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Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:07 am      Reply with quote
I have a somewhat complicated issue.
I know I have some allergies and inflamation and sometimes that just shows up on my skin.
Recently I took some antibiotics and I'm pretty sure that is what has made my skin red in some spots.

Right now I've been using fragrance free everything and that does help.
But I still have some stubborn redness that is very itchy on my legs that is taking forever to go away.

I have gone to the doctor and that is just useless for me. They will just tell me to use Cortisone cream...and that actually make my skin feel like it burns and their solution to that??
Use a stronger cortisone cream (rolls eyes).

What would be a good moisturizing product to use during the day (or night).

Right now I am using Cetaphil as a body wash sometimes and other times a fragrance free oatmeal soap and those are ok.

Afterwards I tried Aveno (made me itchy).
Derma E fragrance free (nice but still some redness).

Some Aloe body oil- that made my skin much less dry but still a few red dry spots.
-I can't get this body oil easily right now, so am looking for something else to use.

So far from EDS I was about to buy the Juice beauty body oil..but it is no longer listed online (it was there yesterday)?

Maybe trying the Russel organics pure Shea butter?

Not too sure what else to try.
I had some Emu oil here and that was ok too.
But considering I have to apply this to my knees,ankles and the sides of my legs (and elbows)- it is not very affordable.

I just remembered reading about how some people are using coconut oil or coconut butter.
has anyone tried this?
I know the health food store sells some that is organic meant more for cooking-but I'm sure it is ok to put on the body too?
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Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:16 am      Reply with quote
I have heard very good things about this product for what you are experiencing, it has cortizone but is mixed with natural soothing butters ect.


FixMySkin Body Balm is easy to use and convenient, too.

This unscented, jumbo balm stick is larger than a lip balm, making it quick and easy to apply to your hands, elbows, heels and more.
But, the FixMySkin Body Balm also fits neatly in your tote or bag – it’s less than three ounces – so it’s convenient to take to the office, on the road, on a plane or just around town.

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Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:51 am      Reply with quote
IMO stop using any sulphate surfactants or alkaline soaps on your body, these are proven to damage the skin barrier which leaves you vulnerable to irritation from other products, even irritation from the fluoride and chlorine in tap water! This includes not allowing shampoo bubbles to wash over your body in the shower.

Moisturiser-wise consider a product that contains the lipids and/ or humectants naturally found in the skin barrier. These include cholesterol, ceramides, long chain saturates (stearic and palmitic acid), urea, lactic acid, glycosaminoglycans, amino acids. Natural ingredients that supply these include medical/ cosmetic grade lanolin, unrefined shea butter (West African not East), lecithin, high strength aloe vera gel. A combination of humectant and lipid is best absorbed and most effective, either in the form of a commercial moisturiser or you can make shea-aloe butter.

IMO limit or avoid any oils that are rich in oleic acid because research suggests this may contribute to irritation and abnormal keratinisation. These oils include olive, avocado, emu and almond. Other oils such as coconut will certainly act as an occlusive (barrier) but won't directly improve the health of the skin. Some people with eczematous/ atopic skin benefit from the GLA in borage oil, it is thought these people have a genetic 'fault' such that they cannot properly convert dietary LA to GLA.

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Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:48 pm      Reply with quote
Use Rose Body Butter. It is Luxurious natural body butter scented with Rose good for nourishing and soothing the skin. Apply as often as needed by rubbing all over the body for extra nourishment.
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Another thought that may help on a systemic level are you taking any probiotics? The Antibiotics usually throw off our good/bad microbe balance. Smile

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My son use coconut oil and it is good for him.
However it is not very useful for my allergy skin. It may be not suitable for everyone.

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DarkMoon wrote:
Another thought that may help on a systemic level are you taking any probiotics? The Antibiotics usually throw off our good/bad microbe balance. Smile


Nope, not taking any.
I did eat some yogurt that is organic and has probiotics though- but doubt that is good enough.

I will remember to pick up some capsules at the store today.
I know antibiotics throw off microbe balance and totally "forgot" about that.
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Ottawa Shopper wrote:
DarkMoon wrote:
Another thought that may help on a systemic level are you taking any probiotics? The Antibiotics usually throw off our good/bad microbe balance. Smile


Nope, not taking any.
I did eat some yogurt that is organic and has probiotics though- but doubt that is good enough.

I will remember to pick up some capsules at the store today.
I know antibiotics throw off microbe balance and totally "forgot" about that.


I am big on probiotics, any time I have to take antibiotics I load up to avoid the dreaded yeast infection! Laughing
I take one daily anyway... Very Happy

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Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:45 am      Reply with quote
DarkMoon wrote:
Ottawa Shopper wrote:
DarkMoon wrote:
Another thought that may help on a systemic level are you taking any probiotics? The Antibiotics usually throw off our good/bad microbe balance. Smile


Nope, not taking any.
I did eat some yogurt that is organic and has probiotics though- but doubt that is good enough.

I will remember to pick up some capsules at the store today.
I know antibiotics throw off microbe balance and totally "forgot" about that.


I am big on probiotics, any time I have to take antibiotics I load up to avoid the dreaded yeast infection! Laughing
I take one daily anyway... Very Happy


I just remembered I have been taking Priori skin supplement and there is probiotics in that.
but doubt I will buy that specific product as I do not "need" it (got it for free).

I will make a note to get some regular probiotics at the store this weekend!
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Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:00 am      Reply with quote
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DarkMoon wrote:
Ottawa Shopper wrote:
DarkMoon wrote:
Another thought that may help on a systemic level are you taking any probiotics? The Antibiotics usually throw off our good/bad microbe balance. Smile


Nope, not taking any.
I did eat some yogurt that is organic and has probiotics though- but doubt that is good enough.

I will remember to pick up some capsules at the store today.
I know antibiotics throw off microbe balance and totally "forgot" about that.


I am big on probiotics, any time I have to take antibiotics I load up to avoid the dreaded yeast infection! Laughing
I take one daily anyway... Very Happy


I just remembered I have been taking Priori skin supplement and there is probiotics in that.
but doubt I will buy that specific product as I do not "need" it (got it for free).

I will make a note to get some regular probiotics at the store this weekend!


I find they keep all our flora and fauna in balance, and help correct if something throws it out of whack. Very Happy

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