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kcrobin 05-07-2006 10:31 PM

been vegan for about a year and veg for 6 months before that. the last 4-5 months my skins been REALLY dry, splotchy just awful. i think i take in a moderate amount of good oils. any hypothesis'? suggestions?

LadyFaile 05-08-2006 12:29 AM

drinking enough water? have your thyroid tested lately? change soap or shower gel recently? make sure you rinse really well in the shower and use a light moisturizer while still damp, drink lots of water. if it's still bothering you talk to your doctor, do a blood test for thyroid function and whatever else he/she thinks they should check for.

if you think it's oil related go pick up a bottle of Udo's oil. the guy at the supplement store near me swears by it. i tried it and didn't like the taste straight from the bottle but you can mix it with food as long as you don't add it during cooking or to really hot food. apparantly it's good on salad

they also have chocolate bars now that are so good. they're called Baja bars and are in the fridge section in health food/supplement stores. the dark chocolate and dark orange chocolate are vegan, i think the others have dairy. really very good though, i'm considering buying a case

Lothar M Kirsch 05-08-2006 11:09 AM

I agree with LadyFaile. If your oil/fats don't include enough omega-3 (n-3)fatty acids, it might be a reason for your skin problem and you would go better with Udo's oil, which is designed for optimum ration of n-3 to n-6 fatty acids. If you're drained of n-3 flaxseed oil would also be a good option.

animallover44 05-09-2006 04:44 PM

if your face is dry try a relaxing mud mask (not tested on animals of course)

MZCsmpsns 05-09-2006 08:13 PM

You could be over washing. Maybe for your face try washing w/a cleanser at night, and in the mornings just splash your face w/warm water, then cool water, and use a moisturizer as much as you need to, and for your body maybe take cooler showers and use body wash every other day and just rinse it really well the others. Or just try different kinds of cleansers/body washes/moisturizers/lotions. If it's super bad and nothing seems to help it i'd go to a dermatologist.

kcrobin 05-10-2006 09:53 AM

thanks all

organica 05-14-2006 06:17 AM

Originally Posted by animallover44 View Post

if your face is dry try a relaxing mud mask (not tested on animals of course)

I wouldn't. Clay is drying. that's for oily/congested skin, not dry/blotchy.

I would recommend Udo's Oil for oral use, plus a good moisturizer from a company that avoids common irritants. Aubrey Organics does a lovely Rosa Mosqueta one for dry skin with irritation. Weleda's Almond line is also great.

Wash your face with a natural cream cleanser too, not soap.

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