Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Black Dermographism
- Blotchy, Red Face
- Borax and Baking Soda
- Bullous Pemphigoid
- Burning Skin Remedies
- Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Water Showers, Oatmeal Baths
- Crawling Skin Remedies
- Dry Skin
- Elderly Skin Care
- General Feedback
- Ichthyosis Vulgaris
- Metal Shavings Injuries Remedies
- Pachyonychia Congenita
- Photosensitivity Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Rosemary Lotion
- Slits in Skin Remedies
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Steroid Cream
- Sticky Skin
- Thin and Sensitive Skin
- Tips for All Skin Problems
02/24/2012: Dan19 from North, England: "Hello, I have some fairly bad discoloration of the skin in the groin area, trying not to be too specific or come across rude.
Can anyone please advise me on remedies / topical treatment that would bring my skin back to its original colour (caucasian). I would be very grateful as it does have an impact on me, as I find it makes the area look unclean and quite ugly which is a knock to my self confidence.
03/06/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "It's probably a fungal infection known as "jock itch" (some people have discoloration but not much itching); it's the same fungus as athletes foot/ring worm. It usually spreads from the feet (or dirty floors/tubs/showers) to the groin when pulling pants/underwear and dragging it up to the groin area where it grows in the warm moisture of the crotch. Or you catch it during intimate/sexual contact from someone who has it; or you touch/scratch your feet then scratch elsewhere and it spreads. It is VERY common, and infects most Gym locker rooms, public showers, and many athletes (and their floors/showers at home); thus you should always wear "shower shoes" in other peoples showers, and always put your socks on before your underwear/pants always sit on your towel etc. Use bleach to clean your own shower/tub/toilet seat and in your laundry to keep from re-infecting yourself! White & cotton socks and underwear help keep it under control (that's why athletes wear whites! )
Besides the embarassment, it is highly contagious and can easily and quickly spread to other area of the body (yours and your partners) so you must treat it ASAP using fungal sprays, spray powders, ointments for Athletes Foot/Jock Itch available at all drug stores; or getting a stronger RX from your doctor, esp if it covers a large area or you have had it awhile. (BEWARE: it is much more problematic for women, so you do not want to give it to a girl! ) It takes daily treatments for awhile to get rid of; the sprays are very convenient and widely available (Walmart carrys "TING" speay/spray powder which is half the price of the name brands and works better! )! Be sure to treat your feet as well as your groin area or you may reinfect yourself. Many people like the spray/powder during the day, and the ointment at night while sleeping. Good Luck!
Here's the link to the Jock itch page: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/jock_itch.html
You may want to Google it and look at photos & descriptions for comparison. Best of Luck"
07/04/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "He's in England so he might not have walmart there. Try the pharmacy area at ASDA or Boots for athletes foot/jock itch (tinea) treatments. Look up tinea cruris online either here or Google. Here's an eHow link http://www.ehow.com/way_5200309_cures-tinea-cruris.html . Try not to be embarrassed, it happens, and is more common than you think."
01/15/2012: Kalki from Mumbai, India: "I had a severe flare up of facial dermatitis - unbearable itching, rash, swelling - a few weeks back. I feel it may have been caused by the ACV I was taking at a high dose (2tbsp 3 times daily at that time, for an oncoming cold and chest congestion). May have been a healing crisis, as ACV, 2 tsps over the whole day in water, had helped me earlier. I stopped ACV then and haven't had the guts to start again.
My problem now is that even after 2 months, my face and neck skin is quite dry, and sometimes flaky and very many shades darker. There's a line all around my neck at the base, above which up to my hairline, the skin is dark brown and below it is my light earlier skin colour. (This doesn't correspond to the neckline of my blouses, so it's not a case of tanning) Where I had patches of dermatitis previously, it is even more discoloured and rough textured.
