|dry itchy skin
||[Feb. 3rd, 2009|06:43 pm]
Mutiple Chemical Sensitivity
I've always had dry skin, but the past few years it's been getting progressively worse. I'd been wondering what I can do about it. It's terribly itchy, and it gets so dry it's painful in places. I have tried vitamin E, my diet is much better than most peoples, and so many different lotions and creams. (I am allergic to Aveenos products as they all seem to have oats in them.) The best thing seems to be a combination of shea butter, coconut oil, Burt's Bees beeswax & banana, and Alba's "Very Emollient Body Lotion". Even with those my skin is horribly dry and itchy. It's driving me crazy. It's worse in winter of course, though summer is not terribly better, though our humid climate and hot temperatures do help it. At the peak of winter (i.e. now) my hands also crack and bleed.|
I do avoid all wheat and even oats in even my skin products, as I am allergic to them. I am also allergic to lanolin and most fragrances. I feel like I have tried so many things to no avail and am feeling frustrated. I have even been only showering every other day, but the day I shower my skin is always particularly itchy and painful. The soaps I use are all natural, and no one (unscented, without allergens) seems to work better or worse than another.
My roommate today said that this is a problem in women: after about age 35 they have trouble with dry skin. I am 40, and have already always had dry skin. Agh! A further complication is that I have dyshidrosis, a skin condition affecting my hands, but I don't have symptoms as long as I don't handle wheat or strong detergents.
Help! Natural suggestions are welcome. What has worked for you? Is there an herbal supplement I can take, or some sort of oil or lotion I can apply that will not be greasy AND stay on my skin?