Skin Condition Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 28, 2014

Metal Shavings Injuries Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Emacsp (Thmasville Ga) on 12/23/2013

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.

Posted by Cheri
Lincoln Park Nichigan
Have you tried magnets?
Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1294 Posts
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.
Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
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!!!

Posted by Om
Hope Bc Canada
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

Posted by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
643 Posts
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.

Posted by David
Los Angeles California
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.
Posted by Emacsp
Thomasville Nc
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.

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1294 Posts
Thanx for the follow up as it helps to reduce speculation from actual healing.

Pachyonychia Congenita   0  0   

Posted by Janie D (Mattoon, Illinois, Usa) on 09/21/2012

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 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.

Peeling Skin Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Jason (Kuala Belait, Brunei) on 03/17/2014

Can someone explain this:

1. My skin peels when I take warm water to shower.
2. My skin peels when I use soap.
3. My skin dry and peel when expose to sunlight.

Its painful itchy, like a sore wound.
I only bath twice a week or 2 weeks.
I come out only at 5pm.
Chinese medicine says yin deficient.

Anyone has gone through the same thing and found a cure?
Please share with me, I want a cure a.s.a.p.

TQ n God Bless.

Photosensitivity Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Jen (Australia) on 12/16/2013


I am hoping some one can help ....My husband has become photosensitive after taking a specific type of antibiotic he is in his 60s.

If he is in the sun for 5 min he becomes bright red and itchy until the redness disappears. He looks like he has been in the sun for hours.

This creates difficulty for doing anything out side and he used to love the beach....As we live in Australia we have a lot of sun ...

Would anyone be able to tell me if the borax can help him or know of any thing that may be available without causing other side effects.

It would be very much appreciated. Thank you.


Posted by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas
Check out a book called "Drug Muggers". It details common drugs and the vitamins that they deplete. Your husband may be missing a vitamin that is causing the sensitivity. He might also try taking probiotics/yogurt since antibiotics kill good digestive bacteria as well.

Pilomatrixoma   0  0   

Posted by Tara (San Diego, Ca) on 09/11/2012

Please help! My daughter has pilomatrixoma on her cheek. Doctor recommended surgery to remove it. There is not much information online as to how to handle this in a more natural way. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Tara

Posted by Annie
Berkeley, Ca
Hi Tara, I would love to know what you found out. My 8 yr old daughter has just been diagnosed with pilomatrixoma on her eyebrow. Again, the Dr has suggested surgery, but I would like to try a natural remedy before we go down that route. Many thanks

Remedies Needed   1  0   

Posted by Susie Tan (Tutong, Brunei) on 09/25/2014

It's hot where I live from 9am to about 5:45pm. I am hot and sweat a lot. As a result, I catch a cold. I can't stand hot shower everyday too. I feel weak, tired, even to talk. My skin is stingy hot near sunlight. Does the skin suppose to be prickly stingy when one has a cold? What to do?

Posted by Andrew
Seria, Brunei
I don't know much. I'm not an expert of any kind. But what I can say is you're not alone. My skin is also sensitive to touch, heat, hot and scratchy surfaces during a cold, fever - light or strong. I'm searching for whys and solution too.

In the meantime, the best thing I can do to get relief:
a) Put talcum powder on hot skins like armpits, between knees and pubic area.

b) Take 2 paracetamol pills twice a day.

c) Don't touch surfaces long especially towels.

d) Put aloe vera lotion by Vaseline on sensitive, dry skins.

e) Take cough syrup by Hurixs.

f) Rest at home a lot.

g) Drink rehydration salts by Oralite.

h) Cool the house interiors. Easier said than done though. Fan still warm and aircon you feel cold. You know Brunei's weather at day time, hot hot hot.

Lord Jesus please show us the way to healing. TQ

Posted by Johne (Chicago, IL) on 08/23/2014

Hi, my name is John. I have a condition where I can pretty much pick any place on my face and push this waxy (for lack of a better description) substance out my face which sometimes leaves holes that never seem to heal. What is this substance? What is this disease/disorder called? Is there anyway to get rid of it? I usually just push it out but it comes right back. NOTE: It's the stuff that's comes out when you squeeze your nose up, except it's ALL OVER. My skin has never been clear since I can remember but at least I no longer have traditional pus filled pimples. Can anyone help me? Is there a post on here like this? I live in Chicago if a local person/doctor/specialist can reach out. Thank you very much! I look forward to as much great support as possible.

