Let's talk about Lotions

By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2014-02-05 10:02:04 -0600
Started 2013-12-30 08:43:10 -0600

Okay, I have a huge problem with dry skin, in particular my left elbow and my heels. My elbow peel and flake; my heels get scaly and crack. I have tried several different lotions and nothing works well enough to stop the cracking. So, anyone else that has battled this problem and has a great lotion or idea for me?

46 replies

Jan8 2014-02-05 07:23:41 -0600 Report

Avon's advanced night cream in the pink tube is so thick and smells like honey. It's like an ointment.

debimzadi 2014-02-05 03:58:31 -0600 Report

Have you tried petroleum jelly? I have found that putting this on my feet a couple times a day and wearing socks helps. I usually put a thicker amount at night when I go to bed. Aquaphor is also good but I think generic petroleum jelly works just as well.

buffy360 2014-02-05 01:45:11 -0600 Report

I also love Freeman's Raspberry Foot Lotion. Sometimes in the night I can smell it and go right back to sleep, wonderful.

GabbyPA 2014-01-21 14:27:21 -0600 Report

I have seen a new one advertised by Gold Bond and it's for diabetics. I have not used it, but it caught my attention. Of course, compare it to something that is not diabetic, because as we all know, the label is just a way to add to the cost of things in general.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-01-21 12:11:32 -0600 Report

In addition to Shea body butter castor oil is very helpful to not only moistureize but if used daily can ease foot pain. I have arthritis in my feet and have used it for both issues. My favorite for moisture is Shea butter all over. Anotheri issue is that we all need to drink more water especially as we age. Dry skin can result from dehydration also. One other treasure is coconut oil. Available in capsule form to take as a natural antibiotic and to ward off Alzheimer'! Yes no matter what reason you take it take at least 6 per day for results. In jar form you may take a spoon of it and hold in your mouth for gum problems and to get rid of tartar. Coconut oil is also wonderful on you skin as a moisturize. Expensive spin creams just don't do the job and then there's the chemicals to deal with!

debimzadi 2014-02-05 04:00:03 -0600 Report

Does the fat in the coconut oil cause dietary issues?

AttaGirl1969 2014-01-16 11:23:07 -0600 Report

I know what you mean. My left heel gets a think horrible scab like "thing" on it. The right one, not so much. Once a month or when it gets bad I, VERY CAREFULLY, use a "Pedi egg" on it. Every other night I lather both feet with Bag Balm, then put on cotton socks before bed.

MrsCDogg 2014-01-06 01:26:57 -0600 Report

I have terrible dry, cracking, peeling skin on my feet and ankles. The best thing I have found is Aquaphor. It's basically just Vaseline. When I use it, I rub it all over my feet and ankles and put socks on right before going to bed. It helps a lot. I only have to use it a couple times a week. It seems that all the lotions in the world wouldn't help much for my gross, nasty looking dry feet.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-01-02 21:38:24 -0600 Report

Vinegar had antibacterial qualities too. It's good to soak your feet in apple cider vinegar to kill off anything that may be lurking. It's safe, but doesn't smell good. Warm vinegar as water feels great and keeps my athletic feet from becoming irritated.

Listerine is awesome.

GabbyPA 2014-01-01 14:54:39 -0600 Report

Skip the lotions and go for balms. I got my cracked heels fixed up with foot balms such as Flextol. I also soaked in Listerine and Epsom salts and would scrape off the dead skin on my heels. I would soak, scrub, moisturize and put on socks.

Once the cracks were gone and healed up, I started using coconut oil exclusively on my feet. It is not only natural, long lasting and smells good, but it also has antibacterial qualities that help keep my feet healthy.

theladyiscrazy 2014-01-01 15:25:16 -0600 Report

Where do you get Flextol and things of that nature?

GabbyPA 2014-01-03 08:23:18 -0600 Report

Flexitol I got at my grocery store. I believe that Walgreens and Walmart also carry it. I like it best. You can also get a great cream from Bath & Body Works that is for heels. That works great also.

I buy my coconut oil from my grocery store or a health food store.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-31 18:32:56 -0600 Report

I didn't think this would work until I tried it.
1/4 cup Listerine any kind
1/4 cup vinegar. I used White Vinegar
1/2 cup warm water.

Soak feet for 10 mins.

Saw this on Facebook and it worked for me. Felt like I had new feet.

Jan8 2013-12-31 09:47:41 -0600 Report

I have used coconut oil and it works very well. Also Aquaphor baby ointment on the bottoms of my feet with socks . The best thing that has worked lately is Mary Kay's overnight repair ointment on my feet everyday. It smells wonderful.

buffy360 2014-02-05 01:33:50 -0600 Report

Used Mary Kay for so long. Extra Emollient Night Cream is actually their original moisturizer that returned to the line when creams were preferred in marketplace. It's not fragrance-free but I can use it on my feet. It melts onto warm, soaked feet to massage in before the socks go on. Remember it's sold as a cosmetic just like Aquaphor and Eucerin but if you haven't tried it call your rep and ask if you can buy Satin Hands/Feet or just the EENC which comes in a sample tube. Wish I could still afford my Mary Kay face.

Aquaphor was just recommended for Ma's pressure ulcers on her bum that won't heal completely (several years).. She's recently tried Butt Balm, Doc says no zinc from baby products. Neither of us like petroleum products except who'll care I guess on those folds. The pain she says is unbearable. Sorry I changed horses here in the middle of the stream.

Monistat Soothing Care Line came out with product that protects bikini lines, women use it as a face primer. I've used it in fierce-bitter cold to keep from chaping so I gave it to her to use. Have a feeling she has that drawerful of products. I use this often in the skin folds during summer, too. Night.

denipink57 2013-12-31 07:35:50 -0600 Report

i have Psoriasis so i know dry cracked even bleeding skin. use coconut oil. it works like a miracle. i guarantee if you use it your problems will go bye bye in a second!

