczema and she can now live a normal life. We are delighted our products have been able to help.’