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I have a lot of sensitivities and about 40 years ago began formulating my own face wash from some pretty simple ingredients.
I recently visited a dermatologist to have testing done for metals and glues that might cause me a problem when I have knee replacement surgery. When that was completed the doctor asked if I had any other questions. I have had acne since I was 9 years old. It always improved when I had the pregnancy glow, five times. Now however, I'm 70 and still having some issues with my skin. He told me that I should use Head and Shoulders on my face and to leave the suds on for 5 minutes. Any type of Head and Shoulders has helped since I started following his recommendation. It has lessened the redness and the size of my zits as we called them in high school. The dry patchy areas on my cheeks are better too.To think I used to have excessive oil and now I have dryness. The wonders of aging!
Been protecting my face from sun all summer--sun can do a lot of damage
Dd has severe contact dermatitis and eczema. Full body. Sensitive skin is a big deal.
My mom had rosacea and was in a flare when I moved her in with me. I found a cream that worked wonders, but it is a local product. It is a lavender body butter with hydrosol in it. It is completely natural and contains no chemicals. I love it for myself too! It actually helps to prevent blistering if I burn myself. The lavender oil is a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal. I buy bottles of hydrosol to use on my pets to help with fleas and itchy skin. It is also really nice in the summer. Not only does it help me feel cooler, but it keeps the mosquitos away from me!
This was a very informative article. Unfortunately, several people in my family have several different types of skin problems and allergies. :(
My older sister has rosacea and Vitiligo. By her own description, she looks like a drunk raccoon when she isn't wearing make-up. She has a circle of no pigmentation around her eyes but her lower cheeks and nose are red from the rosacea. She also has no pigment on most of her hand and the tops of her feet. She is also severely allergic to latex.
My twin brother also has vitiligo and several other skin allergies. He won't follow through with the treatments so the other conditions won't go away.
My daughter has contact dermatitis and is allergic to most types of antibiotics.
I also have rosacea, contact dermatitis and a latex allergy. I'm so sensitive to latex that I can smell it if it's the same room as me and start to get choked up. I'm also wondering what types of "affordable" treatments people have done for rosacea? I've tried all the over the counter stuff and one prescribed med and nothing has really made any difference. I don't drink or eat spicy foods.
I'd like to see more article concerning women of color (Latina, African American, etc) since these types tend to react differently from mainstream written skin.
Avoiding intense exercise (e.g.: running et al) may be "helpful" for minimizing rosacea flare-ups, but telling a person not to engage in otherwise very healthful bodily fitness activities to avoid a red face seems like a very cruel no-win situation. There MUST be other solutions, somewhere.
Poor diet can also aggravate aczema. I had really persistent patches of eczema on my forearms and hands. When I started eating a healthy, balanced diet they cleared - something they failed to do even with the strongest steroid creams. I can tell when my diet is starting to take a turn for the worse - I can fool myself about it but my skin will tell me otherwise. I correct my eating and it clears within a week.
I have had eczema my whole life and in late 30s developed spots on my face of Rosacea, hard to keep the two separate as one cream only works for one condition. I hate prednisone, call it the nasty pill and back on it now after having first flareup since being clear back in Dec of 08.
after years of vague symptoms, it became quite "clear" that I was a rosacean. Rx for MetroGel and IPL laser tx seem to be helping. Oh and quitting the drink was most important.
I worked in the disposible glove industry for years. Latex gloves are horrible for creating many symptoms. Like when you go to the Dentist: do you ever get tiny blisters in your mouth after a cleaning, well, that could be from the latex in the gloves, so ask them to use Nitrile. And if you think Nitril egloves are fine, think again, there are accelerants in all gloves, be it Vinyl, Nitrile, Butadene, you just have to make sure you know the symptoms to be able to extract what the true cause is. People as well don't realize that mattresses, blankets, pillows, underwear (its in the elastic around the waist and leg section), bras, clothing, socks, everything can have latex in it so if you tend to break out in rashes, you might want to take a look in your closet. It may not be the detergent, but the latex itself. I used to have to deal with many peeling hands during my time selling gloves and there are not alot of alternatives. I feel bad for anyone in the health industry. Great topic in the forum and thank you.
Good article thankyou! I have sensitive skin too, and stay away with products with perfumes for sure...!!
thanks for the info!
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