After 10 months of nasty eczema on my face, neck and right arm this stuff has saved my skin.
I tried all sorts of things including the nonsense prescribed by doctors (steroid cream) which actually made it worse. Pure shea butter is my runner up but wasn't nearly as effective as this miraculous stuff.
Within 2 days of using it I saw a clear improvement and within a week or 2 it was gone. See all the 5* reviews on amazon, if you have eczema this is definitely worth a try. It has all natural ingredients.
I still use it sparingly and only get flare ups now when I eat refined Sugar or bread (wheat/yeast) which are notorious for feeding parasites/candida.
I spritzed coloidal silver on my eczema to keep it clean and avoided shower water on my face/neck as that made it worse. It was tough to begin with but now I'm used to washing my hair and drying it before standing under the shower with my head/neck out.
My patches of eczema had very defined edges btw and didn't fade out at the sides. It spread from my neck to my cheeks and then to my forehead but my neck was always the worst, sometimes it would weep and scab over. All the patches were pink-red and flaky-scaly depending on how angry it was.
The patch of eczema on my arm was HUGE and I'm only just getting my complexion back now but it was a faded white pigment for a long time after the eczema healed.
Also, diet is sacrosanct if you have parasites. Food grade diatom, dried coconut (not the oil), Sea Salt , organic apple cider vinegar, sweet potatoes, cayenne pepper, turmeric capsules (gelatin free), dandelion tea, beets and papaya seeds have all become apart of my vegan diet.
But for repairing the damage already done to your skin I have to recommend Hope's Relief! My dad heard of it by word of mouth and ordered me some as a gift. Amazing product! Let me know if it helps you too.
And if possible please let me know what parasites cause that kind of eczema, I still hear squelching sounds in my gut and feel what might be parasites moving around under my skin (feels like throbbing veins). I first got eczema on my neck at age 16 only a week or so after swallowing dirty water (long story short I almost drowned swimming across a quarry like the stupid teenager I was). That faded when I turned 17 and I didn't see a flare up again till I was 18 on my right arm, that too eventually faded and I was eczema free age 19 but had my worst flare up last year which is the one I've already described to you. It's also worth mentioning I had bad IBS when I was 20 but going vegan sorted that out for the most part. I turned 21 recently, my skin is good but it seems I'm still fighting these vampires. I think I might have seen one once or a cluster of them in the toilet (little white tendrils sticking out of a translucent white blob is the best way I can describe that oddity).
I have it too. I first had it 17 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter and in Beauty school. My dermatologist told me to quit or it would never heal. It was awful. My palms were both covered in blisters and peeling. I quit working as a cosmetologist a year later and eventually they healed up and stayed pretty good until three years ago. I got into a car wreck and they have been inflamed ever since. Its a real pain.
But here is a strange discovery: two weeks ago I broke a molar and was taking Ibuprofen three times a day. All my blisters cleared up, but now I have a rash on the back of my hands.
I wish I had some answers for you.
I wear gloves whenever I cook or clean just to keep from making it worse.
It won't cure it but it sure makes it feel better. 'Skin Gel' by aloe life is the best & most pure product I have come across if you can find that one.
As for cures I am on the dyshidrosis yahoo group and the only cures I have heard of were obtained through dietary changes such as gluten free diets and eliminating as many toxins in the environment & diet as possible. Also yoga has helped some as they say it is majorly influences by stress. Also, doctors will be of no help to you unless you get an infection or wish to be treated with steroids; with this stuff you are pretty much on your own...
And another thing, if you are open to it I have found rubbing urine on my hands multiple times a day when I have it really mild on the hands helps clear it up beautifully.
But the fact that you are experiencing anything like this is definitely a sign from the body that something is up internally, so ignore it at your own peril because it will keep coming back, and it will get worse. Some of the people I have talked to have had it for 40+ years, not sure to what extent, but I have only had it for a couple and it has severely impacted my life. I have been unable to work or even walk much for the past 3 months or so while having it just as bad on my hands... not fun as you can imagine.
One thing that might be good in the long term ( it is definitely not a short term cure, at least in my case) would be Kombucha. There are a number of reasons for this one of them being the fact that Kombucha acts as a sort of chelating agent which assists in the removal of heavy-metal toxins. Also it is a good probiotic & overall long-term tonic. Pretty much completely safe...
Alot of people on the DE Yahoo Group swear by hi-strength H202 (9-27%) but I have not had much luck with the 3% solution and that burns like f***ing hell! ACV is also goo because your skin is naturally acidic so it doesnt allow bad bacteria to grow on your skin. This burns also if you have any open wounds (best not to pick at it AT ALL, though I know how truly hard this is) as will the UT.
