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Sunpuppy
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   Posted 12/21/2007 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I've had RA I've noticed dry skin problems especially on my face.  Anyone out there with the same problem and if so what do you do to treat it?  Thanks!

Ginny
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   Posted 12/21/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sunpup,
 
Is it eczema that you have, or just dry skin?  In patches?  All over? Is it like a rash?
 
RA, being autoimmune, will make you more suseptable to skin involvement.  It's the same for me and my lupus.  Eczema is autoimmune. So is psoriosis.  If it's eczema, a cortisone cream will help. Prescription strength is best.  Other than that, I use Galaxol Base, and Aveno skin cream.  Works well for me.  Also, keeping hydrated will help your skin.  If you're dehydrated it will present in your skin as well, so drinking lots of water is important.
 
Hope this helps!
 
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curley
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   Posted 12/22/2007 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes my face is very dry and it's kinda funny because my face use to be really oily and I spent god know's how much trying to get ride of the oil and now I am trying to put it back.
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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 12/23/2007 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Avon skin products for my dry skin............
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erin.K
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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there,
mmm, sorry 'bout the skin issues.  i just had a visit w/ a dermatologist as per a request from my GI doc.(had to get biopsies done)
but while i was there i picked her brain about the same thing.  extremely dry skin & itching & same w/ the scalp too.
her advise was to limit showering to cooler & shorter showers.  if you don't work ina cold mine...than there's no need to really lather up vigorously.
CereVe is new, it's a moisturizer and there's a face wash.  Aveeno was also another suggestion.
Basis or the face is what i use to wash.
also a firm believer in fish oils...for RA & overall everything.
best wishes!
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starrnr
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   Posted 12/27/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Have any furniture you need sanding? LOL tongue

The tops of my hands (at the knuckles) are drier than anything! My hands and fingers get really bad and I always end up with splits and cuts because I'm so dry. I have always had extra dry skin and the med's seem to make it worse. Of course, it's also winter and that doesn't help either. I use Aveeno for extra dry skin and it works wonders. I also do what Erin's doctor recommended -- short, cooler showers and I use soaps with shea butter. I also drink alot of water, which helps more in the warmer weather than the cold weather - never could figure that out. The one and only time I did not have dry skin was when we went to Australia in January/February (their summer). We were there during one of their more wet summers and the humidity gave me the most smooth skin I've ever had. Problem is, I hate humidity (can you say fuzz hair) and would never move to a place that was high in humidity!!!! Ah the joys of it all.... :-)
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erin.K
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   Posted 12/28/2007 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
scool  dear puppy,
i dug through my stash of goo the dermy gave to me.  alrighty, for the "nubular excema" (got a few batches of those suckers here n' there) she RX'd TOPICORT.
 
for the overall extra flaky dry skin on the face & body she gave me: Eucerin Calming ITCH-RELIEF Treatment cooling menthol in a natural oatmeal formula for immedite relief! tongue i do like it very much so far, it works well.  used it all over last night.
and you can not even smell the menthol...it's like o.1%
there's also Eucerin CALMING CREME.
last night i used w/ AVEENO body wash (sensitive skin) for the 1st time.  it a thick creme that bubbles up a bit. smells real nice.
but...still had the itchies all night.  using 2 benedryl 25mg's sometimes helps me.
 
for laundry i swicthed to Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin, fragrance free no dyes.
and no fabric softeners on pillow cases.
 
best wishes!
 
 
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pwolf11
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I already had dry skin to begin with. I felt like I was crawling out of it. I have it under control now. For the scalp that made me cringe I use Paul Mitchell with tea tree oil believe it or not my head hasn't itched since. For my skin:
I take luke warm short showers

Never use bar soap or any antibacterial liquid soap.

Never rub your skin too, lightly wash it like you are washing a baby.

Use a wash cloth once. Those poofs just compile bacteria.

Currently, I am using an one of those oil based shower gels I am having much better luck with that
Immediatly after shower without totally drying off moisturize with the best you can afford.

Pot creams are better than lotions. I had no luck with eucerin or cetaphil. I have the best luck with palmers pot cocoa butter. I just coat my skin then put on some old cloths.

Don't neglect your feet after showering I right away make sure I put some thick and gooey creme on them then and old pair of socks. Right now I am using Burt's bees coconut foot creme. ( it smells so good) Bag balm works great too.You can do this with your hands too and put on gloves. If you can sleep in all this it's better.

On my face I have a problem with any over the counter cream. It doesn't work. They are o.k. but really don't do the job. I have to gently exfoliate to get down to skin that I can actually moisturize. I just lightly use sugar and a bit of water. I have had nice results with Lancome's Absolute and some of the Adrian Arpel over 40 stuff the sell on QVC or home shopping been using it for last three years. I am only 38 now. I hate her makeup only some of her skin care stuff is acceptable. If your loaded use Estee Lauder or a department store brand. Make an effort to go there and try them out and ask for samples. Look for a face cream with a time release formula.

If none of this works and your skin isn't any better see if you can take benadryl orally or topically for itching and put a bag of frozen vegies on the worst spots.

Moisturize yourself from the inside use good fats in food and drink a ton of water!

Oh! and I live in Buffalo, NY so I keep a scarf over my face when I go out. I keep the heat down as low as possible or use a humidifier in my room at night to make up for what forced air heating takes away.

