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Very dry skin

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  • Posted By: CivokRud
  • August 22, 2007
  • 01:58 PM

Hello. This is my first time here, sorry if I missed anything. I know alot of forums have introduction rituals and what not. Anyway, just need some opinions on a skin condition I have. I don't know what it is and can't afford to go to a dermatologist. Any diagnoses/treatment would be appreciated. It's getting pretty bad. My hands are grossly dry all of the time. They are rough and it gets worse around the lines on my hands. The weird part is when I get them wet the dry spots get seperated and peel off in patches. It looks similar to a drained blister except the skin is not smooth. It is white and bubbly. This part of the condition is concentrated around my hand from thumb to pinkie and spreads onto the palm. For some reason these parts of my hand also hold dirt and grease from work. I can't wash it off, it soaks into my skin. Don't know if this helps but, the skin on my arms and face are mildly dry. Occassionally, they will get worse. Never close to how my hands are though. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

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  • Hello. This is my first time here, sorry if I missed anything. I know alot of forums have introduction rituals and what not. Anyway, just need some opinions on a skin condition I have. I don't know what it is and can't afford to go to a dermatologist. Any diagnoses/treatment would be appreciated. It's getting pretty bad. My hands are grossly dry all of the time. They are rough and it gets worse around the lines on my hands. The weird part is when I get them wet the dry spots get seperated and peel off in patches. It looks similar to a drained blister except the skin is not smooth. It is white and bubbly. This part of the condition is concentrated around my hand from thumb to pinkie and spreads onto the palm. For some reason these parts of my hand also hold dirt and grease from work. I can't wash it off, it soaks into my skin. Don't know if this helps but, the skin on my arms and face are mildly dry. Occassionally, they will get worse. Never close to how my hands are though. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.you may be allergic to the grease you sound like a mechanic. You can try hydrocotizone cream from over the counter only for your hand and try hand lotion for the rest of your body. my daughter has 4 different rashes a year kinda stange but most of the rashes were treated with different stengths of hydrocortizone sry not great at spelling. and some with steroids which are hard to get with out a dermotoligist.good luck hope it helps
    Patty724 4 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 03:09 PM
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  • I studied skin care at college so will try to help. If its just a problem of very dry skin and you havent got another skin condition, you could try the following. Include more foods which are rich in essential fatty acids in your diet eg avocado, nuts and seeds. Try taking Linseed/flax oil capsules (contains EFAs) and vitamin E and make sure you drink plenty of water in your diet. Use ONLY natural things on your skin and AVOID CHEMICAL CONTACT with your skin (eg wear gloves when doing the dishes). Most products one gets at the chemist for dry skin, actually block pores or dry skin out further due to alcohol and mineral oils being in the products, so avoid using them. Soak your hands in warm water first, before using natural skin moisturizer (soaking first will help trap moisure in and it will pentrate further). Moisurise in morning as it helps provide some protection during the day. For dry skin one can make up a moisurizer by mixing a combination of almond, apricot kernel, peanut, wheatgerm, olive, avocado and cocoa butter. I also like to break open and add a capsule of vit E to this too. One can also apply moisurizer to hands and then put on cotton gloves before going to bed. I hope this helps.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 03:10 PM
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  • I have used Bag Balm for dry skin. It's petroleum-based. Smells a little funky, but is really effective. Wash or wet your hands, towel dry then apply. Of course if you are having issues with motor oil, becareful as you may be allergic.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 05:18 PM
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  • As said previously, wear gloves as much as possible. To remove the ingrained grease, Lava soap might be too harsh. Try baking soda mixed with a baby soap like Johnsons which will scrub gently at the grease. Do this only once in a while. Dove soap bar, which is not really a soap, will help your hands (at not too much cost). My mom got the same kind of dry blisters from using dish-washing liquid when doing the dishes. Are you a man? I know you probably won't do this, but find some cotton gloves, like a very soft skin-fitting garden glove, load your hands with Eucerin hand cream or Aquila's recommended Bag Balm and sleep with the gloves on. Only wash the gloves once in a while as you want the hand cream to absorb into the cotton fiber of the glove, and so into your hand. Smear some of your hand creams up your arms also. Tania had a good recipe, and I like shea butter also. Your lady friends will appreciate your soft hands. If you are a woman, vice versa.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 25, 2007
    • 11:13 AM
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  • Thank you all very much. Most of these suggestions are just simple common sense, but I would not have thought of them. I'm going to go to the store tonight and load up on supplies. In a couple weeks I will post again to let everyone know how it's working out. Again, thank you.
    CivokRud 1 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 00:29 AM
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