A Lupus rash is often accompanied by dry skin. Here are some suggestion to help ease the suffering.
You’re scratching all over and then look down at your arms and your legs: you realize that you look a little like a reptile. When your skin is dry, you can expect rough, flaky patches that can make you go crazy when they start to itch. Dry skin usually occurs in places like your arms, elbows, legs and knees, and on your back and stomach.
Why does this happen?
Dry skin is the result of a lack of moisture in your skin. You can help prevent dry skin by doing the following.
Use moisturizers. Some people prefer lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids. These acids are derived from milk, fruit or sugarcane and work to remove dry crusty skin, as well as moisturize. People with sensitive skin can experience burning or stinging, and may not be able to use them.
There are numerous things that you can do to solve this common problem, including:
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Use a non-scented, thick cream. The best time to do this is right after you get out of the shower or bath. Apply the moisture to your damp skin. This will help keep in the moisture before it evaporates.
Some people like to use the following, instead of a regular moisturizer: Baby oil, Petroleum Jelly.
Note that products with oil can cause pimples if you tend to get acne (acne is usually associated with oily skin, but people with dry skin can get it too). If you want a moisturizer that won’t cause pimples, look for the word “non-comedogenic.”
If moisturizing doesn’t seem to work, or if you have excessively dry, scaly skin, persistent, uncomfortable itching or skin that cracks open and bleeds, go see a health care provider. You may have another skin condition known as eczema or psoriasis.
While in esthetics school, one of my educators had amazing, always glowing skin. I asked her if there is anything extra she uses, she said “Rose Water”. I bet you threw out the bouquet of roses you got after valentine’s day..not good. Rose is the gift that keeps giving. Besides its pleasant aroma, rose water benefits DRY SKIN as a moisturizer and SENSITIVE SKIN as an anti-inflammatory and soothing agent. More especially, Rose Water works well as an antioxidant that helps keeps “free radicals” at bay. So let’s make our own Rose Water toner.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Fresh roses(preferably not sprayed with pesticides). Go to an organic store), a pot, distilled water, a brick, a stainless steel or ceramic bowl and some ice. If you can’t make it to an organic store, be sure to wash the roses after plucking it from the stem to get rid of any chemicals. The goal is to keep this as pure and natural as possible.
You can actually find rose water toner in the store, but most are not pure rose water. They either have witch hazel or glycerine or something else to help preserve it. But for the purposes of keeping this pure, we’ll use only the items listed above.
Next, place the brick in the pot and the rose petals around it. Pour in enough(not too much) distilled water to slightly cover the petals. Place the bowl on the brick, cover the pot with the lid inverted, and let boil for a few minutes. Then place some ice in the center of the upside down lid.
The water collected in the bowl is your Rose Water. At this point, the smell of your house and the water will be all “rosy”.
Let it cool off, and pour into a labeled bottle. As you can see, I have a small spray bottle as well that will make it easier for me to use every day after I cleanse my face morning and night.
You can store this in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. If you don’t want to keep this all natural, you can add witch hazel and six drops of glycerin.
Now go give your skin a glow you never knew it had!