During the flare up, I had desperately applied ACV , directly to my face and neck for a few days, without any easing of symptoms. I tried Virgin coconut oil later but it increased the itching, if I perspired even the slightest bit. Aloe vera juice directly from the leaf was what helped me with the itching skin. In 15 minutes or so. (But it dries out my skin even further, which causes great discomfort and consequent itching too). Could any of these be responsible for the difference in skin tone? Is there anything I can do to reverse this?
I apply moistened powdered oats, honey and kasthuri turmeric as face mask occasionally (I can apply only natural things to my skin). It makes my skin softer but doesn't help clear the awkward discolouration.
Would appreciate any suggestions for moisturising skin with my problems and for restoring original skin tone.
02/07/2012: Ananta from Kerala, India replies: "I have almost the same problem as Kalki. An allergic flare up on the skin with all the associated problems, itching, dryness, swelling etc. For me this came from taking ayurvedic medicine. They said it was a healing crisis and to hang on but the crisis just continued and I stopped the medicine after two months of intense physical difficulty, not to mention emotional ones. I now have patches of discolouration on my face and several parts of my body that lightens and darkens but doesn't go away. They itch too. I'm worse off than when I started. It's been 4 months now and I'm getting desperate. I noticed Kalki hasn't got a reply so far. Is there anybody out there who can help with this embarassing discolouration?"
07/14/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi, Sarasam; Yesterday, I was looking at some photographs of people with hyperpigmentation from a B12 deficiency. The discolorations were in areas all about their bodies, even the soles of their feet, palms of their hands, and their tongues. Those are the few places that I have not had hyperpigmentation. For many years, I have believed it to be caused by other conditions that I have, but I now am finally beginning to see evidence that B12 supplementation is improving this condition. ( I have alot of nerve damage that B12 is repairing).
Hyperpigmentation is also called melasma, and the terms are distinguished by the diagnosis of the supposed cause. I have searched up remedies for conditions that include skin discolorations, and many include B12 in the protocol. Hypopigmentation, often diagnosed as autoimmune vitiligo, is also treated with B12, Folate, vitamin C, and moderate sun exposure. I recommend a sublingual lozenge of methycobalamin, (active B12), slowly and completely disolved in the mouth. It can be moved around up under the lip so as not to cause irritation. I also recommend a low dose B-complex for skin conditions. It can be divided and taken as smaller amounts 2x or 3x daily if there is irritation. ( I take a food based complex which has low amounts, and I even cut those tablets in half and take them 4-6 times daily. ) The cases of hyperpigmentation that I read about were quickly resolved, 2mnths. I'm in my 5th mnth. and only beginning to see results. That's OK. I take 2500 mcgs. - 500mcgs. daily, but other people may need less if they do not have neurological symptoms. 500 -1000 mcgs. may be fine."Replies
03/21/2012: Diane from Iowa, Iowa, Usa replies: "The description of your symptoms, especially the dermatitis and the ring around the neck, is almost a textbook cascade of symptoms for PELLAGRA, a niacin, vitamin B3 deficiency. Try buying niacin and taking it in conjunction with a good co-enzymated B-complex. Google pellagra, there will be sites with pictures and better descriptions of the condition. Best wishes."
07/13/2011: Sarasam from Kent, United States: "I would like to know is there anything that someone has done to have even skin tone? Area that are black: under arm, butt, knee, feet, behind knee, bikini area, ear, mouth, under eye, nose, neck, and elbow. And then everywhere else discoloration color is light brown to brown. When I was little you could say that I had fair dark brown skin tone but this all change when I hit the age of 10. Breast became to grow, pubic hair came with acne. And no I am not fat. I have a good figure that most women want. Long leg, full lip, nice eye, and nice hourglass shape. I am not saying this to make myself feel good this is what many men and women have told me. It too hard to look in the mirrow anymore. I have try all the product that people has told me to use and none of them has work but made skin worse, you see I have sensitive skin. I am hoping to someone here may have to answer to my question. I have done: lemon juice, baking soda, exfoliate, bleach, peel and honey which has not help. And yes I know there a post on here titled "Hyperpigmentation Remedies" by Ana from Singapore and the main ingredients turmeric make skin yellow. Like I said I have dark brown skin. Will come back with picture if I can. So if there any body out there please help!"Replies
07/14/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi, I have a different problem, white spots on my skin. So far I haven't found anything to even the skin tone. Lemon juice is supposed to help but it hasn't worked for me! Good luck..."
