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very dry skin? what should I do?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I've had dry skin since birth (keratosis on my arms,legs and a bit on my bum) and I was wondering is using creams, oils and lotions a gimmick? It ends up being extremely expensive and I find it only makes my skin feel a bit softer, but isn't really a great help otherwise... I eat quite well, have been upping the fat intake and trying to decrease time spent in the shower...Is there anything else I can do to help my skin?

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on January 21, 2014
at 09:01 PM

Vaseline is a petroleum product, yes, many of us grew up using this for practically everything, even squeaky doors and drawers that stick!! There are so many better options as listed in other posts. Start by hydrating from the inside out with plenty of good quality water and healthy fats. My Italian grandmother believed in olive oil in the bath. She had beautiful skin until the day she passed.

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on October 22, 2013
at 09:28 AM

I usually shower in luke warm water, because I have noticed if it's too hot it tends to be worse.Must try the cold showers, although I don't know if they'll be easy now the weather's getting colder!

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on May 25, 2013
at 07:14 AM

After thinking about your responses I am game to try cocnut oil this summer on my dry heals. Just for the record sarcasm is not appreciated, I was just giving an honest opinion.

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on May 25, 2013
at 07:05 AM

Catemoon, you are very lucky and probably have amazing skin genes. Most people aren't s lucky and need creams of some sort. I used to be freaked out about Vaseline but I just see it simply as a seal now it doesn't penetrate the skin as far as I know. I find it really helps with dry heals from wearing sandals all summer. Each to his own.

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on May 19, 2013
at 12:50 PM

I don't think that your advice is right for everyone. I have never used any creams or potions on my face at all, and now they know that I've hit fifty, new friends are starting to make some extremely complimentary remarks about the youthful and unlined appearence of my skin. I'd advise people not to line the pockets of big business facecream manufacturers, wash with water, and to use coconut oil on dry patches

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on May 18, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Yikes! Well I am certainly no doctor. Didn't know that! I found with my skin (dry, but not extremely dry) that exfoliating allowed my skin to absorb more moisture. I guess as with everything, YMMV.

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on May 18, 2013
at 10:22 PM

Exfoliating is fine for normal or slightly dry skin. My dermatologist told me to stop exfoliating my flaky, dry and sensitive skin, as it makes it thinner and more sensitive (and in some cases, raw and oozing)

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on May 18, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Vaseline? Sounds brilliant lets throw some petroleum on your body. Now seriously, the best thing you can do is water and baking soda and exfoliate.

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on May 19, 2013
at 10:00 AM

I wouldn't use vaseline, it's said to 'trap in moisture' but it's hardly a paleo solution. Coconut oil seems to disperse well into my skin and keeps it smooth and soft, perhaps it would also work for you. In fact, the increased fat in my paleo diet seems to have done wonders for the dry patches on my heels and elbows. No proof though, I'm afraid, just anecdotal.

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Vitamin D for keratosis! Seriously. 5,000 IUs daily should clear that up.

As for dry skin, make sure you're eating a good amount of saturated fats, and if that doesn't cut it, there's no shame in using products topically. Raw shea butter, raw cocoa butter, coconut oil and olive oil all make great moisturizers. Don't forget to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells! I typically use a natural loofah pad twice a week and apply raw shea butter every night before bed. It's made my skin so smooth and glowing.

68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 18, 2013
at 10:22 PM

Exfoliating is fine for normal or slightly dry skin. My dermatologist told me to stop exfoliating my flaky, dry and sensitive skin, as it makes it thinner and more sensitive (and in some cases, raw and oozing)

34f00c7b4e5738cf04ead1a012a14ed1

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on May 18, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Yikes! Well I am certainly no doctor. Didn't know that! I found with my skin (dry, but not extremely dry) that exfoliating allowed my skin to absorb more moisture. I guess as with everything, YMMV.

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on May 18, 2013
at 08:03 PM

I have to slather oil all over my body after my showers or will get eczema spots. I've tried many brands of creams, lotions, and oils but the best/ cheapest one I've found that does a good job is extra virgin olive oil. My skin loves EVOO.

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on May 18, 2013
at 06:40 PM

I've got really dry skin. This is what I find helpful

  • If you live in a hardwater area, get a water filter on your shower/bath
  • don't shower, take baths
  • only bath every 2-3 days depending on workouts. Wash important bits in between 2x a day
  • put coconut oil, cream and oats in the bath
  • don't use soap
  • use eucerin products. If not, look for urea, lactate, aquaporins, hyalauronic acid in ingredients
  • don't drink alcohol, at all, ever 0 get a humidifier for your house and office

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on January 21, 2014
at 10:11 PM

Vitamin A and copper. Eat beef liver.

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on October 22, 2013
at 07:39 AM

are you taking hot or cold showers?

i was amazed by the overnight results of switching to cold showers: 1) dandruff cleared up for the first time since I was a preteen, 2) no longer susceptible to razor burn, 3) general clearing of acne on face and arms, 4) atopic dermatitis spots i was constantly fighting cleared up.

i'm pretty convinced how unnatural it is to wash in anything other than cold water. not as soothing or enjoyable as a hot shower, but healthier for your skin in my opinion.

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on October 22, 2013
at 09:28 AM

I usually shower in luke warm water, because I have noticed if it's too hot it tends to be worse.Must try the cold showers, although I don't know if they'll be easy now the weather's getting colder!

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on May 18, 2013
at 04:12 PM

Use Vaseline on your elbows, knees and soles of your feet. Try coconut oil on your face and body at night. Creams are not gimmicks. If you don't wear creams especially on your face you will age prematurely. I'd also get a good day cream for your face, a line I like is Eminence which is organic and divine. Another body cream I like is Aveeno.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on May 18, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Vaseline? Sounds brilliant lets throw some petroleum on your body. Now seriously, the best thing you can do is water and baking soda and exfoliate.

355ae559fc7c4038c63b5897d74e8a40

(196)

on May 19, 2013
at 12:50 PM

I don't think that your advice is right for everyone. I have never used any creams or potions on my face at all, and now they know that I've hit fifty, new friends are starting to make some extremely complimentary remarks about the youthful and unlined appearence of my skin. I'd advise people not to line the pockets of big business facecream manufacturers, wash with water, and to use coconut oil on dry patches

Ea3e7e2639d07474a611a267344a3296

(76)

on May 25, 2013
at 07:14 AM

After thinking about your responses I am game to try cocnut oil this summer on my dry heals. Just for the record sarcasm is not appreciated, I was just giving an honest opinion.

Ea3e7e2639d07474a611a267344a3296

(76)

on May 25, 2013
at 07:05 AM

Catemoon, you are very lucky and probably have amazing skin genes. Most people aren't s lucky and need creams of some sort. I used to be freaked out about Vaseline but I just see it simply as a seal now it doesn't penetrate the skin as far as I know. I find it really helps with dry heals from wearing sandals all summer. Each to his own.

9b24eb76d739f9ab97749c0d2672150d

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on January 21, 2014
at 09:01 PM

Vaseline is a petroleum product, yes, many of us grew up using this for practically everything, even squeaky doors and drawers that stick!! There are so many better options as listed in other posts. Start by hydrating from the inside out with plenty of good quality water and healthy fats. My Italian grandmother believed in olive oil in the bath. She had beautiful skin until the day she passed.

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