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
- Pachyonychia Congenita
- Remedies Needed
- Rosemary Lotion
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Steroid Cream
- Sticky Skin
- Tips for All Skin Problems
02/15/2013: Float-on from Lahaina, Hawaii, Usa: "Hello, I'm an 18 year old female, and since I was about 12 or 13, from time to time, I've been having these little hard things coming out of my skin. They tend to start out looking like a zit on my skin, but bigger and harder, and not easily popped. The first one I got in the 7th grade, and it took days before it finally came out. Before it came to a head, though, I noticed a hard substance beneath the skin on my right arm a few months before. When it did come to a head, the skin around it was red and swollen, and when we I tried to squeeze it, little bits of what we assumed was pus came out around the hard thing. After a day or two of trying to squeeze it out, my mom finally took a pair of tweezers and was able to pull it out by force. It was a grayish color, smaller than a pebble and bigger than a grain of sand, and hard, like a rock. Since then, I've had about 4 more come out of my skin, including the one I discovered on my back two nights ago, which came out last night. This newest one came out of nowhere. It wasn't like the very first one, which started out beneath my skin and then came to head. One day there wasn't anything, then late Wednesday night, I felt this sore, swollen bump on my back. I've had outbreaks of MRSA for the past 2 or 3 years, and at first I thought it was another outbreak of that, except I haven't had one in over 7 months, so I was a little surprised. Then last night, I was trying to look at it in the mirror when I noticed it had the same dark, hard head as these other things I've been having, so I squeezed and the little thing popped out. The other places I've had these are my arms, the top of my head, and my left leg. I also currently have one beneath the skin of my left breast, which has been there for over 2 years now. Only the first one on my arm and the one on my breast were/are visible beneath my skin, the others would just appear one day.
I really just want to know if anyone has had, heard of, or knows anything about this or something similar to this. I'd like to know what these things are and if there's anything I can do to get them to go away. Please let me know."Replies
02/15/2013: Jane from Alameda, Ca replies: "Hi, I would recommend a dermatologist to help you diagnose this skin condition. If you can't afford one, then perhaps someone on this forum will be able to help you. I do know that most skin conditions are helped with the spice turmeric. The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon in water or rice milk (etc) twice a day. You might also try some herbs to cleanse your liver. Please keep us informed of your progress!"
02/16/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Float-on: You seem to be getting some type particulate matter into your body somehow. There are essentially 3 routes of foreign substances to enter the body: Skin or dermal, lungs or respiratory, and oral or digestive. Do an in-depth historical analysis of environments that might have exposed you to something. The most likely route would be one in which there is compromise. Any kind of lung disease would compromise the integrity of its defenses. Leaky gut syndrome would allow otherwise harmless substances into the bloodstream.
As for treatment. Hot Epsom Salt / Baking Soda bathes should help clear that stuff out. Steam or sauna sweat treatments will hasten the removal of foreign matter.
Hope this helps and let us know of your progress."
03/03/2013: Lisa from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "This sounds so much like what my mother, age 80, has suffered for many years, but it's just her scalp, which she constantly scratches and picks at it. Several dermatologists have claimed it was seboric dermatitis or something like that, all prescribed the same type of ointments and shampoos, and she experienced no relief whatsoever. Cortisone ointment offers some relief. She believes it's a neurological disorder not dermatalogical... but no doctor will agree or pursue the matter."
03/05/2013: Diane from Framingham, Ma replies: "You may find it hard to believe but Urine therapy will resolve the issue... I had the same thing... Read, Your "Own Perfect Medicine, " by Martha Christie.. It's on the web site... Real deal stuff better than shampoo... BTW Most all shampoos have urine in them... Murine eye drop is made of urine hense the Murine name... All expensive cosmetics have urine in them... You have to use HER urine.. Try it once for an hour and you'll see."
12/07/2012: Lorraine from Stortford, United Kingdom: "Hi, my 16 year old daughter got the occasional sore on her face from the age of 11 which healed quickly and was never a problem. Then last year she got sores on her legs that looked like impetigo, but without the crusting, and redness spreading out from them. The doctor said it was cellulitis and she had antibiotics for the very first time in her life. Since then the sores on her face have gradually become more of a problem, and especially so in the last three months, they are many and constant. A sore starts as redness beneath the skin and then surfaces, mostly overnight. They occurred on her nose and forehead but are now appearing on her chin and cheeks. They vary in size, remain flat and raw looking then scab and flake.