07/15/2011: Skyeclown from Davidsonville, Md, Usa replies: "Have you considered it may be Tinea Versicolor? I've had it before and treated it with Selsun Blue."
[YEA] 09/06/2012: Anon from Anon: "I used to have dry flaky skin on the backs of my hands, it would crack and bleed, especially in the winter and if I washed my hands a lot. Lotion only fixed it temporarily. Rubbing tea tree oil mixed with olive oil into my hands made it go away, now they are smooth and soft, even the knuckles. I didn't measure, just mixed a little of each. I like to put it on my feet when I wear sandals so they stay fresh. Some people really dislike the smell of tea tree oil."
[YEA] 07/06/2012: Evelyn from Thousand Oaks, California: "I had really bad dyshidrosis and apple cider vinegar and water (50:50) applied on my palm and between my fingers (where I had the vesicles and blisters) for 30 minutes a day helped to clear it up as it was most likely fungus related from what I have researched."
[YEA] 08/31/2011: Blue from Baldwin, New York: "Dyshidrosis
Cut both hand and toe nails as short as possible cleaning under and around them daily with baking soda.
Apply a paste of baking soda and water to the affected areas, twice a day for three days. Keep paste for 5 minutes, rinse and carefully pat dry paying special attention to dry the area in between the fingers or other possible places moisture may remain. If rash spreads to a new area recommence applying to both old and new areas leaving a large border around effected areas. Continue to clean hands daily with baking soda for a week paying special attention to the areas around and under the nails. Avoid itching as this will cause rash to spread.
Loose disposable gloves can be used to cover the baking soda paste on the hands to help increase absorbtion for faster healing."
Elderly Skin Care
07/24/2013: Susan from San Antonio, Tx: "My 92 year old dad hands have red blotches & turning very dark in color, almost black. Also his skin tears easily esp. On top of his hands. Any suggested remedies? Thanks, Susan"Replies
07/24/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Susan, try coconut oil. The stuff that smells like coconut!"
07/24/2013: Anonymous replies: "For elderly thin skin that tends to tear I use colostrum serum. It's very expensive from Amazon.com but a little goes a long ways and it seems to be effective. I've also used coconut oil and manuka honey at different times in conjunction with the colostrum serum depending on how severe the tear might be.
For the red blotches I have used coconut oil, manuka honey and iodex. I'm wondering if msm cream would help and/or vitamin c serum.
Let us know what works for you and wishing your precious elderly parent all the best."
07/25/2013: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Susan from San Antonio - I agree with the others regarding virgin coconut oil.
I'm reading a book called The Coconut Oil Diet and one of the authors recommended a Coconut Body Balm for an elder's fragile, sensitive skin. She adds a bit of shea butter to give the balm some staying power which provides a more protective moisture barrier. She also uses two essential oils which have therapeutic properties. If you don't have the essential oils, I would still make it.
Coconut Body Balm (from The Coconut Oil Diet)
1 ounce of shea butter
4 ounces of virgin coconut oil
2 ounces of distilled water
6 mL (approx. 1 teaspoon) lavendin essential oil (similar to lavender essential oil)
37 drops patchouli essential oil
Very gently melt the shea butter in a double boiler or on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
When completely melted, remove from heat.
Add coconut oil and distilled water to melted shea butter. Stir until completely incorporated.
As mixture begins to cool and thicken, stir in the essential oils.
Store finished balm covered in an airtight, dark-coloured glass container at room temperature.
A small amount covers a generous area. It is soothing and calming to the skin (including skin ulcers).
