Your Skin May Have More Special Needs Than You Know!Jan 26, 2002 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Personal CareThe Bottom Line Your skin needs care, and if the products you are using do not work, it maybe due to the fact that you have the wrong ones.
I am a diabetic. Through the years I have noticed my skin getting dryer and having constant flaking unless I am in a very humid climate. When we went to England, I was fine, but back in the dry winter climate of the North, all factors were back to normal. I skin was dry and disgusting.
Since it is impossible to always be somewhere that is mild and moist, I have found myself trying all sorts of things for my miserable skin. I have switched to a complete new line of Estee Lauder products for my face, but although that has worked wonders it still left alot of area with serious problems.
I have gone to Bath and Body Works looking for a bath oil, but although I purchased two of their products, the effects were short lived. They do smell very nice, but there was limited effectiveness on my dry skin.
A few weeks ago I developed a rash. I had what appeared to look like measles on my chest and on both arms. It itched so bad that I made my arms bleed. After reading about rashes on the Internet, I knew that if it was getting worse after two days that I needed to see my doctor.
I am fortunate to have located excellent medical care. My doctor took one look at me, and said "I know what you have!"
Well, what was it? He ask me a few more questions pertaining to allergies and asthma, and told me that I had Eczema. That word send chills down my spine. Wasn't that something that "old" people had?
He explained that there were ways to treat it, but it could easily come back. One of the biggest reasons I had developed it was because of my dry skin. The first course of treatment was a steriod prescription ointment and then he set up a shopping list of things that I should be using that would help control my miserable skin.
First: Do you have a water softner? No we do not. Well, that helps decrease the minerals that will remain and irritate your already dry skin.
Second: You live in a dry, cold climate, and other than move, you can do nothing about that. However, when you bathe, do not rub your skin, but pat it dry with the towel. Also, don't take long showers or baths.
Third: Change to a non-irritating, and non-drying soap. He recommended Cetaphyl which I find does a wonderful job. It can be purchased in almost any store that has a good speciality selection of soaps. I got mine at Target.
Fourth: Do not use skin lotions, use a creme! Well, that was a new twist. This was a recommendation for Eucerin which I had used the lotion, but now I was getting the Moisturizing Creme. I must admit it is kind of like lard, but it does wonders for my skin. It says right on the jar that "provides long-lasting moisturization that helps to relieve extra dry, chapped or chafed skin or dry skin associated with eczema or psoriasis." I must say this is kind of a chore to work this into your skin, but again, it is working wonders.
It took a nasty rash, that I may have to deal with on and off forever to make me really learn what I need to do to keep my skin from been so miserably dry.
My whole hearted recommendation is skip the body lotions, oils, and moisturizers, and go right for the speciality soaps and CREMES!
P.S. A helpful comment was made that this review pertains to eczema. It does not. It just turned out that because of this medical condition I was told what to do to keep your skin well hydrated. Also, I would like to add that he recommended drinking at least 10 glasses of water each day.
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