SO, yeah, just some other things I thought of that I am trying and that others use. One more thing I have just started taking 5 grams or more of Chlorella per day as this is also supposed to be great for you all around as well as a complete-protein and heavy metal detoxifier.
Heh...until I found this posting I didn't know the itchy rash I get on my hands had a name other than "eczema" Good to know!
I have not found a cure for this, after suffering for 12+ years with it. It seems to be brought on by many things, from stress, to doing the dishes, to hormone fluctuations around "that time of the month". I have, however, found a few ways to cope with it, and make the symptoms at least BEARABLE.
- use only all-natural bar soap to wash hands and body, preferably cold-processed, and even better, bought from a "company" where you can actually talk to the person who made it. These soaps are typically full of fats, which are soooo good for your skin, and there is little to no chance of there being any SLS in them, which is a trigger for some sufferers. Even if SLS doesn't trigger your outbreaks, it can definitely make it worse with the drying effect it has on your skin. Etsy.com ( http://www.etsy.com
) has literally HUNDREDS of sellers who are making and selling handmade soaps for reasonable prices, and they list their ingredients right on the item pages. Failing that, see if your local store carries "Dr Bronner's Magic Soap", which is just a commercially made and widely-available all natural soap. SLS is damaging to both your skin AND to the environment; check out this MSDS sheet on a bath product additive primarily composed of SLS: http://www.bathbomb.biz/acatalog/MSDS/SLS_Noodles.pdf
They tell you it's a skin irritant, and to try to contain wastewater produced when using it, yet it's in almost every single bath and body product out there. Natural soaps are the way to go.
- Avoid petroleum products when possible. This means reading labels of your shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, lotions, toothpaste, lip balms, and anything else you apply to any part of your body. You'd be amazed at the places manufacturers hide that nasty stuff. I thought my rash was spreading out over my body, but it turned out that the bodywash I was using (and had recently switched to) contained petrolatum, and was causing similar eczematic reactions in places other than my hands. Switching back to a product without petrolatum has since cured that issue and now the outbreaks are once again contained to my hands, which I never thought I'd be glad for until I started breaking out elsewhere as well.
-I recently started using use a salve for my hands called "no more rough patches", made by Pepo Park. There are only 8 ingredients, and all of them are pronounceable, and none of them came from an oil refinery. They are: shea butter, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, grapeseed oil, beeswax, vitmain E oil, essential oils of lavender and tea tree. This is a WONDERFUL product, and I can't speak highly enough about it after a couple weeks of using it. It's pretty inexpensive, especially considering the relief it's given me, but especially when you compare it to fancy lotions and creams available at tour local drugstore or from your physician. At $10 for a 3.5 oz tin it's a STEAL. It hasn't stopped me from getting the itchy blisters, but then again, nothing EVER has. What it HAS done is eliminated the painful infection and inflammation that always followed the blister breakage, which had been the worst part of this annoying condition. My hands feel softer and smoother, almost like normal again, and the scaly, cracking skin is a thing of the past. Since using this product I have found that the itching and blistering still occur, as they always have, but after the blisters break, they just kind of... heal. It's weird after all these years of applying product after product to no avail, and also quite wonderful. The ingredients are well-known for their healing and moisturizing properties; combined you have an all-in-one moisturizer, anti-microbial, and breathable barrier cream. Anyway, like I said, I can't say enough about this stuff, it's just plain great. You can find their products at their website, http://www.pepopark.com,
and at the low price they sell this stuff for (there's also a smaller tin for $5) you ought to at least give it a shot. Bonus: it works great as a petroleum-free Neosporin alternative on cuts and scrapes as well!
- Another thing to try to avoid is latex. Apparently I have a very mild latex allergy, and wearing rubber gloves to do the dishes by hand always made my hands get WORSE; it took me awhile to figure out it wasn't the heat of the water doing it to me, it was the rubber gloves themselves. An allergy patch test never revealed a latex allergy, yet doing dishes ALWAYS resulted in a new breakout on my hands, usually within an hour of cleaning up. Buy vinyl or nitrile glove if you need to do something which requires immersing your hands for an extended period; since making the switch to wearing vinyl "rubber" gloves, or even nothing at all, the occurrence of new breakouts has dropped dramatically.
Hope some of this helps you, and possibly others; good luck with it!!
I, too, recently discovered that I have dishydrotic dermatitis, or pompholyx.
My hands and feet, in a flare-up, are covered with the beginning postules that break and become scabs. My skin cracks and bleeds and the itch is enough to drive someone crazy - that someone being me.
