Mum who got eczema so bad she didn’t leave home shares ‘unbelievable’ cure she found on YouTube

A mum who blames menopause for causing eczema to break out on her face and neck and is so embarrassed by her ‘red pristine’ skin that she hasn’t left home for three weeks is sharing her £9.50 ‘miracle cure’ .

When Lisa Dispirito, 54, first noticed angry red bumps on her neck in January 2022, she thought she was allergic to the perfume she bought for Christmas.

But the rash quickly spread, and the usually clear-faced retired bank manager finally realized that she had eczema caused by hormonal changes during menopause.

Lisa, who lives in Bidford, Devon, with her partner, retired taxi driver John, 55, and has two grown children, Kia, 27, and Georgia, 23, said: “At first I didn’t Not too worried but over time the rash spread to my neck and chest and then to my face and eyes.

At first, Lisa thought the red rash on her neck was an allergic reaction to the perfume she bought for Christmas. (collection/pa real life)

“Every morning when I get up, I look in the mirror and it gets worse.

“I’ve had clear skin all my life, so I was really shocked. It made me feel so low, honestly, and I was worried I couldn’t get rid of it.”

She added: “I didn’t want anyone to see my face, there was a time when I didn’t step out of the house for three weeks.”

Desperate to clear the teal and itchy rash, Lisa started ordering various creams online.

“I’ve tried everything, all the high street brands, and it’s getting worse,” she said.

Lisa said she didn’t even want her partner John to see her face during the emergency. (collection/pa real life)

She added: “It was red and itchy like crazy. I had very dry around my eyes and it looked like I had two dark eyes. My skin was peeling.

“I stepped up my cleansing and moisturizing routine, but nothing seemed to ease the itching or clear up the irritated rash that seemed to be spreading and intensifying.

“I’m really worried and very frustrated with my skin condition. I’ve never had a skin problem like this before and my family doesn’t have eczema.”


After being unable to leave home for three weeks, I ventured to Morrison at the end of the road.

Lisa Dispirito

Lisa admitted she was reluctant to make doctor appointments and wanted to figure things out on her own.

“I don’t want to go to the doctor for a lot of reasons, I know how tight their appointments are, but I don’t want to be in public,” she said.

“I took a photo of my face in case I decided to call to make an appointment.”

Lisa’s eczema disappeared within two weeks of using the eye gel. (collection/pa real life)

She added: “I felt like I was having a nightmare and it was horrible. My partner was really supportive but I didn’t even want him to look at me and I was in my separate bedroom because I was itching to sleep Not conscious.”

Lisa also hid her skin from her daughters and did not visit them in Kent during the outbreak.

“My daughters don’t know how bad it is, but it scares me,” she said.

Desperate to clear the teal and itchy rash, Lisa started ordering various creams online. (collection/pa real life)

By March 2022, Lisa said a red rash and dry skin had spread to her face.

She said: “After being unable to leave home for three weeks, I ventured to Morrison at the end of the road.

“I tried to cover my eczema with a scarf around my neck but couldn’t hide it.”


I told my partner that it was a good job for me not to work because I would be sick for weeks.

Lisa Dispirito

She added: “I only lasted 10 minutes to leave and go home quickly.”

Lisa is thankful that she retired in May 2020 without having to face her colleagues.

“I told my partner that it was a good job for me not to work because I would be on sick leave for several weeks.”


Looking at the difference, it’s sometimes hard to believe my eyes after all the ups and downs my skin has gone through.

Lisa Dispirito

“With the state my face is in, it’s impossible for me to face work,” she said.

Determined to find out what was going on, Lisa Googled her symptoms and concluded that menopause was to blame for her eczema.

She said: “I started researching my symptoms online to try to figure out what was causing it. I even thought it might be shingles but realised the symptoms didn’t match up.

“I read an article online about a woman who had symptoms similar to mine, eczema on the face, eyes and neck, triggered by menopause.”

Lisa said she didn’t want her daughters to see her face. (collection/pa real life)

She added: “I started experiencing some menopausal symptoms last year and realised this was the only hormonal change I’ve ever experienced that could cause eczema.”

Finding the Skin Shop’s Hydrosil Dry Eye Gel, £9.50 online, and Hydrosil Turmeric Butter and Hypoallergenic Milk Salve, £10.95, Lisa decided to give the products a try.

“At this point, I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work, but after watching the comments on YouTube, I’ve heard good news about this,” she said.

Lisa’s face is now better. (collection/pa real life)

She added: “It’s not an overnight cure. My skin is sore and it takes time to heal and I can tell the product is soothing it.

“Within two weeks, my eczema was gone. After so long of stress and trying different brands, I can’t believe this is finally working.

“I use eye gel and turmeric butter regularly throughout the day and it works really well.”

Lisa admitted she was reluctant to make doctor appointments and wanted to figure things out on her own. (collection/pa real life)

“So much so that I don’t need to use it every day anymore,” she added.

Now, Lisa says she only uses the gel during flare-ups.

“I’m still using my first bottle because I don’t need to use them all the time as soon as my skin dries out again,” she says.

Lisa found Hydrosil and decided to give their product a try. (collection/pa real life)

She added: “I still have flare-ups every now and then, but I nip it in the bud with eye gel.

“Looking at the difference, after all the ups and downs my skin has been through, it’s sometimes hard to believe my eyes.

“I’m social again and no longer feel like a prisoner of my own skin.”


A decrease in estrogen can trigger eczema flare-ups in menopausal women because estrogen is a major factor in collagen production, which keeps the skin elastic and moisturized.

Consultant Dermatologist Eva Melegh MD

Consultant dermatologist Dr Eva Melegh MD said: “Women entering menopause are more likely to experience dry, itchy skin and eczema.

“Reductions in estrogen may trigger eczema flare-ups in menopausal women because estrogen is a major factor in collagen production, which keeps skin elastic and hydrated.

“The skin around the eyes and neck is particularly prone to dryness from the drop in estrogen because it’s so thin that it doesn’t retain much moisture.”

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