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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 574
   Posted 6/27/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else suffer with this my skin seems really dry my face and hands more so it seems to be just soaking up the moisturiser the skin on my chin and round my nails is getting flakey what do other people use am in uk so brands might be differant am using soap and glory at the moment could it be to do with the meds or just me
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/L
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day
  Mesalazine 400mg 2x day

Lisa E.
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 6/27/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lambkins,

My skin is like sand paper. The only thing I can think of is the dehydration from my flare and the complete lack of fat in my diet. I never had to use lotion in my life before getting this darn thing!! LOL

Lisa E.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 2103
   Posted 6/27/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know if they sell this in the UK but cetaphil is the best for dry skin. Its non hypoallergenic and has no fragrances so you can use it on your face
Diagnosed March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006 (incident with mono)
3200mg Asacol, 25mg Amitriptlyine, Ortho Tri-cyclen lo, Imodium when I need it
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 436
   Posted 6/27/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
We have to drink way more water than a normal person and if you think about a normal person drinking 8 glasses we need more than that. I know When I flare really bad my lips even get chapped.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 213
   Posted 6/27/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
My skin is horrible. It just peels off. I agree that we need a lot of water. I can tell when I'm not drinking enough. I tried pure lanolin and it works, but it leaves your skin greasy. You have to do everything you can though b/c it allows germs to get into your system faster (at least that is what my gastro told me.)
34 year old female, Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis 5 years ago
Current Meds: Remicade every 6 weeks, Prednisone 10mg (tapering), Prevacid, Sustenex, Lialda, Lexapro (anxiety), Synthroid, Iron, vitamins, Fish Oil
Expecting first child 12/08 via gestational surrogate!!!!

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 6/27/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
for me water and vitamins helped solve the problem.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 73
   Posted 6/27/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have dry skin in this flare pretty much everywhere except my face. For awhile it was so bad it was flaking/peeling in some places. Have tried some lotions, not sure which is best. I thought it might be due to the high prednisone (had 100mg per day solumedrol intravenously in hospital, then 80mg daily pills at home, then slow taper down). My doctor blames everything I mention on prednisone. I have wondered if it could be a part of hypothyroidism which I suspect I could now have (I have many of the symptoms) but my doctor doesn't even want to look at thyroid stuff until I'm totally off the prednisone. Reading this thread makes me think maybe I'm not drinking enough water? I think I drink quite a bit, but I know I drank more when I was stuck at home recovering than I do now that I am back at work. I'll start reminding myself to drink more at the office.
- diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- currently 25mg prednisone (tapering down from 80mg), 75 mg 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol (just started), asacol/mesalamine 4800mg (4 pills x 3 times day), 1 Canasa 1000mg nightly, VSL#3, multivitamin, calcium, fish oil, sometimes digestive enzymes

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 6/27/2008 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have really dry skin too, I believe it might be the prednisone. I have steroid acne and dry skin on top of it, its so frustrating! I work in makeup and skincare (Sephora) so I've tried everything. Caudalie has a good moisture mask/lotion for really dry and sensitive skin (for face) as well as Kinerase. Bliss, Loccitane, and Frederick Fekkai make really really hydrating body butters. I dont know if those brands are available to you. Prednisone can increase your sensitivity to the sun, Im not sure if that applies to skin or not, but wearing SPF can help skin from peeling. Good luck. :)
20. Female. California.
Diagnosed left sided Ulcerative Colitis at 15, first symptoms at age 11.

Flaring! :(
40mg prednisone daily.
(reduced to 30mg, got worse. now taking 40mg going on 4 weeks )
Prevacid, Multi Vitamin, Digestive Advantage Chrons and Colitis, Iron Supplement

Allergic to- 6mp (gave me pancreatitis), Asacol

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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 6/28/2008 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I had skin issues but not since using extra virgine olive oil as a moisturizer all over my body, it's an antifunga, antibacterial and antiviral and it helps heal cuts/sores even bruises quickly and it soaks in fairly fast, my nails are in great shape because of it and once a week before bed I rub in through my hair and scalp which leaves me with very shiny and healthy hair...I wash it out the next day and my hair remains shiny (not greasy) and very healthy.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 574
   Posted 6/29/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all thanks for all your replys have been very helpfull and i know now im not the only one to feel like a lizard lol yeah
  Diagnosed 22.5.08 with Lft sided U/L
  Meds Predfoam 20mg 2x day
  Mesalazine 400mg 2x day

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