The doctor said it is a bacterial infection in the skin caused by the same bacteria that causes acne but she doesn't have particularly oily skin, blackheads or whiteheads and these don't seem like cystic acne... They are not swollen and painful. She has also had a very clear runny nose for the last three months. The doctor wants her to use an antibiotic lotion but she wants a more natural solution and a lotion won't deal with internal infection. Any ideas what could cause it and suggestions for clearing up the infection? Thanks Lorraine"Replies
12/07/2012: Ginny from Boise, Idaho replies: "Lorraine, Does your daughter have a gluten intolerance? You could take her off all gluten for a few weeks and see if the sores get better. If you give her an item with gluten in it after she has been off a while, It could cause digestive discomfort. This will be a tell tell sign."
12/11/2012: Lorraine from Stortford, United Kingdom replies: "That hasn't been suggested before so I'll look into it. Thanks"
10/29/2012: Sue from Sheffield, United Kingdom: "Hello I suffer chronic fatigue syndrome, have dry flaking skin on feet, hands, legs, but got very sensitive body to any medicine this is common in M. E. please can you help to get non-greasy quick to soak in cream/lotion. thanks sue."
09/26/2012: Radiant Goddess from Klang, Selangor, Malaysia: "First of all, this is just an amazing website and I would like to express my gratituted for all the tips i've learned from here so far. I must say oil pulling has seriously helped my cold or continuos leaking nose problem , what a relief :) Thanks a million for sharing.
However, I would love to hear your feedback on hypopigmentation(i think that's the condition I have, the doctors dont even have a name for it but its definitly not vitiligo) and how can I solve this problem?
My skin doesn't seem to recover its natural skin colour pigments back whenever there is an injury, for example, say if I fall, then my skin has a wound or cut or etc. After that a scab is formed, then the scab dries and drops of naturally. After that, I dont get my skin colour back, basically my skin has healed throughly but the injured part of the skin is white in colour. And some of it stays white for years, and some of the white scars seems to be healing and regaining its colour at the slowest speed after even 15 years.
Your advise will be deeply appreciated, because I've been struggling as girl, and now a lady by hiding my face and body with makeup to cover up these scars whenever I go out. And by the way I am a beautiful indian lady, but once the make up goes off I still look beautiful but these marks really changes my appearance, making me look like I have vitiligo.
Awaiting to hear from you. Thank you. God bless"
08/25/2012: Em from Bristol, Uk: "I have just started getting very dry, scaley and wrinkly skin on the front of my neck and jaw line but nowhere else on my body. I have no idea what's caused it and have tried creams for exema. Would you have any ideas to causes and treatment.
Many thanks, Emma, UK."Replies
08/27/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Sounds like something might have disrupted your thyroid. Try increasing your iodine intake. Do iodine painting on that area, and add drops of Lugol's iodine to your tea, soup or other food. There is a lot of information here on EC about Lugol's."
06/30/2012: Patty from Gilmer, Texas: "Forgive me if I am wrong, but I can't find anything on the site for oily skin. I have been using ACV on my face for several days, and while my face looks great, I still have really oily skin. Please help!"Replies
06/30/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, USA replies: "Milk of magnesia is great and I have heard of people using it for oily skin for a long time as a mattifier and for oil control. As a bonus it kills acne bacteria with its alkaline pH. Bizarre, but I have heard this several places. I use it occasionally with positive results. It doesn't zap every last drop of oil, but it definitely helps and mattifies."
07/01/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Patty, Congratulations on the apple cider vinegar making your skin look really nice. If you feel you are still dealing with oily skin, I would suggest bentonite clay. You can either use it topically as a mask which is very good for the skin (also French green clay works) besides detoxing it. When using it as a mask, if you have oily skin you can mix the clay with ingredients other than water. You can also ingest it which would also benefit your entire body. Or you could do a combination of both.
I believe there are people who have posted regarding this on EC but can't tell you under what heading! Sorry. Perhaps do a search for bentonite clay here on EC and see what comes up. Hope this helps, Lisa"
07/03/2012: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa replies: "I second the Milk of Magnesia for oily skin. You can also use it as a makeup primer. Just apply on a cotton square and smooth all over your skin, then apply your makeup over it.
Make sure to buy the unflavored kind and a brand that has ONLY magnesium as an ingredient. Additives like mineral oil or sugar/artificial flavoring can make you break out."