There's all kinds of advice out there and I've tried pretty much all of it - the "chemical" approach - steroidal creams, cortisone, anti-biotics... the herbal approach - chaparral extraction, evening primrose, Plantolin... all have minor effects on the outbreaks, but nothing that clears. Here's what I know and do...
I've had this all my life. I remember these little "bubbles" on my hands as a child. My father had it. It seems to be something hereditary that loiters, waiting for an opportunity to strike. My first bad flare-up occurred after a session of anti-biotics (the first in over 20 years) taken for bronchial pneumonia. Obviously, my body was under stress and unable to keep this shadow disease at bay any longer. It got loose.
If an outbreak threatens, at the sight of even the smallest little "bubble", I break open capsules of brand name Exact Garlic Oil (1500 mcg), and rub the contents of one on each foot, and one for both hands, put socks on and cotton gloves. This I do before I go to bed. My husband gets hungry because I smell like salami - we giggle. It works.
I've tried real garlic but it's a little harsh on healthy skin, which only makes it worse. The capsules are perfect.
During the day, I use Lac-Hydrin (from the makers of Moisturel), a 12% lactate lotion. It stings where the cracks are for a bit, but when the sting is gone, so is the itch. If a really bad crack develops, I use plain ol' iodine. Again, it stings, but nothing has healed the cracks as fast.
With this compound treatment, I have been wound-free for several months so far, and still counting. Mine WAS as bad as the photos, but all clear now.
And I know they say not to use hot water, but the itch is sometimes all-consuming. Hot water takes the itch away and anything is better than scratching. Use it only as a last resort, tho.
Hello, you may be interested in the testimonial that Allerg’Atopie published on her Facebook page. She has been suffering from severe pompholyx (also called dyshidrotic eczema or dyshidrosis) and reports wonderful results with products from SKINTIFIQUE. This is a new derm company launched by a Harvard Professor and a group of experts from Boston and Paris. The products include a Lotion designed primarily to provide moisturizing and protection against Nickel, Chromium and other metals (dyshidrosis is often a result of allergy to metals), and a Gel cream that provides intense moisturizing and soothing relief to sensitive, allergic or damaged skin. They do not contain any steroids and other drugs known to harm skin over the long run. Hope this can help some readers in this forum
I have something I want to share & hope it works for others. Although I have always been allergy prone and have very sensitive skin.... in February 2013 horrible stress & ailments began. It was a perfect storm ... dental surgery, severe grief/stress .... abrupt life changes, etc.. All I know is within one week of Feb. 7, 2013 so much went wrong no one could believe it. I broke out in hives basically on every square inch of my body... everywhere! And I mean everywhere... & inside my mouth down my throat... tongue, everything. It was life-threatening (my throat closing up rapidly from anything) & diagnosis went everywhere, too... from lichen planus to finally urticarial vasculitis - chronic urticaria with severe angioedema.... Everything in my life changed & pain was excruciating. So, since I could do nothing but resolve my condition... I no doubt tried everything from cold baths, bleach, vinegar, natural remedies, strict diet eliminating all wheat, flours, wine, cheese ... basically almost starving at times... but drinking distilled water .. & praying without ceasing. Over the years, I did get some of the outbreaks to diminish... & I avoided the obvious which would set off a new life-threatening episode .. my face swelling up so severe my eyes were completely swollen shut. The obvious triggers were - raising my blood pressure (any & all stress), talking (it raises blood pressure), parabens, all soaps & shampoos & creme rinses, bug sprays, lawn sprays, sunlight, air pollution, heat, etc... & any industrial fermentation products - which I found out is really in everything now & if you read about the practices of this in our foods - you will definitely be shocked at how much we put our bodies through .... auto-immune actually is a legitimate way the body reacts to horrible bacterial & virus onslaughts. So, along with everything else people may recommend ... yes - please try what would work for you individually & with your doctor... as many things can help with the pain & recovery including a vegetable & seed diet.
So, after several years to 2015 - I really had the angioedema & hives under pretty good control by the Grace of God .. Thank God! However, in 2015 I contracted some kind of virus from a restaurant food I believe... which set everything off again --- but once I was through the worst... my hands began this dreaded dyshidrosis! I looked up everything I could on this.. & again tried everything... My hands were so bad, swollen, useless, painful, ... & huge social disgrace trying to hide them.
