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Extremely dry skin

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Since surgery my skin has been feeling extra dry and itchy. I have heard from others that this can be a common issue after surgery from all the changes our body is going through. I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this and if so what product(s) did you use? I have tried the Vaseline brand lotion, as well as Jergens brand and neither of those seem to be doing the trick. Tia for any help.

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I have a minor obsession with lotion (And for that matter blowing my nose, which means every room of my house has tissues, next to a bottle of lotion, my husband laughs at me, and makes jokes like "Thankfully you are not a teenage boy"..). I use lotion all of the time, all day long, after showers, when I wake up, after I wash my face. I have found that Vaseline leaves a residue, and so here are the lotions I use all of the time : 

Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing lotion https://smile.amazon.com/Aveeno-Daily-Moisturizing-Lotion-Fl/dp/B001459IEE/

BioOil - https://smile.amazon.com/Bio-Oil-Scars-Stretch-Uneven-Dehydrated/dp/B00NFFZOPI

Nuxe Creme Fraiche - This is expensive, but oh my gosh it's the best - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NUXE-Creme-Fraiche-de-Beaute-LGT-24HR-Soothing-Moisturizing-Emulsion-1-7oz-Allur

Shea Moisture - Body Lotion with Frankincense and Myrrh  - https://smile.amazon.com/SheaMoisture-Shea-Butter-Frankincense-Extract/dp/B00B3A0D4O/ (They make other lotion with different ingredients, this one and the African Black Soap one smell the best to me, and they are the thickest. I found that the Coconut one was really watery) 

 

Ren Body Cream is fantastic but again, really expensive. As is Rodial Stem Cell lotion. BioOil is an oil, but it's made for scar repair, and it really soaks in quickly. Additionally, just flat out Olive Oil that you buy from the store will moisturize your skin, and stay on you. I wash my face with Olive Oil probably twice a week. 

 

 

 

 

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In addition to using lotion, you may find that taking biotin will help your dry skin (as well as your hair).

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It's a pretty common problem post-op but just about any topical cream, lotion or oil (I like almond oil on damp skin) will help relieve the symptoms of dry skin but personally, I found it better to include good fats in my diet.

Try adding some good fats to your diet.  

Fish, nuts, bit of EVOO, flax seed, avocado etc. etc.  I was diagnosed with macular degeneration post-WLS (nothing to do with my WLS - it's age related) and was told to take Mega EFA® Omega-3 EPA & DHA Fish Oil capsules.  A good side effect was that it helped my excessively dry, itchy skin (and creaky joints) a lot.  I take this one:  http://www.vitacost.com/vitacost-mega-efa-omega-3-epa-dha-fish-oil-2100-mg-240-softgels-3?csrc=GPF-PA-Vitamins %26 Supplements-835003005017&ci_gpa=pla_with_promotion&ci_kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=835003005017&csrc=GPF-PA&mtp=s2bw45Xk0-dc|pcrid|97670541853|product|835003005017&gclid=Cj0KEQiAv4jDBRCC1IvzqqDnkYYBEiQA89utonhWaBfUMhhARew8TWOBNwx3hqKdqgNB748c2u2EeVgaAqXF8P8HAQ

For those who are too early post-WLS, Coromega Omega-3 Fish Oil squeeze sachets are great - I love all the flavours.

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I take biotin daily. My hands were starting to flake. Lotion alone didn't help but now I'm doing better.

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Biotin (vitamin H or B7), is a part of the vitamin B complex.  I take biotin but restrict it to a lower dose 3 times a week because although it's great for skin, hair, and nails, metabolize fats and carbohydrates, it can cause an increased growth in facial and body hair.

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On 3/13/2017 at 1:55 PM, Zyia said:

I have a minor obsession with lotion (And for that matter blowing my nose, which means every room of my house has tissues, next to a bottle of lotion, my husband laughs at me, and makes jokes like "Thankfully you are not a teenage boy"..). I use lotion all of the time, all day long, after showers, when I wake up, after I wash my face. I have found that Vaseline leaves a residue, and so here are the lotions I use all of the time : 

Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing lotion https://smile.amazon.com/Aveeno-Daily-Moisturizing-Lotion-Fl/dp/B001459IEE/

BioOil - https://smile.amazon.com/Bio-Oil-Scars-Stretch-Uneven-Dehydrated/dp/B00NFFZOPI

Nuxe Creme Fraiche - This is expensive, but oh my gosh it's the best - http://www.ebay.com/itm/NUXE-Creme-Fraiche-de-Beaute-LGT-24HR-Soothing-Moisturizing-Emulsion-1-7oz-Allur

Shea Moisture - Body Lotion with Frankincense and Myrrh  - https://smile.amazon.com/SheaMoisture-Shea-Butter-Frankincense-Extract/dp/B00B3A0D4O/ (They make other lotion with different ingredients, this one and the African Black Soap one smell the best to me, and they are the thickest. I found that the Coconut one was really watery) 

 

Ren Body Cream is fantastic but again, really expensive. As is Rodial Stem Cell lotion. BioOil is an oil, but it's made for scar repair, and it really soaks in quickly. Additionally, just flat out Olive Oil that you buy from the store will moisturize your skin, and stay on you. I wash my face with Olive Oil probably twice a week. 

 

 

 

 

Coconut oil straight from the jar. Cold pressed is best not the cooking kind. I find it at Ross for under 5 dollars and it lasts me a year that's using it weekly on my hair too. Stopped my hair from falling out. Coconut oil is so good for so many things......

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A friend's dermatologist told her to walk past all the expensive alternatives and just buy liquid paraffin. She swears by it now.

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Oh my gosh my skin can get so dry.  When it does I do an old fashion dry brushing, just make sure you use a body brush with natural bristles, you can Google how its done.

 

  This is how I personally do it.  I dry brush my whole body, remove all dead skin cells so it takes about 15 minutes to really do a good job. Then jump in the shower and do all your shower things. Turn off the shower , but dont dry off.  Take some coconut oil and smear it all over your wet body, then lightly pat yourself dry.  Or an alternative to this which I also to is use a skin firming lotion.

 

  The thing is, if you have dry skin cells sitting there on top of your skin, the lotion / oil have a hard time penetrating deep into your skin. By removing those pesky dry skin cells it allow a deep moisture.

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