07/03/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "My bottle of CVS milk of magnesia has magnesium hydroxide and purified water. It is sugar free and stimulant free. You can typically get a shop's own brand which is just as well for less than the leading make. Keep in mind it has a very high pH, close to 10, so apply it at a different time of day to ACV, or other tonics."
04/29/2012: Dianak.tx from Houston, U.s.: "Over these past few years I have noticed my beige hands turn tan and dark on the knuckles. Also the knuckles have turned slightly more course from the rest of the skin on my hands. My elbows have done the same. I am 46 and have been going through menopause. I don't have diabetes or any other disease or ailment that I am aware of. Strangely, when my hands are cold or wet and cool, the discoloration is not obvious and my hands look normal again. Also I noticed that for a period, the discoloration (darkening) of my hands went away for a while, but has since returned. I experience a lot of stress and wonder if this has anything to do with the discoloration."Replies
05/02/2012: Bonnie from Abbeville, Al replies: "Same thing was going on to a girl here at work, everwhere her body crease it was like she had a dark tan that looked dirty. They (drs) could not figure it out. She lost weight, throwing up, weak, she would come to work and lay her head on the desk. Went to hospital twice sent her home after fluids, would be better for short time then relaps. Dr. put her symptoms in his pad and came up with addison's disease. It was too late, she had burned out adrenal gland. Please seek help. She is on cortisol for life her body does not make it anymore."
05/06/2012: Dianak. from Houston, Tx replies: "Thank you Bonnie. I have taken into consideration your post above. I had a nutritionist who had been helping me with supplementation and she was giving me specific nutrition dealing with the pituitary and adrenal glands. I felt great after the protocol was given and come to think of it, when my hands had returned to their normal coloring. I have pulled out my supplements again that she gave me and have a scheduled consultation with her to re-evaluate my condition. I don't believe that I have Addison's but now I know that my adrenals and pituitary glands are playing a role in my current condition along with stress in my life that I need to get under control. You have helped set me on a path that needed addressing. Appreciate the help. :-)"
04/24/2012: Petunia from Warrenton, Or, United States: "A couple of years ago I developed a sensitive burning spot on the bridge of my nose when I wear sunglasses. I finally went to the dermatologist and had a small cancer removed surgically and then treated with nitrate/nitrogen?? sorry can't recall what it was a type of spray. After 6 months it was really bothering me again and she said the skin is very thin there and glasses bother it, both reading and sunglasses. So now we have had a few days of sunshine here in Oregon and I have this back again. Any suggestions as what to toughen the skin? I was thinking of some of this barrier film, nose pads on glasses???. I sometimes wonder if it is a reaction to the glasses but once it starts all my glasses bother it. It just started with the sunshine again and wonder also, if it is perspiration. So thanks for any suggestions as to what others have done. Love this site!!"Replies
04/24/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Can I suggest comfrey cream/salve. Comfrey has something in it which should regrow your skin there after a while (and even stop or reverse cancer on skin). You can research Dr. John Christopher and comfrey for more info or search on youtube for comfrey. It is also called knitbone because it repairs broken bones amazingly quick. An amazing herb used for thousands of years."
04/20/2012: Holly from Austin, Texas, Usa: "I am a 60 year old woman, a lifelong Texan and enjoy rediscovering folk cures I grew up with, but "forgot", as well as learning new info on EC. I've used treatments from EC, and 0. 000825am impressed. However, ive been unable to find any problem like mine. I've had scaly (appearance) skin on the backs (tops) of my hands as far back as I can recall. Childhood friends compared its appearance to that of chicken feet (ha! ) but I've found no info about it. It doesn't itch or peel or bleed; just looks shiny and scaly-like chicken feet. My hands have never been plump or smooth-always thin, bony and scaly looking. I've used 2-week courses of ACV, H2O2, VCO, Vaseline, EVO, Epsom salt soaks/mag. oil sprays - all to no avail. My cuticles stay dry and rough, and my nails are either soft, thick and strong or flaky- each nail is different. Can EC or Ted or a reader help identify the cause, or a cure?"Replies
04/20/2012: Lilly from Houston replies: "Apply glycerine mixed with water, that will remove the scaly appearence."
04/23/2012: Holly from Austin, Texas replies: "Lily, Thanks for the glycerin tip. I tried it 2 nights in a row, but no change yet. I read where ingesting coconut oil helps skin so I'm doing that, too. Time will tell..."
