Dry Skin - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Dry Skin. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Papaya Ointment

Posted by Maria (Canberra, Australia) on 06/19/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Wonderful to have this website! Am reporting cure from Ichthyotis ( spelling?) that scaly looking crocodile skin. Am 77 yrs. For several years, any dark coloured slacks I wore had white powder inside the legs from the skin rubbing and flaking. I was ashamed of how my lower legs looked and kept them covered. I often rubbed good quality lotions and also oils on them but no cure, just looked better for a day. I finally remembered how Papaya Ointment helped my mothers hands after she damaged them with bleach. She tried many things but only the papaya helped ( straight away.)

Well, it worked for my legs too. After the first application! Because it is sticky, I patted talcum powder over it. I applied it again two days later just in case, but that one application did it. My mother used the one mixed with petroleum jelly, I used a very natural one. I waited two weeks before reporting. Both types of ointment worked straight away. It's the Papaya.

Wheat Germ Oil

Posted by Millicent (France) on 12/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I was using coconut oil on my skin. I loved the smell but my skin just does not absorb this oil. It would sit on the surface of my skin and be rubbed onto my clothes. Didn't help chaffed skin much at all. I recently bought a bottle of wheatgerm oil and boy that is another thing altogether. I can apply it directly to my face and it is absorbed rapidly, rubbed it on my chaffed elbows and next day they were better. It's full of vitamin E.

Eat the coconut oil or put it on your hair but wheatgerm oil is more readily absorbed in my experience.