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
471 Posts
Hello John from Chicago,

Re ... face/skin condition

I suspect you have some kind of infection in the face. First if me, I'd want to clear as much of condition out of face as possible. A poultice is what comes to mind. Look at EC's latest You Tube site and look at "Mama to Many" and her post on using charcoal in a poultice. Consider that as a basic approach and then after four or five poultice treatments, I would then apply on white cloth a moistened colloidal silver (warm) to face and let rest there like the poultice. Let CS absorb like a moisturizer. I'd do this a dozen times over a few weeks. The CS would be for killing any infection. Moisturize with anti-fungal cream.

I'd try those two things to see if I could get to the basic cause of the problem.

Posted by Allia (Fl, US) on 06/10/2014

I've had very loose stools for several weeks now, not any better, but now I'm getting these bumps on the roof of my mouth. Not ulcerated, but they hurt. I've held salt water in my mouth, swabbed the spots w/ peroxide, nothing works. Then, last night, I noticed that I"m getting the same kind of bumps on my head and face--not pimples/whitehead zits, but bumps that hurt when touched. I soaked my head w/ borax water, then rinsed w/ water, followed up w/ Apple Cider Vinegar which I let dry on my entire head. What else should I do?

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Allia, check if there is something you are eating that your body doesn't like.

Posted by Kay (Destin, Fl) on 05/24/2014

About a year ago I began getting randomly occuring red swollen spot(s) on the top/center of my cheeks (one or both cheeks, about the size of a dime). The swelling has broken some capillaries (which seems to get more prominent/extensive, with each inflamation). Occasionally when the swelling subsides, it leaves a very thin surface layer scab. (There are no bumps, pimples or anything like pustules; never itches or hurts, etc). I'd like to treat it, and also prevent more capillary damage. (It is not related to sun exposure, and I can't decipher any allergy)

Any idea what this could be; and what I could treat it with?

Posted by Racquel (Queens, Ny) on 03/13/2014

Hey EC....I need your help desperately...since last Tuesday, the weirdest thing started happening to me...I noticed small spots appearing on my skin that are light green in color. The very strange thing is that I can just wipe it off and it comes off. Anyone knows what is causing this? I am 18 years old and scared to!!!

Posted by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
Racquel, check your clothing. Are you wearing something new in that color that is shedding?
Posted by Courtney
Granite Bay, Ca
The green you describe sounds like mold. Maybe something in your room is moldy and you're touching it without realizing, and it's rubbing off onto your skin?
Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
471 Posts

About the "green" color on your skin. This keeps returning...correct? And you are certain it is growing from your skin? Scary! No wonder you're frightened.

Probably a mold in you. Look on the EC site under Ailments (mold/ yeast/ fungus) and you'll get lots of suggestions;

First, get off sugars. Look carefully at your diet.

Second, look at the housing you live in; could be a mold situation in your room or in home in general...does it "smell" musty? Proper ventilation is critical. How about where you work?

As a topical cream application there are lots of possibilities to use. I'd first go for the liquid form of the herb Echinacea. Apply to effected area and reapply...over five days three applications daily. AND I'd use same Echinacea of five drops in glass of water and drink...three of those daily for five days at least. In a severe case I'd drink that amount for a month until I knew the infection was out of my body.

If you want to get very certain about what this is, you could have a dermatologist look at the "green" item under a microscope. And I think you'd find it is fungal.

Posted by Racquel
New York
To: Dave/Courtney/ Mmsg....Thank you guys so much for your response. I think I am going to have it checked out by a Dermatologist. And I am going to have to figure out a way to stay off the sugar. That's going to be hard but I am going to try. Thank you everyone again....

Posted by Float-on (Lahaina, Hawaii, Usa) on 02/15/2013

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.

Posted by Jane
Alameda, Ca
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!
Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
1294 Posts
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.

Posted by Lisa
Las Vegas, Nv
2 Posts
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.
Posted by Diane
Framingham, Ma
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.

Posted by Lorraine (Stortford, United Kingdom) on 12/07/2012

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

Posted by Ginny
Boise, Idaho
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.
Posted by Lorraine
Stortford, United Kingdom
That hasn't been suggested before so I'll look into it. Thanks

Posted by Sue (Sheffield, United Kingdom) on 10/29/2012

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.

Posted by Radiant Goddess (Klang, Selangor, Malaysia) on 09/26/2012

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?

Condition explanation:
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

Posted by Em (Bristol, Uk) on 08/25/2012

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.

Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
215 Posts
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.

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