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Dry flaky skin and Gatorade

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 21, 2010
  • 11:47 AM

I have a skin condition that I've had for a few years. The Docs put me on various steroids, which I used for about 3 years before deciding that I must find a way to get off them. The dry flaky skin is usually around my nose but can spread to my eye lids and eyebrows. My chin also get itchy and red, and I can get flaky skin there, but I usually solve this by shaving.

Anyway, at the same time as I decided to stop the topical steroids, I started running about 3kms a day, and after one of these runs I decided to drink some Gatorade. My skin improved quite a bit. So much so, that I decided to try an experiment, and consumed larger amounts of Gatorade over a few days. My skin improved so much that it started to glow, and all flaky skin disappeared.

So I decided that it must be something in the Gatorade, and therefore I must have a vitamin deficiency. Of course, I could just keep drinking Gatorade, but I consider large quantities of that dangerous to my health.

So I have taken a look at the ingredients, and have tried to figure out which ingredients are having this effect.

Gatorade has sucrose, not much glucose, sodium, potassium (monopotassium phospate) and calcium silicate. I'm trying to avoid the sugar and salt.

I have tried Caltrate, which is a Calcium Supplement. Caltrate has Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin D3, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Oxide, Manganese Sulfate. That's been ok for a while, but now my skin condition has returned, so I have been drinking Gatorade again, and the condition is disappearing again.

I have tried bananas for the potassium. Didn't notice much difference. Not sure if this has much of an effect. Now I am starting to look more carefully at the other ingredients of Gatorade. For example, most calcium supplements use calcium carbonate, and gatorade uses calcium silicate. Could it be the silicon I need? Or is there something else I've missed?

Any ideas?

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  • Your condition is called seborrheic dermatitis, and it can often be helped with UV light, just as psoriasis, eczema, and other skin diseases can be helped. It's most likely the fact that you are running that is helping, instead of the gatorade. And congrats on getting off the steroids. Steroids can help a lot, but they are a double-edged sword over the long run.....
    Caladan 87 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 03:16 AM
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  • Your condition is called seborrheic dermatitis, and it can often be helped with UV light, just as psoriasis, eczema, and other skin diseases can be helped. It's most likely the fact that you are running that is helping, instead of the gatorade. And congrats on getting off the steroids. Steroids can help a lot, but they are a double-edged sword over the long run.....Thank you for your response. I actually don't need to be running for Gatorade to have an affect on my skin condition. I can have Gatorade over a period of a few days, without much exercise at all, and the condition improves, almost completely disappearing. The condition returns within a few days of stopping. That's why I am wondering what it contains that might be improving my condition, so I can concentrate on that, and not on consuming high levels of sugar and salt.Secondly, on looking up seborrheic dermatitis on wikipedia, it's kind of freaked me out as it suggests that it could be related to exposure to toxins and could lead to Parkinson's Disease. Is it one of those conditions that guarantees eventually having Parkinson's or is that just one of a vast array of possibilities? Scary for me, because I used to clean the bathroom with Exit Mould, and used to have an after taste after cleaning - too stupid as a youth to stop using it, too.Finally, wikipedia has also suggested that it could be caused by a lack of vitamin B2, B6 and Biotin. So perhaps that could improve my condition?
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  • I should also point out that when I consume Gatorade, my face coloring improves. I'm normally quite a pasty white, my skin looks quite drained. When I consume Gatorade, it gains a lot of reddish color and I don't look sickly anymore.
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  • There are two other ingredients that I should mention that I am using which may or may not be having an effect on my condition. The first is Hope's Relief Cream, and the second is New Zealand Manuka Honey (no I'm not from New Zealand). When I first saw a specialist, he tried to put me on an anti-biotic, but I reacted to the anti-biotic and so I had to stop. So the thought occured to me that if it was bacterial, then Manuka Honey would quite possibly have the same effect (and be safer). I tried that, but in the process of determining which ingredient was improving my condition, I stopped using it. Over time, my condition deteriorated again, even with the Gatorade, so now I think that it might be a combination of Manuka Honey, Gatorade and Hope's Relief. I guess that's the problem with experimentation when no one else is giving you solutions!
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  • So did you ever figure this out? If it was the honey, gatorade or Hopes relief? I experienced the same "glow" when using electrolytes, only my first experience with electrolytes came from being given them through an IV in the hospital a couple of months ago. In an attempt to a few of the ingredients I was given through IV. I do think the electrolyte balance has something to do with it. I am curious if you eventually found the real reason your skin improved???
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  • [edited] So did you ever figure this out? If it was the honey, gatorade or Hopes relief? I experienced the same "glow" when using electrolytes, but my first experience with electrolytes came from being given them through an IV in the hospital a couple of months ago. In an attempt to recreate this glow, I found that gatarade had some of the ingredients I was given through IV. I haven't used it long enough to notice a difference yet, as I just purchased it. But I do think the electrolyte balance has something to do with it. I am curious if you eventually found the real reason your skin improved???
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