09/12/2012: Monsoon from Pune replies: "Hi Holly, my mom used this and it worked wonders. Take half of glycerine and half lemon juice in a bottle. Use it every night on your hands and feet. She saw the difference in a week, though she uses it forever now. God Bless!!"
01/16/2012: Shara from Toronto, Ontario: "Hi, Do you have remedy for itchy neck and chest?
01/19/2012: Kalki from Mumbai, India replies: "Hi Shara, Check for anything you may be allergic to like clothing, jewelry (chains, etc as it's around the neck and chest), soap, perfume and food. Eliminate or avoid as far as possible.
When I had unbearable itching on my face and neck, the only thing that could provide any relief, and that too in 15 mts, was the juice of aloe vera directly from the leaf. Spilt the leaf open and bruise the pulp inside. You get a transparent liquid which spreads easily over the skin. You can leave it on.
I was careful not to let the green skin come into too much contact with my hands as it caused itching. I found out later that it was the tip of the plant that affected me more. No such problems using older plants and the wider part of the leaf. Check how your skin reacts in a small area before applying to whole area. Hope you get better soon."
11/22/2011: Angella from Jacksonville, Fl: "I'm a black female looking for a remedy for very oily skin. Someone please help me. I've tried it all. I'm sooooo tired of walking around and looking like I've ran a marathon..."Replies
11/23/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Hi Angella, I have extremely oily skin too. On the bright side you will get very few wrinkles and therefore look years younger. I have heard it is caused by a zinc deficiency but I have taken zinc tablets and it hasn't helped. Maybe zinc will help you though. Cheers Lily."
11/11/2011: Tan from Gove, Nt, Australia: "I live in Northern Territory Australia in hot humid conditions. A couple of years ago I went swimming in a local water hole and laid down on the rocks/soil/sandy part at the edge of the water. A day or two later I became itchy on the skin where it contacted the ground. There was no rash and any redness came from the scratching. It went away after I broke the skin. This now happens every time I go swimming in warm water or soak in any water for a period of time, including pools, oceans and creeks. Every time it happens it goes away after I break the skin and only stays itchy till then. No bugs come out that I can see and no one else who was there have the same issues. It always occurred on the skin that contacted the ground and did not spread until recently. The itchy area is now slightly larger but it has been a long time since I have soaked in a both or goes swimming.
Last time I went swimming it didn't react and that could have been because I wasn't in the water for long or it was the ocean (tho it has reacted in that in the past) or any number of reasons. Do you know what is causing this and how can I treat it? Doctors think I am making it up because they don't see it when I go in due to me breaking the skin before I get there. I need help because it is stopping from enjoying the outdoor swimming that is the lifestyle here and affecting long soaking baths which I love!"Replies
11/27/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Tan, If you had dry skin it could have been swimmer's xerosis, so you could try moisturizing with coconut oil."
10/21/2011: Jana from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa: "Hi there, I am new to this site and I am hoping that someone, somewhere can please help me. I am 38 yrs old, diagnosed with melasma (due to hormones and sun), rosacea with broken capillaries (due to IPL treatments that went terribly wrong - to treat melasma), I have acne caused by hormonal imbalance and my skin looks 20 yrs older than it should. Combination, sensitive skin, large pores, crepey skin under eyes, deep forehead wrinkles, crows feet, lines above lip, lots of wrinkles. I know, I am a MESS. I admit, I don't have the healthiest lifestyle, don't drink or smoke, but drinks lots of coffee and the diet is no better. I don't sleep well and don't exercise much. Don't drink water either. Please, I need help with my sorry looking skin. Reduce redness, melasma, acne, large pores, wrinkles, etc. I know it sounds like a hopeless case, but I've almost given up on myself. Any info on supplements and topicals would be appreciated. SORRY for the LOONG post."Replies
10/21/2011: P from Middle, Fl replies: "Hi!
Keep in mind you will NOT get results overnight. That means whatever endeavor you decide on, you must keep at it, as it will gradually occur. Trial and error will be a part of it, but thats where u will gain your knowledge.
Introduce water in your regimen, you really need to hydrate the insides. Add lemon and honey if you want flavor in your life!
Add all three (3, 6, 9) omegas to your diet.
Take desicated liver; its a natural form of multi-vitamin and minerals!
Wash face and body with castile soap (its natural, lathers well and rinses well. it leaves no residue)
To exfoliate put a little baking soda in soap.
For face mask you can use honey or black strap molases for 20min once a week.
