MooGoo: Skin Care From Nature

MooGoo: Skin Care From Nature


Tabetha Moreto: Hello everyone, welcome to
Health Professional Radio. I’m your host for today, Tabetha Moreto. Our guest today is Craig Jones, CEO and founder
of MooGoo – a line of natural skin care products for people with
sensitive skin. He’s here to talk about his company and how
people can manage their skin conditions, particularly eczema. Without further ado, welcome to the show Craig. It’s very nice to have you here. Craig Jones: Hello Tabetha, thank you for
inviting me. Tabetha: My pleasure. So Craig, please tell the audience more about
yourself and your company. How did you get started? Craig: MooGoo started 12 years ago quite by
accident, I was doing something completely different. My mother had psoriasis and quite severe psoriasis,
it was all over her body except for her face and she was using the other balms they use
on cows to to repair the skin on cows’ udders because as you can imagine the milk cups are
quite chafing, they can’t be bleeding in the milk or anything so they had this repair balm
and she was using this on her psoriasis and a sort of a common country remedy, this particular
cream is very thick and pasty and difficult to use so I saw her using that, I took some
back, talked to some friends that were in skincare, we remade it so they’re was much
more comfortable and it was just for her really and I started using it myself, my wife was
using it, friends would come over and that’s how our first cream came about. But now in the 12 years later we’re in about
3,000 pharmacies, we export to about 6 or 7 different countries and it’s just grown
and grown which has been fantastic journey. Tabetha: Yes, it sounds like it indeed. That’s good that your mother was able to give
you the inspiration that you need in order to create your company and the products that
you have now. Craig: Yeah, I mean it’s always been sort
of like that, friends or family and now the businesses larger, there’s sort of an obligation
to the people that work here as well as well as to our current customers. You can see from our social media, a lot of
people are passionate supporters of us and what we make and rely on our products. Tabetha: Yes, that’s fantastic. So what other products do you offer aside
from the cream that you mentioned a while ago? Craig: The excellent psoriasis cream is our
most popular product but not by a lot. Our second most popular product is a shampoo
that we make for people with sensitive scalps or seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff – that’s
our second biggest product. We also make products for cradle cap, make
a range of products for children with skin problems, make natural sunscreens, all sorts
of stuff for people that would tend to react to other products. Tabetha: That’s very good to know. From what I know Craig, Australia has one
of the highest rates of eczema in the world, can you explain why is that? Craig: Yeah, it’s interesting. So we do have one of the highest rates of
eczema and we have one of the highest rates of asthma as well which as most practitioners
would know are linked and there’s a few theories for it. We have a large Chinese Australian population
and children of Chinese background in Australia are more predisposed to developing eczema
so that could be a reason and there’s various issues around the gut flora and exposure to
different pathogens in when a child is very young so our very clean environment here perhaps
to do with early antibiotic use but for whatever reason, one in three Australian children can
have eczema sometime through their life so eczema is a big problem in Australia. I think it’s a big problem in the States as
well. Tabetha: Yes, I understand what you mean. So can you give any advice to our listeners
out there, especially those who might have eczema, how can they manage their condition? Craig: Well the trick of course is to figure
out what the trigger is to the eczema. So eczema is the immune system reacting inappropriately
to some sort of something that it perceives as a pathogen. So in my case for example, mangoes if I have
mangoes I’ll break out an eczema about two or three days later and I didn’t discover
that actually somebody else pointed that out to me that that was the trigger because the
eczema would happen a little bit later. So overall, the main thing is to try and be
observant. If you’ve got a child particularly, be observant
of what they’re eating that might have changed or what’s changed in their environment. So if they’re rolling in grass, if they’re
brushing against a particular tree that’s in flower, that may be the trigger. So that’s all well and good but it’s not going
to help them sleep at night while they’re madly scratching so that’s where we come in
and also where the medicated creams steroid type creams come in. So general advice would be if it’s a bad outbreak,
go to your doctor. Probably get some steroid cream from them
so cortisone type cream and then you can use that for a short period of time as per your
doctor’s advice, maybe a week or two, to get the eczema under control and that’s where
our cream comes in after that. So you can use our cream as long as you need,
you just rub it on whenever it’s itchy, that improves the skin barrier function and so
that makes you more resistant to eczema. And then while you’re doing that, just be
observant about the food and the environment that you or your child is exposed to. Tabetha: Fantastic advice. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Craig: Yeah, that’s alright. Also, there’s a lot of research around improving
the gut flora so probiotics and things like that. Be careful with antibiotic use, particularly
as an infant or child as per your doctor’s advice of course. Tabetha: That’s wonderful. By the way Craig, before we go, there’s something
I wanted to ask you earlier before I forget. The name of your company MooGoo, where did
you get it? It’s so interesting, where did you get that
name? Craig: I have to credit my mother actually
because the cream that she was using was called udder cream and she was a particular country
lady and they can be quite conservative and udder cream to her sounded a little bit crass
and so she was the one that used to call it MooGoo so that she wouldn’t have to say the
word ‘udder’ in front of her friends I think. Tabetha: Very interesting, thank you so much. And lastly before we go, for those interested
in purchasing your products, how can they do that? Craig: Just google MooGoo and we tend to come
up and then we’ve got the online store, in Australia we’ve a few thousand pharmacies
as well so you can go along to one of those but we’ve also got an office there in the
U.S. in Long Beach, California and so we just ship it out from there as well. So yeah, google MooGoo and we’ll always come
up. Tabetha: Fantastic. Thank you so much Craig for coming on the
show, it was wonderful having you. Craig: Thanks Tabetha, it was very interesting. Tabetha: And that was Craig Jones, CEO and
founder of MooGoo. If you liked this interview
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