For some people keeping skin healthy is an easy task. People with no allergies can use any type of cream or lotion, soaps and bath oils, and eat any food with no problems. But then there are those of us that suffer from various skin disorders with no easy cure, if there is a cure at all.
I have (Atopic Dermatitis) better know as eczema. The skin on my lower left leg has a scaly itchy rash that I have doctored for years in trying to heal, and yet it remains as a constant irratation for me. My medical doctors provide various steriod creams that either don't work at all or cause further skin damage as the skin becomes thin and allows infections to set in. It is a frustration where there is no end in sight and thus I have become discouraged in my battle for healthy skin.
Many companies push certain creams and lotions as if their brand will cure all skin rashes and disorders, but most do not work or only hold the rash at bay but do not heal the problem and many are left feeling there is no hope of healing.
I have resorted to trying some natural remedies in hopes of improving my over all health and skin problem. Some of the treatments I have tried include adding different products to my bath water. Vinegar is said to kill bacteria and so I have used 1 cup to 1 pint, in warm water in the bathtub. Or another choice I tried is using Baking Soda, 1/2 to 1 cup in warm bath water. Or Epsom Salts is said to work using 2 cups in a warm water bath. Plus Bath Oils are good by adding them on the water in the bath tub or applying after bathing. Or Natural Sea Salt is used in 1 cup put in a warm water bath. Note I said warm water, do not use hot water as it will dry out your skin even more.
There are all types of creams and ointments and lotions available. A cream is a thick mixture of greases and water, an ointment is a semi-thick greases and water, and a lotion is a mixture of oil and water. The need for such products is moisturizers provide skin hydration and barrier function protection.
But as we who suffer know other things must change to allow the growth of new skin cells that are healthy, and this can mean diet changes, as well as, the use of antioxidants and vitamins, probiotics and real organic foods and juices, and fresh clean water.
In my case I decided to have a hair analysis done to see what vitamins and minerals my body was lacking and what if any toxic elements might be in my body. The report I received gave me a explaination of all the element ranges and of what the foods are I should eat and those I should avoid.
It showed I had a slow metabolism and showed what vitamins and minerals, and other supplements to take to improve my health. I also discussed with my natural doctor the use of products for detoxifing my GI tract and if it would be worthwhile for me to do it. We decided to try and improve my health first by means of better foods and more fiber and taking vitamin D. I also discovered that using Colloidal Silver, in a spray bottle and misting it on my leg each moring and night improved my raw skin areas and calms the skin making the itch go away. Thus by not scratching my skin it is in better condition.
Also I am using Vitamin E oil on my rash, as it too helps protect the skin and takes away the urge to scratch. I have recently heard about using Tree Oil and Coconut Oil, as healing products for skin problems and plan to use them in the future.
What works for me may not work for you, but just by taking a closer look at what is available and being open-minded on the ways of natural healing might give you some welcome relief.