I have had very dry skin since birth. I experience many problems during the winter. Can you please suggest to me any treatments/products for permanent treatment for it. This is a genetic problem in my family.
By Arvind from India
I've heard that olive is is a very good moisturizer for the skin. (10/24/2009)
By Patty Lynn
I use a couple of tablespoons of baby oil in my bath. Also, I put baby oil all over my legs before I shower or take a bath, which are flaky in the winter. It seems to get rid of the flaky and most of the oil is removed from your skin so your clothing is not ruined.
Soap is probably the worst thing you can use on dry skin, it just gets worse. I have used soap made from goat's milk and it is very gentle. You need to do some research on eczema which is a skin irritation. Sorry, dry skin does not go away and needs constant attention. My husband has flaky dry skin, he does not use soap on his face, but has used baby oil for years and washes it off. A lot of facial masks are drying, so be careful what you use. (10/24/2009)
My skin on my face and neck was do dry it was forming a a barrier that no moisturizer could get through. Someone told me to use baby oil in my palm with a little white or brown sugar as an exfoliant on these areas. But be gentle. I do this once or twice a month. I also got a jar of lanolin from the local pharmacy as my moisturizer. It's tacky, so pull your hair back. It also works great on elbows, hands, feet, and dry lips. (10/24/2009)
I have dry skin (very dry) and live in Colorado so when the heaters come on in the winter it takes a toll on my skin.
I keep humidifiers going all the time and use the newer Jergens Ultra Healing skin lotion. I swear this is the best lotion I have ever purchased. It's mid range in drugstore lotion pricing and I often find it on sale. My only complaint is that there is the light scent of their "original" formula.
It's better then Curel (and cheaper) and way better than the Suave version. In a pinch, Vaseline's Intensive Rescue is pretty good, but Jergens Ultra Healing wins hands down.
Oh, and instead of olive oil, as I was flipping through channels the other day, landed on Dr. Oz's new talk show and they had mentioned that safflower oil has the same exact qualities of olive oil without smelling like a salad.
Anyhow, never been happier with a lotion, especially for the price, than I have been with Jergens Ultra Healing and humidifiers are a must where I live and help so very much. (10/24/2009)
Try a lotion with Shea butter in it, it's very softening. Cocoa butter is also good. And Bert's Bees has a great oil you can put in your bath that really softens the skin. Also use an exfoliator scrub on your skin in the shower once a week. It gets rid of the dead flaky skin cells, be sure and apply a good moisturizer afterward. (10/26/2009)
Nicole is right. Equal amounts of olive oil and sugar are the best thing I have ever used. The sugar exfoliates and the oil moistens. Beyond that, you might want to contact webmd.com or see a doctor. Good luck! (10/27/2009)
I have the same problem and it gets worse during cold, wet weather. I've been to dermatologists for years. They've tried several things, but nothing really took care of the problem. I wasted time and money. When we moved to Denver, I was told that the skiers used Bag Balm.
It's a product that is used on cow udders to keep them from cracking in cold weather. (You can buy it in some pet stores, livestock feed stores, some drugstores, or on-line.) It is inexpensive and works well. The only problem is that it has a medicinal odor, so you may want to use it at night. I believe there is a similar product out there that doesn't have a smell. (10/27/2009)
A wonderful skin protection/moisturizer I have been making for years: one cup schmaltz (rendered chicken fat, such as when you boil a chicken for salad or soup) melted and hot and 1/2 cup chamomile flowers or elderberry flowers or a combination of both. Mix together while fat is almost hot enough to "fry" the flowers and allow to sit at room temp and cool. Once it's cool, but still a bit liquid, strain into a sterile jar and allow to cool completely. Keep this in the frig. Before you wash dishes, clean with any kind of chemicals, put on rubber gloves, garden, go out in the cold, rub a good dollop into hands and any other area that's very dry. Most people don't know I do a lot of farm work, since my hands sure don't show it. (10/27/2009)
My daughter had a severe dry skin problem and her doctor told her to use nothing, but Dove soap and lukewarm water to shower in. Immediately after drying off and skin is still damp, apply lotion (we used Jergens) to lock in the moisture. Within two weeks her skin was normal and the only time it started to get bad again was on trips when she used regular soap so she started packing her own soap to take along. (10/28/2009)
Crisco shortening is the best. It contains vitamin a and palm oil which are very good for the skin and it's cheap. Just melt in the microwave for a few seconds then apply to skin. (11/06/2009)
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