I noticed that water or getting them wet at all increased the breakouts. Cotton gloves with plastic gloves over the cotton gloves was the only way I could wash my hair, etc.. During this time I kept reading how staph & strep bacteria were everywhere & always on our skin... some people being better carriers of it to slough it off on everything. I used alcohol &/or bleach wipes to keep the exposure less. I had read where cornstarch was an anti-bug natural remedy to put into the crevices of your house & floor boards ... as there were some ant problems in my house & I could obviously not use ANY bug spray or most cleaning products. Well.. Praise God! the cornstarch worked in keeping my home bug free.
During these past years, I had tried different powders .... medicated or anti-fungal, etc.... to relieve itching & breakouts.... but like Benadryl NOTHING really helped.... I bought a new Johnson's baby powder of "pure constarch" with aloe & vitamin E... & noticing it said it absorbs moisture... I determined that my hands were only better when they were overly dry... So, I put some in a plastic bag *so I wouldn't inhale any powder)- & "washed" my hands in this pure cornstarch. Wow! it really began relieving my hands! I kept this up... & like I would go out of my way to NEVER get my hands wet.. but just leave them totally covered all the time in cornstarch rubbed in constantly. Within about two months, my hands were really pretty good... by three months it was a regular routine & I was actually excited & amazed to have my hands back at all. It has now been over 7 months & no outbreaks! Thank you Jesus!
When I start to feel anything ... especially two fingers often start-up & sometimes my palms get the characteristic bumps... I immerse & rub in the cornstarch! It stops the new eruption / breakout cold!.. I have also found it stops most of my hives on my face, too - if they ever get in contact with whatever might trigger the angioedema /urticaria problem.
My theory on this is strictly an opinion, but I believe my body's immune system is re-acting to real threats of bacteria, virus, mold, etc.. from contact on my skin to my internal intestines. Since I have a very strict diet - I am not exposing myself to huge amounts of industrial fermentation - bacteria, etc.. inside... and as far as outside contact.... I believe when I touch something on my skin or hands which no doubt contains the typical staph / strep bacteria everywhere. the cornstarch somehow surrounds the bacteria & prevents the site from getting further deep into my skin..... whereas washing my hands in water & any soap... kind of opens the skin pores more allowing the bacteria to go deeper into the skin. I also ALWAYS wash my hair, hands etc... in the coldest water I can stand as otherwise the heated up skin/ scalp will have a re-action.
As this remedy has worked for me (& my daughter, too - who has some skin problems) - I have been meaning to post it for others to find - since I gained a lot of insight during all these years from the support groups etc.. for severe skin & auto-immune disorders.
Best to all of you & much love! ... & may God bless all!
I've developed this strange rash after sleeping in different bedsheets. I'm assuming it's either that, or possibly from accidental contact with poison ivy the same night when I was enjoying a bonfire. I've had this for about three weeks I think?
I'm not sure what it is. At first I thought it was just a bad reaction to mosquito bites. I have a hard time resisting the itch now. It's so itchy... It's driving me crazy. It's very distracting, and I'm worried it could get worse. I don't know how to make the itching stop or what to take to get rid of it.
I'd really appreciate it if anyone could suggest what it might be, but really I just want an itch remedy. Pretty sure it'll go away if I don't mess with it, but the urge to itch is strong within me!
About 2 months ago, I wrote to you this message ....
I've had a problem with dry, peeling lips for the past 5 years. I've never had problems with my lips or any skin problems for that matter before. Well, about 5 years ago, I was smoking weed when I noticed that my lips were very chapped and peeling. Thats when I started using chapstick. However, since then, my lips never healed and returned to its "normal" state. My lips are always dry and they dry up quickly. Say for instance, I wash my lips. At that instant, my lips might appear to be fine, however, 1-2 hrs later, my lips will have dried up and start to get crusty.
Currently, I break up a vitamin E capsule at night and then apply it on my lips. Then in the morning, I try to clean my lips so to speak and then apply crisco which keeps my lips presentable for and hr or so. Then I have to wash my lips and either apply more crisco or apply some african shea butter so I can exfoliate the lip skin later on during the day.
The problem seems like my lip is unable to moisturize itself. It simply just drys up. My lips will dry up, either crack or get "hard" and then peel. The dried up skin also turns white when in contact with water. It seems to be worst on my bottom lip and on the middle bottom of my upper lip.
Currently, Im trying to order your book and I want to try liver cleansing.
I no longer drink alcohol, smoke or do drugs. I drink plenty of water and I exercise at least couple times a week by running.
This lip problem has taken my "life" away from me. I just want it back.