Jude1952 2013-12-31 00:01:02 -0600 Report

thank you for the great question I do not have any cures but I put any and all lotions on my feet 2 sometimes 3 times a night If they are real dry I have put Vaseline lotion and wrap my feet in plastic wrap then put soaks on over that it leave it on for 30 mins. I get to hot to wear it longer I use so much lotion I find the expense brand have not worked any better. It's just something that I do each night and it a good time to check your skin and feet for any cuts, score, or rashes I do not know if it because I am over 60 or what? the first 15 years I did not have dry skin and feet driness.

aimeeh40 2013-12-30 20:44:46 -0600 Report

I use the gold bond for diabetics I love it

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-31 18:28:07 -0600 Report

I want to try that so bad aimeeh but I find their other products to be too strong and it makes my skin feel like its burning. I don't want to buy a big bottle only to find I can't use it. I have been looking for a sample size.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-01-21 12:16:21 -0600 Report

Something that burns isn't going to help. Try coconut oil or Shea body butter really help. This winter I'm using Bath & Body shower creme with Shea in it!

RachelChavez 2013-12-30 11:56:42 -0600 Report

I get very dry skin in the winter and sometimes I get cracks around my fingernails which are very painful. I find that Goldbond is the best for my hands. I use coconut oil everywhere else though. It's an awesome moisturizer and it helps to heal as well.

buffy360 2014-02-05 01:52:32 -0600 Report

Found a generic brand antibiotic (Neosporin) CREAM with pain reliever when I nearly lost a finger last Christmas. Still get referred pain across my palm and had too much from the tube, so I used extra on my hangnails and cuticles! I've also used it with UC flare ups and hemorrhoids! Helps;-)

lacat87 2013-12-30 16:21:50 -0600 Report

My pcp told me to moisturize hands & then wear gloves during the night. It works quite well!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-30 11:42:22 -0600 Report

I use shea butter right out of the nut. I also buy pure shea butter that has been whipped. I have friends who make it into lotions and body shampoo. I get pure shea butter from African stores because they have the purest form of it. From time to time I also buy Black Soap from these stores also. You only need very little shea butter because when it is pure it is oily. You can use it on your entire body.

I do not buy any of the Ponds, Vaseline lotions that claim they are made with shea butter. It has been processed so much it is useless. It works best on your feet if you put it on when your body is damp from the shower or bath and you can put it on your feet and put on socks.

I also have some pure aloe body cream. The stuff is about $30.00 a jar but it is very good and it last about a year because you don't need a lot of it. Works great in the summer because it is light and not as heavy as shea butter.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2013-12-30 10:06:45 -0600 Report

I just love Shea butter! I've found some nice deals on EBay. Your body absorbs itfor 24 hrs. Makes my ski feel nice.

correctionsnurse1 2013-12-30 09:47:42 -0600 Report

First question is do you have severe dryness on your knees, back of ears, and scalp? If so, you may want to consult your physician or a Dermatologist as this could be an underlying condition.

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-30 10:19:43 -0600 Report

On my knees and back of my ears, no. I do sometimes get eczema, but this is different. The cracks can go deep enough to be painful at times.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2014-01-02 21:41:36 -0600 Report

Don't use balms on eczema. It can actually trap germs and cause infection. My son has severe. Our derm recommends oils and soaking with hot as you can stand washcloth to draw up moisture.

theladyiscrazy 2014-01-02 21:48:27 -0600 Report

I actually have an ointment (prescription) for the eczema when it starts acting up. I have a patch on my right ankle at the moment. errrrr

debimzadi 2013-12-30 09:34:05 -0600 Report

Do you soak your feet at all? And run with pumice stone. That made a HUGE difference for my feet. I just keep one by the bath tub now and use on my feet after I've soaked a few minutes.

Hemp or Shea products (oils, lotions, butters) works very well. I'm extremely dry and use body butter constantly. After baths & at bed time.

Have you tried putting Vaseline on your feet at night and wearing socks to bed.

buffy360 2014-02-05 01:57:22 -0600 Report

It's getting hard to reach my feet. I never thought it'd happen to me! Be careful with your pumice and pedeggs if you have Neuropathy or list feeling, you can take off too much and cause yourself more pain,

denipink57 2013-12-31 08:28:28 -0600 Report

the diabetic clinic told me not to soak my feet

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-01 21:24:43 -0600 Report

They told me the same thing and then said if you have numbness in your feet not to soak them because you won't be able to tell how hot the water was. My podiatrist said it was okay as long as the water was lukewarm. I soak my feet all the time.

I met a nurse who owns a Nail Salon that specializes in manicures and pedicures for diabetics. Unfortunately, her shop is on the other side of the state. She told me the same thing my podiatrist told me, use lukewarm water and no metal objects to remove dead skin. Do not rub so hard you cause abraisions.

Anonymous 2014-01-01 13:14:38 -0600 Report

What is it with diabetics and Epsom salt? Not supposed to use it either.

denipink57 2014-01-01 14:28:16 -0600 Report

you know that was a long time ago now and i don't remember why they told us that but it sure stuck with me. i don't soak my feet and i sure could use a soak right about now! lol

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-01 13:23:31 -0600 Report

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate which is used as a laxitive. Diabetics should not use this as a remedy for internal problems. You can still use it for soaking feet for aches and pains.

theladyiscrazy 2013-12-30 10:18:52 -0600 Report

I haven't tried the vaseline and socks as I am VERY hot natured, and socks on my feet make me even hotter. I don't think they will stay on.

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