I’ve had allergies, eczema and very dry skin, my whole life. I’ve often had different creams on rotation, to help manage it. I’ve never been keen on using steroid creams, as I feel they can be a band-aid and don’t go to the source of fixing skin problems. 

A couple of years ago, I went through some hard changes in my life when my Mum passed away. I wasn’t sleeping or eating well, and my son who was under two at the time, wasn’t sleeping well either. I’d developed patchy dark skin on my legs and torso, and I decided not to use a steroid cream as a quick fix.

I sampled some of Medica’s Kawakawa Balm and applied it rigorously every day. I really liked how nourishing it was. It absorbed nicely into my skin, without being too greasy. I liked the comfort of knowing it was all-natural and I could put on as much as I wanted to. 

Over time, the dark angry marks disappeared. The marks had been there quite a while and I was worried they’d be permanent. In combination with eating better, and being in a better emotional space, I believe the Kawakawa balm was a huge help in alleviating my eczema.  

I was so excited and felt confident enough to get my legs out and wear shorts again! I still have the Kawakawa balm on hand and use it as needed. It’s a great staple to have in the cupboard, as it’s greasier than a standard moisturiser and won’t irritate skin.


Koreen Liew-Young