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The problem is not really in the skin of your lips, but reflects an inflammatory condition in the colon, parts of the small intestines and some in the stomach. The inner skin that enfolds the GI tract is irritated and may have developed small lesions. Drugs do that, and certain foods and beverages do that as well. The lower lip mostly represents the condition of the large intestines and the upper lip mostly that of the stomach. Eating a lot of acid-forming foods such as animal proteins and any processed, refined, micro-waved, frozen foods acidify the intestinal lining and walls and force the outer "skin" lining in both the intestines and lips to be replaced or shed more quickly and more often than normal. It is not a disease, but a survial mechanism. When you receive Timeless, Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation (www.ener-chi.com), make sure to follow the guidelines for diet according to body type and the recommended bed and mealtimes. When the lips reduce the swelling you will know that the intestinnal wounds are also healing up. Then you can start liver cleansing. In the meanwhile, to support the body, you may use colosan (now in capsule form from FamilyHealthNews.com) and a colonic irrigation of colema from time to time.
Since then, Ive used the colosan(2 bottles) and really tried to change my diet to my body type(vata). I see an overall improvement about 30%. I say 20% because although I noticed that my lip skins peels much slower, it STILL gets dry and eventually peels. Also, it gets white when in contact with water. I'm currently applying east african shea butter throughout the day and night and sometimes even crisco. I find your book to be AMAZING, and I have not yet finished it because of my current busy schedule but Im really trying to focus on the recommended diet for my body type and Im also trying really hard to not eat dinner beyond 7pm. I'm also applying borage oil on my forearms and stomach before I go to sleep. Someone with a similar problem to mine did this for couple days and his lips were HEALED(he had this problem for 5+ yrs too). However, it seems like its not working for me.
Andreas, I am currently ordering more colosan and Im trying harder to be more discipline in my diet. In the meantime, what would you recommend that I apply on my lips during the day and night to keep it from getting hard and dry. Out of everything that Ive tried, it seems like the eastern african shea butter is working the best.
I still have hope in your "treatment" and I just wanted to ask you if you could give me some advice on what to do.........
Thank you so much
I would stay with the African shea butter, if that works for you. There is no other reason for dry lips than digestive trouble. Liver cleansing is the way to break into the vicious cycle, and along with colon cleansing and a more alkaline-forming diet it should completely restore normal lip skin.
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Andreas's message to you is spot on!
I had nasty, dry peeling lips for many years .. so cracked that they would bleed when I smiled! After my first liver flush, my lips literally shed a thick layer of skin (I felt like a smake) and underneath, suddenly I had gorgeous, smooth and pink lips - all plump and moist! I never need to wear lip salve now.
My lips have not been cracked since .. occasioanlly when I have had a few days of eating junk tyoe foods, i can see my lips getting dry .. but liver flushing and changing eating habits have ensured I never have that condition again.
I just can't believe that!, it seems that everybody on here who has the really bad lips got them becuase our lips got chapped and then used chapstick or some kind of cream on them which has made them worse!. If this problem was our digestion then why did our lips not peel earlier? it's a bit of a coincidence that we all got bad lips after useing chapstic/cream - surely the asnwer is in there!
I stopped drinking and smoking for 4 months and ate healthy and it made sod all difference to my lips!
I now get hammered and smoke 20 fags a night when I want and if I'm pissed it has no bearing on my lips nor if I spend a whole week eating kfc or processed foods!
The only way my lips have improved is by leaving them alone and over time - : we are talking months to years here they begin to peel back slower!
Has Dr Andreas seen a case like ours and completely cured it!, I bet the answer is no!
yeah i agree with you dude this cleancing stuff seems bogus i know because im a vegan
i even tried eating meat to see if the nutrients will help but that cleanseing stuff sounds like an infomercials you see on tv usually a white guy with a big goofy smile telling you how great there product works. i want to see at least ancedotal evidencethat that works
I've had this peeling lip problem since I was a kid. I agree with the guy who said that chapstick and crap made it worse. Last year I didn't have the problem anymore when I quit using all that stuff completely..but it took months for it to slowly work and somehow I ended up with the problem again. I think it had to do with eating a diet high in EFAS.
I've been on The Master Cleanse for 3 weeks now and they've been at their worst! I should be pretty alkaline now, so go figure...
I'll be doing a Liver Flush in a couple weeks. I'll post my results after that.
I have exactly the same problem, have found ways to improve it, but not yet a definite solution. Apologies for the length of the text which will follow; but I would like to take you through a brief history of how my problem developed, in hope to potentially flag the root cause behind it which might have been overlooked by other participants and myself. I do believe there is a root cause and that it can be solved.