For moisture use coconut oil... All over, even on dry hair! Then for night time face moisture, add castor oil.
As you get use to these slight but effective changes and still in the mojo of things research, research, research! Go to the top of this site and hit the tab button that says remedies and read it from A-Z! Cross reference information in the internet.
Meanwhile, look into: Apple Cider Vinegar, Mini beet protocol, coconut, Aloe Vera, Omega Oil, Amino Acids, Anti-oxidants, Hydrogen Peroxide, Liver Detox (its very important, liver and intestines play a major role on your immune system), pro-biotics, green smoothies! These things make a difference in the inside therefor showing results on your skin. I assure you, that once you start adding the good stuff to your diet you will feel sooooo good, that eating the bad stuff will make you really feel sooooo BAD, hence casually changing your diet cause you want to feel good about your insides and the outside! I write this, because thats what I've been doing.... I am my own guinea pig!
PS: Read up on what herxheimer reaction is, because more likely you will experience it! (its when die off bacteria is eliminated out your body and makes you feel flu like symptoms)
From there, your world will open up to other possibilities! Good luck!"
10/21/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Jana you practically answered your own questions. Why is your skin so bad?
You don't drink water; you drink lots of coffee; your diet is bad, you don't have the healthiest lifestyle!!
An old saying is very true - you are what you eat. Acne is mostly caused by digestive issues. The toxins have nowhere to go so they are erupting on your face. You need to clean up your diet, eat minimal processed foods, take probiotics, eat lots of leafy green vegetables, drink water... Exercise, cut out the coffee or cut it down to minimal daily. Juice lots of green vegetables to drink and you will be amazed how clear your skin will become. Get your digestive system moving. It is all related. There is much info on this site. Spend some time reading it. If you don't change the way you eat, it won't be long before major problems start happening with your health.
I would also take iodine (or sea vegetables) because that balances hormones in the body or ensure you eat iodised salt. Sprirulina and chlorella are great superfoods to have as well."
10/21/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Jana - Unfortunately, all the topicals and supplements in the world can't repair skin damage if your health isn't based on a firm foundation of nutrition and exercise. Start with small steps - it's overwhelming to do a complete fitness makeover and expect to stick to it.
Awhile back I read: The Water Secret - the cellular breakthrough to look and feel 10 years younger by Howard Murad, M. D. (a dermatologist who formulated the expensive skin care line Murad). It's a very quick and easy read (save money and just get it from the library). In a nutshell, he tells you that, in order to get water INTO your cells, you need to "eat your water" (foods that are high in water - that's why green smoothies will get you started on beautiful skin). I believe he does recommend his own supplements (well, they all do that) but you can get similar ones in any health food store. As for skin products, do some research for your skin type, but many people have had great results with massaging coconut oil into their skin. None of this has to be expensive. Check out some the Earth Clinic pages regarding skin health.
It will take some effort but it will be worth it. You will look and, more importantly, feel so much better. Good luck Jana! Bess"
10/25/2011: Rr220 from Reno, Nevada replies: "Hello, I am about your age and also have rosacea, large pores very oily skin, broken capillaries bla bla bla... Anyway since March I have been researching and researching and I have tried everything including a very very healthy diet which only made me lose more weight (I need to gain) and did absolutley nothing for my skin. I started seeing improvement after I started using Hp/borax solution, then I went on to using ivermectin topically, (continued to see gradual improvement) then Tea tree oil topically. I just recently purchased ZZ cream and I really like it and is seems to be working pretty darn good so I think I will stick with it for awhile, I had heard of this cream before but I am so scared to use anything new on my face because I tend to break out with EVERYTHING, but I had tried everything else so I just figured what the heck, I read through everyone of the forum posts on the demodexsolutions website before I decided to buy it but I am glad I did."
08/25/2011: Candyny from Cambria Heights, Ny, Usa: "Good day everyone,
01/26/2012: Audre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hello Helle, I'm not sure if anyone has come back to you; but you are not alone in this! I have hypothyroidism and have every single side effect listed below. I have been to many doctors and my blood tests come back normal or lightly over (which means for under active) I have had throat x-rays and have goiters and I have a family history of Thyroid conditions; mother and grandmother, three aunts and my sister has chronic fatigue. Yet, with all this the GP's did not want to help me and would only suggest I have Chronic fatigue... which I DON'T because the symptoms are completely different.
