dry, lizard like skin

By watson4042 Latest Reply 2012-06-14 14:58:48 -0500
Started 2012-05-13 00:36:09 -0500

my skin is sooo dry, it just soaks up any and all lotions i've tried and within hours my skin is flaking off like a snake. now i'm trying another new one. it's called neoteric diabetic skin care. it's oxygenated advanced healing cream. so far it helps but again in hours i need to use more. what has the dc family tried for this condition, i really hate being a big flake.

Tags: diabetes

32 replies

dietcherry 2012-06-10 11:48:34 -0500 Report

Have you found the right product yet? I use many different naturals oils and such and rotate them depending on time of year and the particular needs of my skin, although their costs start to add up. I have really oily skin so have quite the opposite problem!
I wanted to recommend a product to you; its pricey but extremely effective for dry flaky skin that wont respond to other treatments. You can read about it and purchase at amazon:

Ive never bought it but have tried it via a friend who is a nurse and it is AMAZING. Good luck!!

Caroltoo 2012-06-09 20:19:46 -0500 Report

Another solution to prevent you becoming a "big flake" is to soak for 20-30 minutes in a comfortably warm bath that has 2 cups of epsom salts, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 (or more) cup of organic sesame oil, and a few drops of lavendar, lemon, or orange oil.

Softens the skin while your body absorbs the magnesium so you better utilize your calcium supply, all of which helps you relax. I find once I've dried, this solution helps me sluff off dry skin as well as softening what remains. Epsom salts is a bit pricy (about $2/bath), so I do this every week or two and use just the sesame oil and lavendar in between times.

watson4042 2012-06-10 18:55:25 -0500 Report

oh lord, i wish i could get down in a tub again; but the knees object. used to use avon's skin so soft but lately it doesn't help.

irishbear 2012-06-09 16:53:09 -0500 Report

I use Yardley oatmeal and almond bar soap when I shower, then after I dry off I rub baby oil rubbed in good. Also try to drink lots of water to keep hydrated. Hope this can help you too! Bear Hugs!!

pixsidust 2012-05-18 15:55:07 -0500 Report

If you are a big flake, it sounds like Psoriasis. Psoriasis is when you skin over manufactures skin platelets and they come off in flakes. Usually, skin cells grow deep in the skin and rise to the surface about once a month. In persons with psoriasis, this process is too fast. Dead skin cells build up on the skin's surface. Read up on it and hop over to visit another community at the top of the page. There is a psoriasis connect. I get a special cream from my doctor and only have it in small patches unlike the pictures that are shown but I have it the same…you may too

watson4042 2012-05-19 10:57:52 -0500 Report

i don't think it's psoriasis but a combo of dry skin and peeling sunburn. the diabetic cream seems to be doing the trick and if not i'll try coconut oil or the shea butter remedy as mentioned in the below comments. thanks :)

Kelsey82 2012-05-14 19:16:07 -0500 Report

I had the same problem but mine was a combo of my type 1 diabetes & underactive thyroid. I agree, drink LOTS of water! Best of luck! :-)

nanaellen 2012-05-14 14:25:43 -0500 Report

I'd have to say I agree with Alan, drink LOTS of water…it helps re-hydrate your skin. My Mom swears by witch hazel for most skin ailments! It helped my grandson's acne and moisturizes the skin too! :) Ellen

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-14 09:51:35 -0500 Report

How are your blood sugars? If my blood suagrs are runing higher than normal, my skin will do that too. Its usually because your body is soaking up all the water it can, and it causes dry skin.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-13 16:13:02 -0500 Report

Find natural Shea butter, not the watered down version they put on the market in stores. Shea butter is oily and comes from a nut. You only use a very small amount of it. Shea butter is great for minor burns, sun burn and blemishes. You can wash your feet, put some on and cover your feet with a pair of socks. Smooth it on after a bath or shower.