I live in the UK. When I was at university, I had a somewhat bad acne problem, and took a medicine called Roacutane which is basically a very large dose of vitamin A, which causes your entire body skin to dry severely and eventually get rid of acne. While I was taking it, my lips were always dry and I noticed I would sweet less. After curing the acne, I stopped taking the medicine and was back to normal - including lips, nice and healthy.
Two years later, I graduated, moved in with my girlfriend and started working at an office. I am and was very healthy, eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, high quality extra virgin olive oil and exercising. Little alcohol and absolutely zero drugs and junk food. The only lifestyle changed, which is small, was the fact that I started drinking one cup of coffee a day and perhaps giving my girlfriend oral sex more frequently than before.
Three months later, I was casually working in my office and when I went to the toilet I noticed an unusual "white layer" across my entire lower lip after I washed it - for no apparent reason. Months afterwards I gradually entered into the "peeling cycle" which is roughly the following: Day 1: lips begin drying; Day 2: "skin pockets" on the lower lips start to appear, and when you touch them you realise the outer layer of skin is detached from the inner; Day 3: vertical cracks across lower lips appear and eventually peel off through washing or biting. Day 4: Start all over again, never ending. This situation is very uncomfortable, although barely noticeable for other people. Unless I get inpatient half way through the cycle, and get multi-layers peeling at different phases. This process continued for one whole year.
Then, I spend long holidays in a tropical country during the summer. This included being in a hot weather, swimming in the sea, eating more fruits, less coffee and more food in general. My lips improved significantly, to the point I simply forgot about the peeling. It is important to note though that my perception of the reduced peeling was exaggerated as I was busy with other activities. During this time, I also visited a dermatologist who advised me it was not exfoliative cheilitis, but simply dry lips. I think he did not know what he was talking about. But he prescribed me a custom made moisturising lip balm, based on the fat that birds secrete on their feathers to stop sinking into water (sounds nasty, I know, but it's not as it is only about 2 - 3% of this substance).
I returned to the UK, and my lips carried the "healthy momentum" for a few months, but then gradually started to return to the previous cycling. The bird oil thing lip balm helped dramatically, it is in fact the only substance that manages to hold it off. I now stopped using it because I ran out, and my lips are going out of control again. I tried all sorts of balms but none has worked. I would like to point out that Vaseline (petroleum based) makes it even worst, so do not use it!
Now let's narrow the biggest suspects:
1. Diet: my diet has not really changed much since then, in fact, it has improved, so I would rule it out of the equation.
2. Coffee: rather unlikely too as first I take little and second many people take it without side-effects (plus I just love coffee).
3. Oral sex: would make sense from a bacterial point of view, but I have spent one year without doing it and experienced no changes. So I do not think that is the case either.
4. Stress: definitely not, I'm zen.
5. Roacutane medicine (vitamin A overdose): this could be the trigger, but interestingly enough, the problem only began two years after I stopped taking it as opposed to have dragged on right away. So perhaps not.
I will try the liver cleansing and will post my results. I have never tried it before so it will be a good base for assessment.
Please let me know if you have any ideas of what could be the trigger for this condition. And ideally, the cure.
Roacutane medicine is known to cause people to become hypersensitive with allergies. It could be that you developed allergies after the medication, possibly lots of food sensitivities or allergies. Not sure.
Yes, I have come across several stories of people developing EC after going through the Roaccutane treatment. However for me, the EC did not simply continue after the drug intake, but started out of nowhere nearly two years after. So one could say that it might have made me more prone to it, but perhaps it is not the only cause.
Perhaps I am simply naturally or due to the Roaccutane, prone to this problem. Then under the right conditions, it develops easily. This makes me believe that I might have acquired candida through oral sex with my gf, in one particular occasion when she might have had a larger flora than usual, and this triggered the condition. I have not been diagnosed with Candida Overgrowth (yet), however I remember often seeing my lips with a thin sort of white slime, which looks like this type of colony.
I do not believe any cream or remedy will solve the root cause of this problem, but rather only cover up the effects. So I will try a machine gun approach on nutrition and cleansing.
From next weekend (05/09/13) I will do a:
1. Classic Liver flush
2. Go through an intensive vitamin intake (mostly B and E)
3. Verify if I have candida, and if yes, will attack it naturally and with nutrition
4. Will keep using the 1% PCA NA moisturising lip balm (which works brilliantly well btw; it does not cure the root cause, but makes my lips 80% normal)to keep my lips hanging while they heal
I will make a log of peeling cycles and will take regular pictures, so that if it works (and I am optimistic it will) I can confidently share the cure. The entire process will probably take a few months, and with winter coming to the UK it won't help, but we'll get there.
if you take accutane, roaccutane, isotretinoin, you atrohpied your sebum glands in all of your body in some degree, there are some cases were sebum and acne come back, but if no you need superdosess of testosterone like in the gyms to get your skin and lips cured, and to make your glands grow back to normal. here is the blog that explain it all
Possibly a combination of things such as the Rocutaine (devastating drug, I took Accutaine and blame that on my gluten intolerance) plus a lack of vitamin D from the sun.
