Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You Help Me, I Help You

I have dry skin. The most dry skin you've ever come across, particularly on my face. I need a facial moisturizer--one with superpowers, preferably. There are no issues with combination skin, breakouts, or anything but DRY. Dry and flaky. I've been to a dermatologist about it, and he gave it some fancy eczema classification, and gave me some extremely expensive prescription steroid-based stuff, as well as something else that also did not work.

This is ONLY happening on my face and scalp. My face gets so dry that the skin begins to scale, even--how's that for a lovely image? My face is always a different color than the rest of me, with or without makeup. Makeup is a problem, because while I need a foundation to even out the blotchiness, foundation and powder merely serve to exhibit the dry, flaky skin on my face to an extreme extent. Exfoliating works a little, but can't remove all the dry stuff, and causes more redness. HELP ME. If you have a serious facial moisturizer, PLEASE share your find with me. At this point, I don't care if it contains sheep placentas or ground echidna penii; I am DESPERATE.

What do you get in return, you ask? Well, I make sure you're aware that Aaron McGruder's new book, All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present, is out as of today.

I added it to my my own Amazon wish-list, but the chances that I'll be able to stand not buying it for myself before anyone else has a chance to are slim to none. Do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy for yourself and one for a friend. The price is right, and the time is right. Revel in the genius of McGruder. Heck, pick up a copy of A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury while you're at it.

Also, the second season of The Boondocks animated series is finally airing, after a 2-year hiatus...and it is awesome.


  1. Hands Down: Origins Night-a-Mins


    I actually recommend all their products, and, you may try the Modern Friction to get rid of some of the dry skin. I use it - and although my skin is oily, oily, oily, it works fab for scuffing off little bumps (or, pimples, if you prefer). And, if you have an Origins counter (at Macy's here, or we have stores too) I bet they'd give you a sample of it to make sure you like it before you commit.

  2. Due to a side-effect of medication I took in High School for acne, my face gets so dry that it will start cracking if I let it go too long. I have tried every product you can imagine and there is only ONE that I've found which helps to any degree... Philosophy Hope in a Jar. Hopefully it will work magic for you too...

  3. I have the opposite problem... my face is extremely oily so while I might need moisturizer with spf 15, none were right for me. Until I came across Proactiv. I waffled on it for the longest time, because of cost and committment. eBay solved both. Proactiv is the only thing that worked on my skin, so I gotta think that even though you have the opposite problem, they have that figured out too.
    Do the research here
    But then buy it here

  4. Delurking to say I love Philosophy's line. It's a bit pricey but the combo pack is worth it. I use the "normal" skin package but there's a "dry" skin option. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P177317&categoryId=B70
    I have heard that Cetaphil also works wonders. Just slap it on and do NOT wash off. Cheap enough to try first, I guess! ~Keli

  5. I use a combination of stuff for rosacea and sensitive skin, tending to dryness most of the year. I only wash my face with Cetaphil-- only, ever, ever, ever. I use Oil of Olay sensitive lotion and sensitive "Renergist" serum at night. I've also used their richer night cream, but I find it's not that much better than the lotion, and way more expensive.

    My dermatologist actually just told me to use the Eucerin redness-reducing day lotion with sunscreen-- it has licorice root and some other stuff in it, plus a green tint, to reduce the redness and soothe the skin. It's awesome. I know they have more intensive serums and night creams-- maybe worth a try if you've not given it a try so far-- and I think they sell a "sampler kit" that has a little bit of all the product line.

    I use Aquaphor sensitive fragrance free cream (in an enormous vat) in the winter-- my lower legs get nasty scaly for some reason, and it's the only thing that works. It's good for dry dry dry hands, too.

    Good luck!

  6. Several things come to mind. Mega moisturizer cream by Laura Mercier (expensive, but good), vitamin E moisture cream or any body butter (Brazil nut is my fav) from The Body Shop, The Purple Sage (www.thepurplesage.com) a local LR business has some good products. She doesn't make the cream I love anymore, but I'll bet she has some great new ones. Look for her at Holiday House and the AR Craft Guild

  7. I actually have oily skin but when I go to other climates, it gets so dry and chapped that it hurts! I second the nomination for Philosophy products, especially Hope in a Jar and Hope in a Tube. A close second would be the Dermologica brand, which is pricey but worth it.

  8. De-lurking (we're friends on Goodreads) to recommend something. I recently started using a moisturizing lotion by CeraVe. I read about it here: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/bulletin/102507-full.htm#1

    I really like it so far. I picked it up at the Cabot Walgreens for about $13. They also have a creme which may be more what you are looking for.

