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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I'm stationed in Afghanistan, but my problem is that I have very dry skin. I do put on body lotion every day but that does not seem to help or work.
Is there any supplement/vitamin or anything that I can take to help with this.
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hallo
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please >
User :   Male 32 years
Doctor :   ok sure i can guide you in what you can do
Doctor :   It is vain to apply costly cosmetics to cure dry skin because they are not safe for you skin
Doctor :   Eat nutritional foods rich in minerals and proteins and vitamins. dry skin can be recovered by making some changes in your diet like eating vitamin rich foods usually found in eggs, fish, and cream nuts, rice, carrots, mushrooms, legumes, peas, soybeans, spinach, oranges, tomatoes, sprouts, almond, cauliflower and various other green vegetables and fruits.
Doctor :   Take a half tablespoon of honey and mix it with 1-2 tablespoon of rose water. Apply on face, neck, and other dry skin area. This is natural and safe. This mixture cleans the skin, tones it, and makes it glowing.
Doctor :   Take one teaspoon lime juice and one teaspoon avocado, mix it well and apply on face and let it dry for 10-20 minutes, it will clean the skin and remove dry skin
Doctor :   Dry skin has no permanent cure but the skin can be softened and made smoother by using a few remedies. Most popularly, lotions and creams are used to soothe the dry skin. Using a mild soap or a cleansing body wash might eliminate the problem temporarily. However, this option can turn out to be pretty expensive if the skin is genetically dry or just exceptionally dry. Certain remedies can be used to soften the dry skin right at home.
Doctor :   A diet consisting of a lot of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E can be taken for an inner glow in the skin. Leafy vegetables help the most in replenishing the moisture in the skin. The water intake needs to increase a lot to help the body have the required amount of fluids. Fruit juices are also considered to be very helpful in softening the skin.
Doctor :   Drink lots of water. It helps to keep your body hydrated and can alleviate dry skin to a great extent. Eight to ten glasses is the minimum quantity, but ideally you should drink much more than that.
Doctor :   Baby lotion is one of the best moisturizing lotions that you can use on your skin. Moisturizing lotions for adults often contain other chemicals that may actually make your skin drier.
User :   We are eating a balanced diet here, we all eat from a canteen that is run by a company called Dyncorp. I do not have the luxury of lime jiuce and advocado. I take a lot of fluids as well.
Doctor :   The soap that you use may be responsible for your dry skin. Switch to natural soaps that do not contain any harmful chemicals. Doing so can really make a big difference to your dry skin problem.
User :   So you would suggest getting some baby lotion. And If I get some vitamen suplements with Vit a, B and E that would help as well.
Doctor :   yes do use baby lotion
Doctor :   not the one for adults
Doctor :   you will start seeing the changes in a week
User :   The body wash I use is St Ives, I used Axe, but that dried my skin out, i always look for something that says it wount dry out the skin.
Doctor :   use a mild soap like dove
User :   Can you reccomend a specific baby lotion...
Doctor :   If you're a smoker, quit. Smoking is really bad for your skin
Doctor :   alcohol and caffeine can make the skin dry make sure you restrict that
User :   I do have dove that I wash my face with, but my face is one of the worst parts of my body. No alcohol is allowed as we do military work, and i rarely drink coffee
Doctor :   most important i will suggest you that when ever you so go out in the field make sure you have your face covered
User :   I do smoke, and believe me I'm trying to quit, but that is the hardest part.
Doctor :   i know its tough to quit and if you can get a nicotine patch that will help you
Doctor :   every night before going to bed apply the lotion
User :   Will do, so you reccomend getting baby lotion. And if I get a supplement with Vit A,B & E. Will that help as well
Doctor :   yes thats for sure
User :   I do put on the lotion every night after I showered and in the mornings.
Doctor :   and dont forget lots of water esp where you are at the moment , as the weather is dry there
User :   I thank you for your time and help. have a wonderful day and enjot thanks giving tomorrow.
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   you take care of yoru self
User :   HAve a wonderful day
Doctor :   glad i was able to guide you
User :   Thank You
Doctor :   thank you
Doctor :   bye bye
User :   Bye
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