Vitamin D works in concert with many things and when our D levels drop in the winter, lots of things can go out of whack.
You might look into calendula salve for your lips. I had angular chelitis briefly until I began to put that on the corners of my mouth and it went away in a couple of days and hasn't returned.
Also, I have no idea if it would help, but Dr. Christopher's bone and tissue massage oil has been a miracle for many things.
I also love Traumeel which is arnica cream. Don't know if I'd put it on my lips though.
Hope some of these help, but really, first thing is to optimize your D levels either by taking D3 in large doses, buying a vitamin D lamp, or sitting in the sun at the right time of year and day. I'm not sure what that is for England. For Canada, it's May - Sept from 10am - 2pm.
Mine went away for quite a while after working outside and also having to take large doses of L-lysine to stop having fever blisters from working outside. I'm not sure if it was the lysine or vitamin D from sun or combined, it went away but is back now. I left the seasonal job at the end of last year. I'm going to try taking lysine & vitamin D supplements as well as coconut oil with paleo diet in case of candida/yeast. Thanks for sharing.
As a brass player this problem is very annoying to me for any sound that i produce are being produced by the vibrations of my lips. When all my skins have peeled, too much air and vibrations go into the instrument what leaves leaks in the corners of my mouth. A thick skin has more stability that leaves no leaking air, but for the mouthpiece to cooperate properly i have too push it too hard against my lips. Somewhat in the middle of the peeling process my lips feel perfectly fine and i can play at my best. I don't use any balms or chap sticks because they only seem to weaken the skin on my lips even faster and eventually when playing (or sometimes even before that) they start peeling of.
To be honest i often have midnight snacks which are not particularly healthy and could definitely worsen my lips due to digestion problems. Besides that i eat after 7 pm i cannot believe that this causes the problem. I can find myself with lack of vitamin D and/or E and that i smoked weed for 2 years as an explanation.
I started out running for an average 6 km a day which leaves me with an extreme energy boost. But still no change with my lips. I am clean for 5 months now and had hoped there would be some positive outcomes.
Via google i found this forum and i was very intrigued by all the answers and questions that stand here. The only question remaining is how to perform a Liver Flush or cleansing??? I olso have migraine (when usually happens when i have too much gal in my liver) could this be my problem? I figured that if gal is stored in the liver maybe this could help me out with returning my lips to their former glory :).
Srry for the bad English i tried my best. Good luck to all of you and hopefully i get a reply on how to perform a liver flush.
I've always had a problem with somewhat dry lips, but never peeling or severely chapped lips that I would have to peel an entire layer off daily or every other day. Like many, this condition only effects my bottom lip. It started happening approximately a year ago and had HAUNTED me since. It lead to paranoia about the physical appearance of my lip at any given time, and was just overall painful. Peeling of the dead skin would sometimes rip fresh skin underneath leaving it raw and bleeding. Everything I could find online would chalk it up to chelitis, dehydration, lip balms, liver cleansing, etcetera. I knew none of these should be the source for me because I'd never had the problem before, and my lifestyle is much healthier than any other time in my life. I wanted to get a biopsy, buy had no health insurance.
Solution (for me):
I guessed that the problem must be fungal or bacterial.
-Oral sex (Vagina)
My hypothesis is my bottom lip was infected by my electric toothbrush head. Approximately a year ago (slightly before the problem started) I bought my first electric toothbrush. Instead of removing the head of the toothbrush from the body after brushing, I would just rinse it and put it on the stand. I later realized this was trapping water and overtime causing bacteria to grow unseen inside the brush head.
-Bleach bath for lip
I've been on this regimen for about 10 days and I'm already seeing AMAZING results. Some doctors prescribe "bleach baths" to patients with skin infections, so I figure it wouldn't hurt to replicate to scale for my lip. I put a few drops of bleach in a small glass (large shot glass) then fill it 3/4 full with water. Stir it up, then submerge my bottom lip in the solution for 2 minutes once a day for 5 days. Rinse thoroughly, then apply a thin layer of an anti-fungal cream; rub it in and let dry. After the cream drys, apply Carmax lightly on top of. Apply the anti-fungal cream 2-3 times a day.