    Good luck. I hope you find something that works for you.

  9. I highly recommend Arbonne products. My skin has never felt or looked so good!

  10. I began using a product called Skincerity about a month ago and I have to say it's wonderful. It's expensive, and it's a kind of weird roll-on, but it is basically a medical skin coating that was originally developed for skin repair.
    You put it on at night, then scrub/peel it off in the morning. It keeps moisture in your skin as you sleep, and you can apply whatever other products you would normally use before you apply this.

    Just go to google and type in Skincerity - they have a goofy flash video, etc. but if you can get past the marketing it's a good product. It has evened out my skin tone and my face definitely looks younger and smoother.

  11. Move to Canada. (I'm so selfish)

    OR, try Puraderm. My Granny has the same afliction on her scalp (psoriasis?) and I got her this stuff and she said it helped a lot.


    I think it's $3 shipping to just try the product for free. :)

  12. Oh man, I am the queen of dry skin and eczema. For some reason I have not had an eczema outbreak in a while, but it is usually year-round, and bad enough that people comment on it. (Like, "Wow, what's wrong with your face?") Nice. Right now I am just using Aveeno daily moisturizer. The simpler, the better to avoid flare-ups. No fragrances or heavy stuff. And I never use soap on my face. If what your doc gave you really is steroid cream, beware of using that for a long time. Your face gets addicted to it and will break out worse when you stop using it. It also causes thinning of skin after long-term use, especially around the eyes. We use Gold Bond Ultimate Healing lotion on our hands. Good luck! I'm making note of everyone else's suggestions for the coming winter.

  13. I have super dry skin too, and on recommendation from my mother's dermatologist I use Vanicream. Not prescription, but the pharmacist can order for you. Cost effective and wonderful! I switched to it after I purchased some Clinique and my skin freaked out.

  14. I recently bought CeraVe cream for my daughter's eczema, and it is fantastic. Check out the reviews on drugstore.com.

  15. I have a grease spot for a face, so I can't relate to the dry skin.

    However, I know that you can use Curel on your face..so if all the expensive stuff fails, you could try the extra creamy Curel or something.

    Or try Shea Butter - the BEST shea butter is in the Spa Section at Bath and Body works - I used to work there.. it works wonders for ANYTHING.. I would swear by it. Just don't get it in your eyes, as with any other facial product. Seriously..this is THE most moisturizing lotion EVER.

  16. I found you from your comment on FridayPlayDate and wanted to stop by and tell you that I bought Lash Out last night and fell in love with it this morning. THANK YOU!!

    OK, now on to your problem. Ummm, actually, I have no advice. I use Philosophy's Hope in a Bottle. But I don't have dry skin so that means little to you.

    Wow, I took your advice and ran with it without giving a darn thing back. I suck... but not always, really, I swear!

    Happy Halloween!
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  17. Are you sure it's not Rosacea instead of Eczema? My Mom has Rosacea, and has identical symptoms to what you describe. Either way, she uses plain Eucerin to treat it.

  18. Hi Belinda.

    Been right where you are. I have very dry skin with medically induced Rosacea from prescription cream that a doctor prescribed me. My skin was addicted to a low level steroid. I would have constant redness & extremely flaky skin. Sometimes, it was almost like my skin scabbed. I’d try to use powder to cover the flaky & I can’t begin to tell you how horrible it was. It was extremely embarrassing.

    I use Bare Escentuals mineral foundation. On top of dry, scaly, flaky & red, it's EXTREMELY sensitive. Most make-ups actually burn my skin. It took me years to find this foundation/make-up. If you haven’t tried it, I’d highly recommend it.

    As for a skincare, you might want to try MD Formulations. They are owned by Bare Escentuals. I’d recommend the Anti-Redness kit. It’s what I use and it’s gentle enough to really help with the redness, but also provide the exfoliation I need. On their website, you can see what products come in the kit. I have truly seen an improvement in the redness.


  19. Every dry skin girl I know uses Aveeno Ultra Calming on her face (I think that's the name -- it's the one with the pink accents on the packaging.) It's super soothing on conditions like the ones you have, and won't grease you out in response.

    For body, the most healing thing I know of is pure shea butter. You can buy Queen Helene stuff SUPER cheap in any drugstore.

    I use expensive lotiony crap (Hugo Naturals, Cake Beauty, Fresh) but this stuff works so well on dry skin.

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