If you don't want to make the body balm, the author also recommends a coconut oil/Vitamin D3 mixture used mostly for psoriasis but could be used anywhere. I use it on my face at night just because it's lovely for the skin (a bit greasy, though).
Gently heat 100 mL (or 100 grams) of coconut oil until it melts. My coconut oil was already melted since it's summer.
Mix in 50000 IU of Vitamin D3. (I use liquid Vitamin D3 that has 1000 IU per drop so I added 50 drops. ) Pour into dark-coloured glass jar and keep tightly capped. Apply topically as needed.
That covers externally. Now for internally. Does your father have a good diet? I know it's sometimes difficult to get elders to eat (my Dad is 91). Maybe adding some good vitamins (perhaps liquid vitamins because older people sometimes don't digest capsules or tablets properly). Healthy smoothies are easily digested and you can add various "superfoods" to them. Vitamin C is good for the skin (helps with bruising and maintaining the skin's integrity).
Good luck Susan - I wish you and your Dad the best of health. Cheers, Bess"
11/19/2013: Prioris from Fl: "Can anyone recommend books or websites on identifying minor skin things. I have had a few minor things on my skin I haven't been able to identify for long time. They haven't given me any problems. I rather not go to a doctor. Any books or websites that help identify what those minor skin imperfections are?"Replies
03/04/2014: Man from Sojouring America replies: "Responding to Prioris from Fl:on your request for sites on skin issues. I saw no one responded to your request as I was surfing at the Earth Clinic house. So here is a site that has some good pictures for you: One of these sites ought to have a picture of what you need to identify for yourself.
And this next site looks like a real winner for identifying skin disorders: http://www.healthline.com/health/skin-disorders"
12/22/2012: Missstarlady from Houston, Texas, Us: "I just wanted to relay some information that happened to me and my 14 year old Cocker mix. He was diagosed in 2011 with Cuhing, started on Trilostane, in addition I took him off commercial dog food and home cooked for him and he seemed to be doing vey well. About 7-8 months later he devloped an area on his right from lower left in the part that is indented which was raw, cherry red, moist and all the hair disappeared from that area. He began licking it constantly and he was given a topical antibiotic ointment which did not work and it took close to 5 months for it to heal. During this time he began getting raw red spots on which the hair would disappear on his back underneath his hair. I took him regularly to his vet for treatment, which consistd of various antibiotics for every type of bacterial and fungal infection, nothing worked.
On one day I took him back to notify the vet that the latest antibiotic treatment did not work and it was getting worse and worse with every type of red rash, patches, plaques and open lesions now extending to his abdomen and groin area. The vet that was there that day, (a different vet than who he had been seeing) immediately recognized that what he had was not an allergy or any type of infection but what she believed to be lymphosarcoma. She found enlarged popliteal lymph nodes and did an aspirate from a node and it indeed came back from the lab as positive for lymphoma. They told me I would have to see an oncologist. It turned out he had a very rare form of lymphoma called epitheliotropic cutaneous lymphoma. He is now receiving chemotherapy but there is no cure only hopes of achieving remissions which do not last long.
If your dog has any type of skin disorder which does not respond to treatment within a reasonable amount of time and/or continues to worsen get a biopsy, aspirate, skin scraping or some type of testing done and do not waste precious time trying alot of different forms of treatment. You are not only losing what could be very precious time, but also alot of money."
11/04/2011: Katia from South Bend, In: "I am looking for a remedy for ichthyosis vulgaris, please post one."Replies
01/08/2013: Raffi from Boston, Ma Usa replies: "A Japan company has milky lotion that contains urea that is very good to this genetic skin condition. The urea attracts moisture on the skin to keep skin moist, and old skin peels off and no bad looking skin any more. It is not a cure but as long as you apply the lotion, your skin looks normal. If you know of people visiting Japan one can buy some for you in regular drug stores. They may not carry too many, so may take visit more drug store for the good supply.
