Successes Using Ultra Balm for Psoriasis

“I live in Decatur Illinois and found your Ultra Balm at a Home & Garden Show there. I’ve had a bad case of Psoriasis for over 20 years.

Before ULTRA BALM I think I tried everything, from Perscription drugs, invasive injections to numerous alternative medicine treatments but none ever gave me the relief that Ultra-Balm has. At first I was very hesitant to buy it because of all the past product failures I’d experienced.

I am so glad I gave it one last chance! I put my ULTRA-BALM on daily and my skin is no longer cracked and dry, no longer itches, and the soreness I used to have is GONE! I want everyone to experience the success I’ve had with Ultra Balm and encourage anyone with a severe skin problem to just TRY ULTRA-BALM, especially if you’ve tried a lot of other solutions that have failed! You will really be amazed at the results!”

G. Nordholm, Housewife
Decatur, IL

“I was instructed by my Doctor to apple ULTRA BALM to the scars on my hand after surgery to reduce their appearance. I started to rub some into the psoriasis on my knees and elbows (you know, the nasty, thick, flakey skin that sheds like dandruff!) The results were unbelievable! The stuff cleared it up to the point that it no longer looks like it ever existed! Great product!!!! P.S. Absorption appears best when applied right after a daily shower.”

R. Kopler
Patient

“I have found your product to be a blessing. I have been suffering with psoriasis on my hands and feet, and that medicine that my doctor was prescribing for me was too strong, therefore making it worse.

Since I discovered Ultra Balm, the condition of my hands and feet has greatly improved, and the dry, chapped skin is being replaced by healthy smooth skin.

My co-workers at the Tool & Die Company have been so impressed with your product that they have urged me to order ULTRA-BALM for them. That’s why I placed a multiple order.”

S.K.
Machinist

“I have had psoriasis for 20 years and have tried virtually everything to treat it with, both prescriptions and over the counter creams. But nothing has ever worked, but Ultra Balm. I no longer have Psoriasis on my elbows, palms, feet, or torso, thanks to ULTRA-BALM. You can add this to the many things that it cures. I am a walking talking advertisement for Ultra-Balm. I love it!”

L. Honig
Dentist

Psoriasis Medicine

Psoriasis is a chronic skin and scalp condition which varies in severity from small red, itchy, scaly patches to full body coverage. It can affect skin on any part of the body, including genitals, scalp, fingernails and toenails.

Psoriasis Treatments

Topical treatments are often used in the beginning if the condition is mild. However they take time to apply, can stain clothing and may irritate normal skin. Some have an odor. If one withdraws from topical agents, such as corticosteroids, there can be a dramatic rebound of the condition.

Many sufferers opt for medicines, taken internally. The following are some commonly used medications:

Methotrexate is effective in controlling psoriasis, not eliminating it. It slows the prolific growth of skin cells while it suppresses the immune system. It has the danger, however, of being highly toxic, with sometimes life threatening side effects. To insure it is not harming the patient, blood count and liver function tests are suggested one week after the initial dose and each time the dose is increased. It is recommended for very severe forms of psoriasis.

Cyclosporine, also an immunosupressant drug, is useful in accomplishing speedy, short term control of psoriasis. It however, has the potential of creating drug reactions when used with other drugs. It also can elevate blood pressure and interfere with kidney function.

Acitretin, (an oral retinoid) is effective in controlling pustular psoriasis (raised pustules surrounded by red skin). It would seem the safest and at first seem natural as it relates to Vitamin A; however it is a synthetic. It should be taken in small does to minimize retinoid side effects, and liver dysfunction should be tested for. Two or three years after discontinuing treatment it can have adverse effects on child bearing.

Biologics are manufactured proteins that interrupt specific aspects of the immune process involved in psoriasis. This type of drug is relatively new and is expensive. Their long term effect on the immune system is unknown, though may not be has harmful as other immune suppressant drugs such as Methotrexate, because it does not effect the whole immune system.

XP – 828L A Canadian life science and technology company has developed a new oral medication called XP – 828L extracted from whey by a patented process. It is supposed to be effective and safe for mild to moderate psoriasis.

Other Medications. Though not sanctioned by many other countries, fumaric acid esters have been used in Germany for over 20 years to treat psoriasis. There are other drugs used, but not exclusively for psoriasis, such as sulfasalazine and antimetabolite tioguanine. The cytotoxic (“cell-toxic”) agent hydroxyurea, and the immunosupressants mycophenolate mofetil, azathioprine and oral tacrolimus have also been used.

