One month into my eczema diet, my rashes stopped spreading and I was feeling less itchy. However, my existing rashes were healing very slowly and would get aggravated when it’s hot or dry or when my itchy fingers meddle with them. I decided to apply this natural fermented papaya ointment from Australia called Lucas Papaw ointment.
Papaw is a type of papaya. Papaya is high in essential nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. A source from Livestrong.com : In addition, the sweet, fleshy fruit contains papain, an enzyme that may help treat and prevent certain health conditions. Fermented green papaya has been the focus of research on treating chronic disease, such as diabetes and cancer. Fermented papaya preparation (FPP) may increase the production of interleukin, a protein that plays an important role in healing wounds and minor infections. FPP also helps the macrophage, a type of white blood cell, work faster to destroy bacteria, viral infections and free radical fragments.
In order to evaluate if this ointment truly speeds up the healing, I decided to apply only one rash spot and take a photo before using this ointment.
Before applying papaw ointment, my rash was drying up but still had slight yellow crusty ooze. It was also very much still mostly red and inflammed. It is generally less inflammed when I apply ice, aloe vera gel or wash with purple potassium permanganate solution but most of the other time, it would be red.
Day 1 of Papaw ointment
As with every ointment, papaw is slightly greasy upon application. However, after applying a small pea size amount, spreading it over the rash, it absorbs quickly and leaves a thin film of ointment over the area. It cleanses the wound as now, the ooze stops and the raw skin seems to dry up. After about 30 min, the greasiness feel will slowly go away. The good thing is I didn’t need to put another layer of moisturizer. It adds a moisturizing layer to retain the moisture and prevent dry skin.
After several days…
Since my skin did not sting and accepted the ointment well in one area, I decided to apply over several areas as well. After a few days, I notice significant improvement in healing progress of the rash. Because it’s less oozy(wet), the raw skin closed up faster and allowed new skin to grow below the wound. The area became less inflammed in general and healed faster to my normal skin colour, just slight pigmentation from the healing.
End of Week 2…
By the end of week 2, my rash spot was almost fully healed, only left with stubborn spots due to my night scratching (habitual).
I am truly impressed by this ointment and decided to use regularly on my flared-up spots. This ointment can also be applied for nappy rash and wound for babies, I started applying in on our 11 month baby instead of his normal Sudocream.
Do note that there have been reported cheaper ‘copycats’ in the internet. If you want to try out this ointment for yourself and your family, you can order it now here at Skinshare Singapore. To ensure authenticity, the manufacturer’s barcode is validated.
It comes in 2 sizes – travel, handy size 25g tube and economical, family pack size 75g tub :
SUPERIOR ORGANIC ALTERNATIVE TO PAPAW OINTMENT : Kakadu Plum Ointment
Some customers who prefer an organic & petroleum-free based ointment now have an option to try our recommended latest Australian superfruit Kakadu plum ointment which is now available in Singapore. Kakadu plum ointment usage and benefits are similar but with additional benefit of having much higher Vitamin C content (world’s richest natural source of Vitamin C – (~100 times greater than an orange)).
The Kakadu Plum has been an important Australian traditional medicine for its healing properties for 1000’s of years due to its huge stores of antioxidant, minerals and phytonutrients. Our Kakadu plum ointment is 100% Australian made & directly sourced from the original manufacturer in Western Australia, and now exclusively available at Skinshare SG shop.