I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I am a woman who suffers from itchy skin. Not just the occasional sensation of something being uncomfortable, but skin crawling, feels-like-things-are-running-up-and-down-my-body types of itches.
As far as scratching goes, I’ve even resorted to stripping down to my underwear on a sea grass rug and writhing around like a happy puppy. Regular moisturizers only provide momentary relief.
A few years ago I finally saw a dermatologist and was told that I have excessively dry skin. The doctor and I started going through my skin care routine and I said something that gave him pause, “I don’t know why this is such a big deal. I heal cuts and bruises faster than anyone I know.”
“What do you mean by that?” he asked.
I explained that ever since I was a small child, I’d always had insane regenerative aspects to my skin. If I cut myself, a scab forms in mere minutes, with complete healing a day or so away. Bruises from violent falls lasted about a day; incisions from surgeries are completely healed days ahead of schedule. (My wisdom teeth sockets clotted and healed in a week.)
He asked me about exfoliation and I told him that my face felt scaly constantly. I was always scratching away dead skin. I also told him that, for some strange reason, the women in my family have “twin” symptoms. My aunt, who should have been a twin, grew two complete sets of teeth. My mother has grown enough hair on her head for more than one person her entire life.
After a skin sample and some tests, he came back with the diagnosis: it appears that I create skin on an almost mutative level. I regenerate whole new layers about every 10 days (the average person generates new skin about every 27 days), and if I don’t exfoliate forehead to feet every couple of days, the layer underneath gets agitated, leaving the dead dermal layer on top to dry out, which can cause atopic dermatitis, or eczema.
Did I mention I'm also allergic to dust, pollen, and animal dander?
I walked away from the dermatologist office with some pamphlets on eczema and a rather interesting tip, “Dry brushing is your friend, and you should invest in a lotion that has a high percentage of lactic acid to help your skin naturally exfoliate. It’ll also hydrate your skin, which will keep the issues at bay.”
The doc gave me a prescription for lactic acid lotion, instructions to purchase allergy tablets (the antihistamines block the allergic reactions from environmental factors), and one word: AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion.
I started applying the lotion the minute I left the drugstore, right there on the sidewalk. It gave instant relief--the sort of calming and soothing that I hadn’t experienced in the longest time. No more vicious scratching, no more dry skin. Sweet relief was mine at last.
My routine now is pretty simple, and if you have dry, irritated skin, I might suggest the same. Twice a week, I dry brush on the bathroom rug, take a shower with a fragrance-free, all-natural shower lotion (I’m a huge fan of Desert Essence), and then I slather myself from the neck down with AmLactin.
Even if you’re just dealing with summer skin dryness, this lotion is THE BEST THING EVER. The lactic acid naturally causes your skin to turn over and locks in hydration while helping to boost skin’s ability to retain said moisture.
AmLactin makes other genius solutions as well. Crazy peeling feet? Slather on AmLactin Foot Cream and throw on some socks. Got a dry skin situation even worse than mine? Check out my beloved winter solution, AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream. Just be sure to clear using it with more serious conditions with your doctor first. You can’t be too careful.
Being comfortable in your own skin can mean a lot of different things, but for those of us who suffer from uncontrollably itchy skin, this lotion is a godsend. AmLactin, never leave me.
Do you have dry, itchy skin? How do you deal? Let’s chat about all nature of skin irritations below.
One thing I've noticed recently is that when I eat food that’s played around in the GMO universe, my itchy skin gets OUT OF CONTROL. I’m really interested to know if this happens to anyone else.