The thing is with Hypothyroid, it does not necessarily come up in blood tests until its at a very bad level (even though it feels that way now)
My issue was I didn't really want to get prescribed to a synthetic hormone to attempt to balance me out when there was nothing to compare it to anyways. So I went the natural way to see what natural remedies were available.
My sister is a naturopath so I did have guidance and low and behold I have this thing under control! I have moments I can not function like a normal person but majority of the time I am ok. And lost that weight too!!! ... So. Natural way; there are herbals and am sure they are available in NY or for delivery; St Francis Herb Farm. Bladderwrack or Hypothyroid are brilliant. Twice to three times a day helps suppor the thyroid and gives energy levels.. its a natural herb so its not harmful.
For the weight loss and metabolism: Gynema. 75. It helps beat down and supports healthy glucose metabolism. Virgin Coconut Oil- I cook it with everything and there is plenty of research and sites on this amazing product!! Loss of weight, gains energy. 3 Tablespoons a day- makes spaghetti taste interesting but would not go without it! Its also great for your skin! Its heals everything (as I get flaky skin from the hypothyroid) I put it on before I go to bed at night, and its amazing. - of course I have separate jars from what I use in the kitchen.
Iodized salt- just switch your salad and ada it to anything you have salt with... If you have an iodine deficiency... I do as it's all wound into the same things.
For me, I also don't eat a lot of foods as my body can't process and function if I'm not extra healthy. So I have a Gluten free diet (no wheat, rye, barley. ) also yeast is out. Another thing to stay away from is High Fructose Corn Syrup. (HFCS) its going to keep those Kilos on and won't be supporting your body in a healthy way.
I'm only 31 and have made these changes over time (years) to find the right balance that suits me. I would certainly start with your own naturopath or Chinese medicine doctor but if you want to start with your own changes- start with the Coconut Oil and St Francis Herbal Farm. http://www.stfrancisherbfarm.com/"
06/11/2012: Dw from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "Sounds like it might be Candida, an overgrowth of yeast. Try taking Acidophilus and cut our sweets and breads. Check out what earthclinic says about Candida! There is lots of good info here!"
08/22/2011: Bobbie from Washington, Il: "I had a small size circular rash under my boobs, (B size, no real skin on skin problem. ) I went back to work after a disc displacement injury and with 100 degree temps, aggravated to heat rash. I thought... Fungal infection and used tea-tree oil, put on with a cotton ball and allowed to dissipate created no problems. Put on a band-aid and marinate all day, ... Chemical burn to your skin. I have used this on my ear and gotten hours of weeping? I first thought it was ringworm and the itching and pain are intolerable, then I thought antihistamine reaction to something, now I think some type of yeast infection with the base being a weakened immune system. I really don't care what it is, I just want relief from constant itching and I don't have insurance and am trying any home remedy I think makes sense, apple cider vinegar burns something fierce when applied to rash, and I can't stand the smell of it so once a day on that. I've been fairly healthy my whole life with very little effort and poor diet, 6 months shy of 40 and now all these skin problems??? I work 10-12 hr days delivering packages up to 80 lbs. And drive 200 miles a day in an non-air conditioned vehicle. Yep, glutton for punishment who hates her job! I've read good things about coconut oil and that's my next good option. Thanks for any help!"Replies
08/22/2011: Doddie from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa replies: "Try 91 % alcohol until you find out what it is! I broke out with an unidentified rash, it was called a contact rash. The doctor gave me prednisone and a anti histamine (for the itch). When I got off the prednisone, the rash started coming back. I soaked it in the alcohol and it never came back."
08/22/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Bobbie, You could also try iodine dabbed onto the area. With you being in the heat for so many hours you may be getting dehydrated which can cause our skin to have a few problems. Due to the toxic enviroment with the trafic fumes you may be putting extra work onto your liver and then your skin helps, and you end up with skin issuses. Taking something to help support your liver might be worth looking at. Aloe vera and neem taken internally can be good for skin conditions, although it does not happen overnight. All the best."
07/16/2012: Diane from Ottumwa, Ia, Usa replies: "Sesame Oil, topically applied. Sesame oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Sometimes rashes are fungal, but if the rash has red dots and lifting scales, it could be bacterial, like a Staph or Strep infection of the skin. Sesame oil will kill staph or strep. Takes a little time. Use it for 4 days at least to be sure if it is working or not. Use only the pure golden oil not a treated, dark one. The one I use is organic. Hope this helps someone. Best Wishes."
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