What anti-fungal cream?
-Clotrimazole Cream (the same cream used to treat Jock Itch, Ringworm, and Athletes Foot)
Amazing, and I'm only a week in. My lip is not drying and crusting much anymore. My bottom lip still needs VERY LIGHT exfoliation about once every third or so day, but the skin comes off easily and does cause any tearing or irritation. My lip is left with a smooth continuous healthy looking layer.
As I said, I'm only a week in, but these are the best results I've received with trying everything I could read under the sun(except the liver cleanse). I really hope this helps someone, because this issue was really starting to depress me, and I just didn't know what to do. Please let me know if this works for you. Once again, I wouldn't recommend the "bleach bath" for longer that a week. If you don't want to do the bleach, you may try just the antifungal cream, or antifungal and substitute the bleach batch for Tea Tree oil cut with coconut or another healthy oil of your choice.
This is seriously affecting my quality of life. I've tried a lot of different things to address my ailments, with some minor success, but nothing dramatic or close to the cure I'm looking for :( I'm 30 years old, very active and exercise many times a week, eat a low carb, high fat, and moderate protein diet, have cut out all sugar, dairy, grains, gluten, caffeine, and any foods I'm allergic to (which I have many). I'm extremely health conscious yet I have all these health issues:
- Hollowed eyes, dark circles
- Creases in skin due to dehydration
- Chronically chapped lips no matter how much water I drink
- I'm always thirsty no matter how much water I drink. I typically drink more than a gallon of water a day.
- Dry eyes, sore to the touch
- Dehydrated look to skin
- Dry lips no matter how much water I drink
- Dry hair, sometimes randomly brittle. Some days hair will feel healthy, other days brittle, dry, with hair loss
- Itchy scalp (Seborheic Dermatitis)
- Sensitive to cold, I start shivering when drinking ice cold water
- Bloated face. After eating, my face takes on a bloated look
- Sometimes I’ll look in the mirror and then come back a few minutes later and my face looks different (it'll be red/less red, more bloated/less bloated)
- On random days or random times during the day my skin and hair will look and feel really good (hydrated, healthy, etc). Then after a few hours, day or few days later, it will return to its dry state.
- I also suffer from food allergies
- Face easily flushes, like from laughing, smiling, etc. Or when standing up after sitting down
- I donated my left kidney 3 years ago
I used to have a brain fog issue but that has gotten a lot better after cutting out carbs. I recently starting supplementing with LoSalt (170mg sodium, 450mg potassium each serving) with about 4-5 servings per day. It seems to have made my skin, lips, and eyes more hydrated. I'm wondering if I should increase the amount of servings even more. What's wrong with me? It seems like there might be a mineral imbalance but I'm not sure. I would appreciate any advice/insight! Thanks so much!
You are drinking too much water and you are still dehydrated.
Sounds to me like you are not getting enough salt, or at least not enough of the right kind of salt.
Chapped lips tells me that you have some inflammation going on in your colon. Are you having regular bowel movements?
I would cut some of the fat out of the diet and make sure to get plenty of essential fatty acids instead.
Do you know the person who has your kidney? Is he/she going through anything similar?
Are you taking selenium? If so, how much? Keep it under 800-1000mcg per day depending on what you weigh.
Get some Bentonite clay from Wyoming, sold by Braunfels Labs on Amazon, soak half a teaspoon in distilled water for a few hours and drink on an empty stomach. It will help clean out the guts and get you the minerals you need.
You are stressing out your kidney with too much water. The circles under the eyes are an indication of kidney stress. Look up herbs for the kidneys. Make herbal kidney tea and drink less water.
Listen to Grizz, too.
Take my advice with a grain of salt peter.
Get several opinions.
Listen to them all.
This is what I would do if I were you.
But you know more about you than I know about you.
So you may know something I don't.
I did those tests about 6 months ago and nothing came up, other than I have Gilbert's Syndrome which I was told was benign. My GFR also showed up perfectly normal for someone with 1 kidney. Thanks for your reply.
Sounds like you could really benefit from the care of a TCM doc. The cold, dry symptoms, among others indicate constitutional imbalances. Treatment would include acupuncture, dietary changes and certain remedies. Here is a web site that may be helpful http://chinesemedicinebodytype.com/body-type-overview/
The web site leads to a report you can order. I would definitely not suggest that. Ask around at health food stores for a great local practitioner of acupuncture. They may be TCM practitioners, chiropractors or other health care doctors.
I would eat warming foods, no sugar, very little raw food. Research the subject on line There's a lot of great info.