I also find taking 1/4 cup per day of pure Aloe Vera juice (gallon size) that I can buy from Walgreen, CVS drug stores can help the dry skin auto float off from regular skin. What need is rubbing in shower to have the dead skin come off easy, instead it sticks to your body."
04/09/2012: Walter from San Diego, Ca., USA: "I stumbled on your web-site while seaching for information about itchy skin and possible iodine therapy. Thank all of your readers for sharing their use of iodine.
Several persons remarked that they did not observe any changes to some of their iodine uses. One major reason for this is that iodine, like all supplemental nutrients, does not work by itself. They all need helps or co-factors. Another unappreciated reason is bio-chemical differences among all of us. We need specific monitoring for a best fit.
I did a comprehensive research about iodine and posted my findings as an article on the web-site:
This health menu has other doccumented researched and nutritional information, including co-factors, magnesium, zeolite, body acid-alkalinity, etc..
My research, as shared by renoun researchers, found that good research about the affect of iodide on skin health is lacking. Testimonials may not be scientific but these are the best we have at this time. So one has to be careful in drawing conclusions. I have had itchy skin for a long time and have been looking the the real cause of itchy skin instead of listening to dermatologists that dry skin causes itchiness! I have re-started using Lugol's solution 2%. Lugol's is made up of two forms of iodine --- iodide and iodine. It is iodide that is stored in the skin and other issues; while iodine is used by the thyroid gland. More inbfo on all of this on the sited web-site.
Thank you, for all the info,
Walter Sorochan, Emeritus Professor San Diego State University"
[YEA] 09/07/2012: Expat-in-togo from Lome, Maritime Province, Togo: "Hello! I posted this remedy on a different site specifically about intertrigo, but I find your site very useful so I wanted to share this info here as well. I successfully solved my 7 years problem with intertrigo using kefir. My serious problem zones were always my armpits and "legpits" as I call them: inner upper thighs, *impossible* to keep dry -- as an expat living in tropical West Africa I sweat a lot on a daily basis. I tried several things before this, and I would like to report back on what helped. Topical coconut oil with turmeric powder was temporarily effective but stained clothing like crazy. Gentian violet was also temporarily effective, and also stained clothing like crazy.
I then found out about probiotics about 3 months ago, got some kefir grains 2 months ago, and a month ago it occurred to me, why not try them topically? So I did! The kefir did the job inside of a week, more like three days. My armpits look normal again. My "legpits" are no longer red-rash-looking, no itching, nothing. All I did was take a tablespoon or less (per application site) of the kefir grains mixed with the yogurt-like kefiran, smeared it on and left it on overnight, washed it off in the morning. I think what it does is crowd out the bad bacteria/yeasts with a diverse population of body-friendly bacterias and yeasts. I like drinking kefir, but this use is awesome and saved me from trying antibiotics again. So I wanted to share my success, and I hope this helps someone else solve their problem too. I should specify I used milk kefir grains, but I am guessing water kefir grains might work also."Replies
09/27/2012: Rae from Chicago, Il, United States replies: "My teenage son has itchy armpits and the skin around his armpits is now dark and thick. I live in the U.S. So can my son just apply some liquid dairy kefir onto his armpits over night to try your solution? I do not know what you mean by kefir "grains". Thanks for your assistance!"
09/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Rae, You could definitely try the kefir topically and see if it helps. I just thought I'd clarify for you about kefir grains. Kefir grains or granules are the natural mother starter to make kefir. You can add them to milk for milk kefir or coconut water, seed or nut milk or ginger water to make water kefir. The grains themselves are living organisms that reproduce more grains. I find it all very fascinating. This is an excerpt from Dom's Kefir site explaining kefir grains and kefiran:
"A batch of kefir grains consist of many individual white to bone-coloured mostly self-enclosed bodies made up of a soft, gelatinous biological masssomewhat resembling cooked cauliflower rosettes. The complexity of the kefir grain is a mixture of protein, amino acids, lipids [fats] and soluble-polysaccharides. Kefiran a unique polysaccharide with many health-promoting virtues, is the major polysaccharide of kefir grains and is also found in kefir. The bacteria and yeasts not only create the bio-matrix structure, or the grains, the organisms are also harboured by the very structure that they create; abiding on the surface, and encapsulated within the grain itself."
