The skin is overly dry, and there can be a tendency to chafing
There is both a water loss and an oil loss in the skin. This may seem to be a matter of little concern. But it can be a sign of a more serious problem: essential fatty acid deficiency that can result in cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack, etc.)
If you are supplementing with vitamin A, in amounts over 100,000 units daily, dry skin may be the first warning of overdose.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- The solution is not superficial creams, but obtaining enough unsaturated fatty acids in the diet. These would be the uncooked vegetable oils, such as wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil, sesame seed oil, corn oil, and soy oil. The oil should be fairly fresh; never use rancid oil, for it destroys the vitamin E in that meal.
- If you are not taking supplemental vitamin A, begin taking a moderate amount (not over 50,000 units a day). Carrot juice will also help.
- For the chafing, wear cotton clothes; not synthetics. Australian wool (the wool which does not scratch) is also good. Wash new inner clothing before you wear it. This softens the fabric. Do not wear coarse cloth next to the skin.
- Cut out all greases and other saturated fatty acids; and, in their place put a tablespoon of a good oil (wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil, sesame oil, and corn oil) on your food after it is cooked.
- Drink an adequate amount of water. If necessary, gently rub a small amount of oil over your body after the bath. Avoid commercial lotions and saturated fats (greases). These are all absorbed by your body.
- For your shower, rinse off every day with lukewarm water, and use as little soap as possible. Do not use hot water.
- Pour 2 cups of oatmeal, ground to a fine powder, into a bathtub of warm water. Tie some oatmeal in a washcloth and, then, use it as a washcloth. Oatmeal is extremely soothing to the body.
- Use soap which has cocoa butter, coconut oil, or another vegetable oil. They do not clean as well, but are more soothing to the skin.
- Keep the house warmer, and it will not be as dry. Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the house.
- For itchy skin, add vinegar to the bath water, and take 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil daily.
- Helpful herbs include yarrow, violet, and marjoram. Dry brush massage your skin, to tone it up.