Have any of you had this problem before and any suggestions on how to help? I should mention that I have tried flaxseeds and peanut and tree nut allergies makes it so that I can't add nuts to my diet.
Any thoughts, similar experiences, or suggestions? *It would be greatly appreciated!
A few things to consider; are you staying hydrated? Water is a major factor in skin problems. Have you seen a doctor? Have you tried supplements? I take one with Lutein for my eyes, because they tend to itch a lot without it.
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I definitely stay hydrated as that is always a concern in Arizona, and I have been in Arizona for several years with no previous issues. It's an area I have questioned, but increasing my water intake hasn't helped. As for supplements, I take flaxseed, a multi vitamin, b12, and zinc.
I always wonder about people who say they "love" animals, but continue to eat meat. If that's your idea of love, I question what sort of twisted world view you must have.
There are a lot of soaps that I just can't use. I just bought a new soap yesterday, that I used just once, and it felt like it instantly shrank the skin on my hands. I'll be giving that one away.
I know you said you already tried lotions, but there's one lotion in particular that I want you to try. Ever notice how lotions seem to hang out on the surface of your skin, but never really soak in? If you covered yourself in lotion, and then rinsed it all off in the shower, would your skin be moisturized? For most lotions, the answer is "no." BUT... Please please, promise me that you'll try Giovanni lotion.
The Giovanni lotions are vegan, and they quickly soak into your skin, AND they STAY in your skin!!! Here's an example: I hate slimy hands. I can actually rub this lotion into my hands, wait 30 seconds, and rinse the lotion down the drain, and my hands will be totally moisturized.
For your lips... Wash your lips (to remove any chapstick and dry them out as much as possible for absorption). Rub a little bt of Giovanni lotion on them, and wait 10-30 seconds. Wash your lips again, and apply your normal chapstick. Your lips will feel so bizarre and soft!!! Try it!!!
Anyways, like me, you'll learn what works and what doesn't through trial and error. You'll find soaps you like and don't like, and hopefully you'll give Giovanni lotions a go. They are a bit pricey, but if you suffer from dry skin they are worth every single penny!!! I can find them at Target, Walmart, Online, and at vitamin stores and health food shops. Here's what they look like: http://www.giovannicosmetics.net/sub...&Model=LOTIONS
For without it, we would be lost.
I know that you take a flax supplement, but that isn't enough fat in general. For all I know, you could have a massively fatty diet, but many vegans don't. You also need fat to process the nutrients in your food. 10% of your caloric intake is "supposed" to be the minimum. I shoot for 20-25% b/c that is enough to keep my skin and hair healthy. I was eating less, but my lips were ALWAYS chapped. Since I bumped it up, my lips haven't been chapped once.
One thing I have considered is that I likely consume less fat now than when I first went vegan as I used to eat more in general and had fun trying new items. After about six months of playing around and trying vegan ice creams and other foods, the novelty wore off and I now eat more fruits, veggies, and the same meals each week.
I will start there with adding some healthy fats and then move through other suggestions if that doesn't help. Thank you!
Just logged in to say that i've been vegan for a month now and have observed significant increase in skin dryness. Face, scalp, and other body areas prone to dryness like my neck. Other people's suggestions are good, but if you want to check whether it is your diet that's causing it, try some Omega-3 supplements. Not just flax-seeds.. try a supplement with some decent quantities in it. That's what i'm trying at the moment, see it if works.
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All the best.
I know it sounds really basic, but make sure you don't eat any spicy food. It's hot and dries you out. Also, don't drink too much coffee (it dehydrates you), try to drink light green teen or (prferably) mint tea. Also, make sure your stress is under control, that can cause a lot many problems, even skin problems.
Look at the huge Lysine amount in animal foods and then compare it to plant-based foods, basically only legumes (and to a lesser extent nuts) have much Lysine.