View Full Version : Extremely dry skin?
12-26-2005, 05:49 PM
When I first went raw over 3 months ago my skin looked fabulous and felt so smooth and nice.
Now in the last few weeks my skin all over my body is itchy and dry. What is really bothering me, though, is my face. My cheeks and forehead are so dry that the skin is all flaky. It feels like my skin is burning there too. It isn't red just dry and flaky.
One of my elbows also has bumps all over it that itch like crazy.
I was wondering if any of you have had problems like this or know why this could be happening now.
Hmmm... Are you drinking enough water?
12-26-2005, 06:01 PM
Yep, I drink tons of water!
12-26-2005, 06:16 PM
What do you mean by "tons"? You can also oversaturate the kidneys so they can't so their job. What is your food program like? Are you eating enough fats? what's the weather like where you are? Do you eat a lot of dried fruits?
12-26-2005, 06:26 PM
What has your diet been like? when did you become raw? have you changed anything in your diet the past few months?
It could be a sign of detox, or a deficiency. Maybe we can help you figure it out with more info.
12-26-2005, 07:34 PM
I used to have those itchy bumps on the ellbows from extremely dry skin. Until you figure out what might cause this, I would use extra virgin olive oil instead of commercial lotion with all kinds of chemicals in it. That is the only thing I let on my skin ever since I became tired of all the crap they put in our cosmetics and it works well. Don't worry, it is not going to make your clothes greasy, it is absorbs quickly and leaves a very pleasant smell. I even use it on my face.
12-26-2005, 08:26 PM
did you go off raw after that first attempt?
anyway, i got the itchy bumps the frist time around. my opinion,definately when it comes to "ithces" there is some toxic material surfacig out our trying to circulate out.
make sure you have a healthy gut lining so toxins and poinson cannot leak into the blood stream.
be aware of which foods make you feel better and alleviate symptoms.
having healthy bowels?
Exercise for blood flow
treat yourself to skin brushing and detox baths
how 'bout a nice ginger/apple/cucumber juice to rejuvenation,cleansing and cooling to your system.
12-26-2005, 08:43 PM
Winter time always makes my skin dryer but I also read an article the other day that I interpreted to say that when are body starts to heal on the inside that some of the energy is diverted from the skin and muscles to work on healing internal organs. I know they are talking about muscle energy BUT he also metions the skin.
From this article:http://chetday.com/symptoms.html
"During the initial stage (lasting about ten days on the average to several weeks in others), the vital energies which are usually in the periphery or external part of the body such as the muscles and skin, begin to move to the vital internal organs and start reconstruction. This shunting of much of the power to the internal region produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles, which the mind interprets as some weakness."
BTW... I just did a liver cleanse which has you drinking olive oil... and today my skin is not as dry as it was. So give yourself more time to heal, make sure you are not letting your fat intake get to low. PLUS I soak coconut oil baths too when I get extra dry, that always helps.
12-26-2005, 09:23 PM
I ate a McDougall style vegan diet for almost 8 years until I went raw over 3 months ago during my recent pregnancy. So, I ate a very clean, good diet. No sugar, salt, etc...
I went raw over the course of a couple of weeks and didn't feel like I detoxed much at all.
A typical day of eating for me is:
carrot juice, sometimes with celery and spinach
sprouted buckwheat with pear and banana and flax
huge salad with 1/2 avocado and lots of veggies
couple of apples
couple of bananas
another big salad like earlier
either a smoothie or buckwheat with fruit like before
I also have been eating the blueberry truffles daily (walnuts, dates and blueberries) or raw brownies I made which are made mostly of sprouted almonds, sesame seeds and dates.
I wasn't eating very much in the way of fats until the last few weeks. I don't know if that is part of the problem or not.
I am not excessive with my water intake but I feel it right away if I start to get dehydrated. Also, I am nursing right now and need even more water than normal.
I live in a very dry climate. I usually have dry skin during the winter but I don't usually have my skin peeling on my face like it is. It feels so rough right now.
So, what do you all think?
12-26-2005, 10:10 PM
just wondering, were you raw throughout the entire time of your pregnancy? and if so, did you get any stretch marks?
I had really dry skin for a few weeks & had & still have occassionally the itchies.
I am also newly 100% raw (over a month less than 2)
I started to take a tablespoon of coconut oil twice a day and since then my skin has felt so smooth. Smoother than I can ever remember. I'm not sure if its the oil intake (not doing anything different with my diet) or if its just my natural progression with being raw. However my soft skin started the day after I started taking the oil. The first day I broke out, my hair got really oily but after that first day my skin has been nice & just very smooth.
I havn't increased my water or lowered my other fat intake, just added the coconut oil on an empty stomach twice a day.
12-26-2005, 11:34 PM
Where do you live?
I live in Florida and this is our dry season. I work outside and my face looks chapped sometimes but it's not flakey - just kind of red. I had a weird episode, a few months ago(before I was raw), where the skin on my left forearm itched like the dickens! It would itch but not be red or swollen. I'd scratch it and THEN the bumps would show up. I couldn't help but scracth more. Then, they'd get red, swollen, and bleed. I have scars from it. The really strange thing is, is that two other people I work with had the same thing and both on the forearm and only one forearm.
It is strange though. We didn't ask one another about it until we noticed the similar itching pattern or scars on the other.
All three of us thought it could be nerves. But why in the same place?
We're all fine now,
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