Like I said I started out with dry skin. I hope some of this helps.

I have AS and Fibro. I am only on my second dose of remicade.

God bless

erin.K
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   Posted 12/29/2007 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  golly-jee!
hey that was probably the best, practical...matter-o-fact compilation of really GREAT advise i've read in a long time!
thanks bunches pwolf!
hey...do you know Yally?  she lives in Buffalo too! hey yally introduce yourself, lol.
welcome to the HW forum pwolf.
see you soon.
cheers
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starrnr
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   Posted 12/29/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow - excellent information there. Think I'll start using some of your suggestions today! Strange thing, my face is the least dry of anything on my body. I do use great products for my face (Origins) and have for years. It's the rest of my body that is like sandpaper! :-)

Thanks for sharing PWolf...Happy New Year.

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pwolf11
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   Posted 12/30/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Your welcome!

I just have always had dry skin so I'm glad my great vast well of useless knowledge has helped someone! lol


deepakk
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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! firstly I have dry skin which causes great problem in winter I have uses varity of creams for that dry skin. But now my skin have become oily which has created many pimples in my face so any one can tell me the solution for getting back dry skin.

Sunpuppy
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   Posted 1/3/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW! Thanks guys for a ton of excellent skin advise! I'm totally impressed and believe me I am going to try them all! The funniest thing is that my dry skin is worse on my hands, feet and face, not sure just why but it is and the only part of my body that is sensitive is my face and OMG it is horribly sensitive. I've tried about everything I thought including the Estee Lauder, Lancombe and Clinque but end up going back to the basic Cocoa Butter by Helen Curtis that cost pennies to use. It works the best but don't particularly enjoy smelling like a chocolate bar everywhere I go. I don't have a itching problem but my skin will get so dry on my feet and fingers that it cracks open and it takes a long time for the dry crack to peel off. I have found that what PWolf11 said was true for me as well that I had to gently exfoliate the skin on my face in order to get to the skin that I can moisturize. I have fish old capsules that I guess I should start taking (bought them by mistake or was it a sign...) I'm going to make a new years resolution to drink more water :) Thanks again to everyone for your advise - your awesome and I'm glad I found this forum! THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!
PS.  My dry skin is in small patches. It doesn't appear to be Exzema or psorisis.

Post Edited (Sunpuppy) : 1/3/2008 7:45:45 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 1/4/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband has had horrendously dry cracked hands every winter for years. The kids got him some hand treatment that comes in a silver tube (maybe from body works?). It's got an extract of hemp in it and IT WORKS! I'd do a search for hemp cream and see what you can find. Just my 2ยข.
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie!
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blondie
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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I also have very dry skin and break out in a red scaley rash down my legs, arms and over my fingers.  I use a soap free wash for dry and sensitive skin and when it is bad I get an old stocking and fill the bottom half with fine oatmeal and wash myself with that as well as using a cortisone cream which you can get from your dermatologist.  The oatmeal works really well and is also very cheap.  I also use sorbalene which is the cheapest moisterisers you can get.  Dont know if you can get that in the USA as I am from Australia.
 
Good Luck
 
Blondie

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   Posted 1/7/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Blondie! & welcome to the forum! We can use all the help we can get. LOL.
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   Posted 1/7/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Because I am allergic...I was told by a dermatologist to only use DOVE soap because it is 1/4 cleansing creme, take short cool showers. I use Queen Helene coco butter and oatmeal lotion. I use a&d creme on my feet.

so long for now

erin.K
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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I too am a fan of the "QUEEN" joan! I like the HUGE jug of tea tree lotion. Ya know...I'm guilty of the lengthy showers, but the cooler part I have been following.
ciao!
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yalinda
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   Posted 1/12/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
i know this sounds so simple but my derm told me min 8 glasses of water a day will cure and clear many skin issues as long as they are not bacterial or fungal, just like watering a plant.

as for pwolf we are neighbors!!!!! i too am a buffalonian, from the burbs. do you have RA?
well everyone take care and great advice on this post!

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   Posted 1/13/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
hi buffalonian yally and pwolf...i am also a big water drinker...may I suggest keri lotion in the shower or the tub (there is a cheapie generic version at rite-aid and other drug stores) I forget sometimes to use it.

peace on old granny joan (possibly infected now)

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   Posted 1/13/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful advice - I will start following as well as my dry skin has become a problem and I've started the dry face thing about 3-6 months ago as well.

Here's the puzzling question for you - for the last 4 weeks, my BACK has been miserably itchy. It doesn't look as bad as it feels. But it itches like crazy to the point the skin hurts. The few and far between times my husband is around to put lotion on it - it actually hurts when he touches it. So, the question is - how do I get lotion on my back daily when there is no one around to do it for me?
 
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rahad
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
well yalinde,
You have given such a really good and easy solution of dry skin problem. Drinking water I also heard somewhere
such a great suggestion. Thanks.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
A quick way to get lotion on your back when you have no one to help you_First but the pump style lotion then unscrew the top and remove the pump-there is a long straw attached- Use the straw to wipe the lotion onto your back (the outside of the straw) then put on an old t-shirt as this method will leave you with excess lotion that doesn't get rubbed in-but that actually helps you get really moisturized.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks. I might try that at night when I can put on something grungy and go to bed.

 

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