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 Herbal Medicine: Dry Skin 
Water is an important component of skin, and it is well designed to retain its natural moisture through the protective outer layer, oil secretion, and replenishment from the blood stream. However, under some conditions in some people, these mechanisms can be overcome-- artificially heated and dried winter air, winds, rubbing, harsh soaps and chemicals are some examples of such conditions.

The primary symptoms of dry skin are whitish scaling and cracking, and itching. Onset in early winter is common in northern climates. The lower legs and hands are often involved, and the dryness may occur in round patches or more diffusely. The elderly are more susceptible due to a lower baseline moisture content in the first place.

Occasionally an underactive thyroid can cause dry skin. This should be considered, particularly if other symptoms are also present.


Preventive: keeping heating temperature settings as low as possible, humidifying the winter air indoors, avoiding undue exposure to wind and cold, wearing gloves when necessary, avoidance of water immersion such as dishwashing without gloves, bathing at only moderate intervals, no more often then every 2 days.

Therapeutic: The application of water-attracting oils and lotions can be very useful, especially when done immediately after soaking and before evaporative drying has occurred. Petrolatum, lanolin and urea are examples of such substances. Used regularly such treatments can resolve or prevent most cases.

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David Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMHWhilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it......more
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