Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dry, cracked skin on your hands?

This condition may have many sources like…. genetic predisposition, dermatitis and allergic reactions, or result from prescription medications…so the following is merely a suggestion for you to get some relief from the condition….see a medical professional if necessary.

With regard to dry hands, here are a few things you can try:
1. Exfoliate the dry skin with a 3% salicylic acid solution (usually drug stores have this in the hair treatment section as it is good for treating dry and itchy scalp conditions). Do not use any stronger solution…salicylic acid is anti-inflammatory (it is derived from acetyl salicylic acid which is better known as aspirin) so you should not have any adverse reaction to using it on your hands for about 5 minutes each night…however, if any adverse reaction arises then discontinue use of it.
2. Help your skin heal by applying petrolatum/vaseline on the skin at night and covering your hands with gloves to prevent the vaseline from being smeared all over your bed linen.
3. Use a rich shea butter based moisturizer during the day.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.

Few face creams screen out harmful UV-A1 rays from the sun

A review of popular facial creams has found that few provide the UV protection to which they make claim, MedPage Today reports . The review was conducted by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, here, and at Henry Ford hospital in Detroit. They looked at 29 best-selling daily facial creams. Researchers found that regardless of their cost, popularity or sun protection factor (SPF), most creams provide inadequate or no protection against photoaging from UV-A1 radiation.

So my response is….use a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen that is just a sunscreen…don’t use those so-called ‘convenient’ moisturizer and sunscreen combinations. The zinc and/or titanium dioxide content of a sunscreen must be greater than 10%…not 5% as they state in the article… Check out the videos Moisturizers: Yes or No? and Sunscreen: The critical facts , as well as Sunscreen myths .

Dermatologists caution that atopic dermatitis is a strong precursor to food allergies

Atopic dermatitis, one of the most common forms of eczema in this family of inflammatory skin diseases, is a chronic disease marked by red, cracked and itchy skin. Now, increasing evidence indicates atopic dermatitis is a precursor to allergic diseases rather than a consequence. Dermatologists are advising parents of infants and young children affected by this common skin condition to be aware of the potential for future food allergies. Read the full article here.

For adult dermatitis issues and recommendations, see the blog entry Dermatitis/Atopic Dermatitis/Red itchy skin .