Metal Shavings Injuries Remedies
12/23/2013: Emacsp from Thmasville Ga: "I recently started a new job in a manufacturing plant that makes brass plumbing and heating parts. Many of the parts that I handle have fine metal shavings on them which tend to stick in your fingers and thumbs. Some of them end up getting buried just below the surface of the skin.
The shavings are very small and very hard to see. Once buried into the skin they cause soreness and pain when any area of the fingers, hands, and thumbs that have them come in contact with just about anything. At this point my fingers and thumbs are so sore that it's hard to use them.
Does anyone have any suggestions on anything that can be used to draw the shavings back up above the surface of the skin where they can be removed? Any and all ideas appreciated."Replies
12/23/2013: Cheri from Lincoln Park Nichigan replies: "Have you tried magnets?"
12/24/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Emacsp: Some good steam room sweat treatment may work. For local only, try soaking your hands in warm water w/ added baking soda for a few minutes then dry hands and place a strong music speaker magnet over the affected area to draw out the metals."
12/24/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Emacsp, you can try these 2 ideas:
1. soaking for 10 minutes in vinegar.
2. apply a "drawing salve" with icthammol in it.
And: pls wear protective gloves at work!!!"
12/24/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "Hi, the remedy for splinters in general is homeopathic and can be ordered from a health food store. The name is rather difficult but you can write it down: MYRISTICA SEBIFERA. I would ask for 30C strength.
This is a useful item for everybody's use. Regards, Om"
12/24/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Emacsp!
I ditto the suggestion of homeopathic Myristica Sebifera - useful for expelling foreign bodies.
Another thought: Elmer's glue applied as a masque to your hands, let dry and peel off. It may be helpful to let the mask remain overnight on the affected areas and then peel off in the morning."
12/24/2013: David from Los Angeles California replies: "I wonder if PRID a drawing salve for splinters would work for metal? There are other brands of drawing salve. Ask the pharmacy for others that work for splinters. You rub the salve on the skin and this draws the splinter out. I've never tried it on metal but it works well with wood."
12/28/2013: Emacsp from Thomasville Nc replies: "I appreciate everyone's suggestions. So far I have tried soaking my hands in vinegar. It gave some relief from the pain, but didn't draw out any of the metal.
I purchased and applied PRID drawing salve. It did seem to draw out some of the shavings on the first day I applied it (Christmas day), but I have not been able to leave it on my fingers for any extended time since then due to my work schedule. I am going to try it this weekend when I should be able to leave it on for 10 or more hours.
I have not tried the baking soda or magnets yet."
12/29/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Thanx for the follow up as it helps to reduce speculation from actual healing."
09/21/2012: Janie D from Mattoon, Illinois, Usa: "I was wondering if there might be any of you readers here that have ever heard of a very rare disease called Pachyonychia Congenita, pronounced - "Pack-e-o-knee-kia". It is a rare disease that affects the skin and the nails. I am now awaiting a DNA test to confirm what I have pretty much known I had all my life. I just didn't know it had a name until my youngest daughter found it on the internet a few years back. I had also passed PC on to her! If you know of someone who has this, I would love to hear about it. There are only about 1,000 cases in the entire world with this rare skin disease. It is important that we try to get as many people registered with the PC Project so that a cure may be found. Please go to pachyonychiacongenita.org or you can google PC Project to find out what it is. I have followed so many ideas and solutions on this website from you guys, and they have really helped in making living with this disease so much more tolerable.
Thank you Earth Clinic for all your wonderful ideas and to all the wonderful people who offer their suggestions. This site is truly a Godsend."