It can be purchased in African Stores in its true form. The store may also have it in soap and lotion. Some people whip it and add fragrance. I buy it from an African Store in the flea market. It may have lumps in it but it is still ok to use. If you live in a warm climate you can keep it in the fridge to keep it from melting. I use it everyday and it keeps my skin moist year round. In it's purest form it comes in pint and half pint containers like you see in a deli. Look at it on this site

pixsidust 2012-05-18 17:18:04 -0500 Report

I love shea butter! I have a person who makes up a buttery cream homemade for me. Its the best! I may try it pure like you do as well.

watson4042 2012-05-13 11:52:29 -0500 Report

hi gabby. the coconut oil you're talking about; is it in the beauty section of the store?

GabbyPA 2012-05-15 12:49:28 -0500 Report

Nope, I just use plain unadulterated cooking coconut oil. You find it in most of the health food sections of a grocery store. I get mine from Amazon.com because I can save $2 a jar.
I don't use any in the beauty aisle because there are other chemicals in there that I don't want so much.

Godmommy 2012-05-17 15:31:31 -0500 Report

That enlightening! My arms feel like an alligator. I thought it was from where I wore a cast on it for 6 months last year and it atrophied. I have been laying the cream or lotion to it but I will change to the coconut oil. I have been on here a couple of hours and learned a lot already. Be back tomorrow.

watson4042 2012-05-18 13:31:21 -0500 Report

glad the discussion has had merit for you as it's helped me alot. and my arms and legs are looking much better. DC is the place for answers and help. :)

Caroltoo 2012-05-13 14:31:33 -0500 Report

Grocery section: organic, coconut oil; same with the sesame oil Gabby and I talk about from time-to-time. Beauty section just raises the cost, not the quality.

GabbyPA 2012-05-13 11:24:22 -0500 Report

You may also want to look into using coconut oil. The kind you find in the grocery store. It is absorbed and makes skin soft, not greasy. It also has some antibacterial properties that can help. I have been using it on my feet at night before bed.

Then like Alan said, keeping with creams is better than lotions. I find balms are very good as well. If you keep applying it over time your body should stop drinking it in as much. But if you are not hydrated or if the air is very dry, it will be a battle.

Check out our product reviews to see what other people have been using. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/product-reviews?query=dry+skin

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-14 18:20:42 -0500 Report

The problem with coconut oil is that people allergic to nuts can't be around the person using it. For instance if a passenger on a plane is allergic to nuts, the person who has used coconut oil might not be allowed on the flight. My boss was just on a flight that could not serve nuts nor could anyone who brought them on could eat them because of an allergic passenger. I can't be around anyone who has nuts nor the smell of coconut cause my lips and nose to tingle and if I don't get away from them I get hives.

GabbyPA 2012-05-15 12:47:46 -0500 Report

Wow, I never thought of that. I don't know anyone with nut allergies and I didn't think of that. Thanks for bringing that to attention. Hives are not fun and antifalactic is worse. I just didn't know that a coconut was related to the typical nuts that cause allergies like peanuts and almonds.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-15 17:26:03 -0500 Report

Gabby, I am allergic to all nuts as well as fruits with pits and bananas. Shea butter is a nut but I got use to using it. Wasn't easy but it has no effect on me. Even when I get my hair done at a salon I have to make sure the hair care product does not have any nut oil as an ingredient as well as any fruit oils that I am allergic to. I have a friend who can't be in a room if coconut is anywhere around.

alanbossman 2012-05-13 08:05:23 -0500 Report

Most lotions dont work well stick to creams they work better. Also take warm showers not hot, and drink more water

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-15 17:29:06 -0500 Report

If the lotion list the first ingredient as water it is not good. I add a enough of one of the following to plain unscented lotion. Mineral oil, Avon Skin So Soft Bath oil, or body oil of a fragrance I like. I shake it up and use it with no problems as I don't need as much lotion once the oil is added.

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