History. Historically, psoriasis treatments have been bizarre as well as toxic– cat feces on lesions in ancient Egypt; other ancients used semen and goose oil, soup made from venomous snakes, as well as concoctions of urine and wasp droppings. In the 18th and 19th, Fowler’s solution which contained arsenic was used; Xrays were used during the mid 1900’s.

Still needed are the insistence, the discovery and use of safe treatments for this all too common skin disease.

Ultrabalm, while it is not medicine, but rather a soothing, healthful skin cream relief that combines Vitamin A, D & E with Lanolin and the finest in Aloe Vera, fits the safe criteria. For more information on these ingredients CLICK HERE. Ultra Balm brings general overall lubrication and health to skin tissues and has been found to be helpful to many psoriasis sufferers.

Here is what some of our Ultra Balm users say about how Ultra Balm has helped them with this chronic skin condition:

“I live in Decatur Illinois and found your Ultra-Balm at a Home & Garden Show there. I’ve had a bad case of Psoriasis for over 20 years. Before Ultra Balm I think I tried everything, from Prescription drugs, invasive injections to numerous alternative medicine treatments but none ever gave me the relief that Ultra Balm has. At first I was very hesitant to buy it because of all the past product failures I’d experienced. I am so glad I gave it one last chance! I put my Ultra Balm on daily and my skin is no longer cracked and dry, no longer itches, and the soreness I used to have is GONE! I want everyone to experience the success I’ve had with Ultra Balm and encourage anyone with a severe skin problem to just TRY IT, especially if they’ve tried a lot of other solutions that have failed! They will really be amazed at the results”!

G. Nordholm, Housewife, Decatur Illinois

“I have found your product to be a blessing. I have been suffering with psoriasis on my hands and feet, and the medicine that my doctor was prescribing for me was too strong, therefore making it worse. Since I discovered Ultra Balm, the condition of my hands and feet has greatly improved, and the dry, chapped skin is being replaced by healthy smooth skin. My coworkers at the Tool & Die Company that I work for have been so impressed with results of your product that they have urged me to order Ultra Balm for them too. That’s why I placed a multiple order.

S.K., Machinist

Psoriasis Treatment

The guiding word for psoriasis treatment is control, rather than cure. There is currently no known cure for psoriasis. It is an uncomfortable, itchy, sometimes painful condition, often socially embarrassing. Treatment can help but it won’t go away entirely.

There are several types of treatment. In using any of them, it is a good idea to have the goal of reducing the psoriasis to a manageable level, rather than clearing it up completely. Taking medications and other treatments to the maximum level increase the chances for side effects. Taking into account the many types of psoriasis, its severity and your personality type, choose the type of treatment that works best for you with the least side effects.

Psoriasis Treatments

Topical treatments. Topical means they go on top of the psoriasis. Some are centuries old, like coal tar, used today in shampoos for mild cases of scalp psoriasis. Another old one used for scalp psoriasis is Anthralin which comes as an ointment or solution to relieve inflammation and itching. Calcipotriene is a man-made form of vitamin D3 (the vitamin from sunlight); Salicyclic acid acts as a “scale lifter,” and Tazarotene is a prescription Vitamin A derivative for plaque psoriasis, the most common form. One can also get steroids or “corticosteroids,” but note that the over the counter versions tend to be weak and ineffective.

Light treatments or Phototherapy expose your skin to carefully measured amounts of ultraviolet light (UV) These treatments, usually done by a dermatologist, are good for moderate to severe forms of psoriasis. A type of UV treatment is PUVA which combines UV with a photosensitizing agent taken internally or as a bath. The agent makes it possible to use lesser amounts of UV light. There is also laser phototherapy, which administers high-intensity ultraviolet to precise skin areas.

Systemic treatments, like the name suggests, go into the system and affect the system, in other words, the whole body. They are usually used for more severe forms of psoriasis. Systemic treatments are drugs, taken by pill or injection, some of which have serious side effects on the liver and kidneys as well as causing birth defects and anemia. Many effect the immune system–Methotrexate and Cyclosporine are immunosupressant drugs. Oral retinoids are derived from Vitamin A.

Biologics are newer on the horizon. They are manufactured proteins that interrupt specific aspects of the immune system having to do with psoriasis. They at this time are very expensive and not widely used.

Treatment For Psoriasis

Natural therapies are successful for some. Since psoriasis is stress related, mind-body therapies that include rest, healthy diet, exercise, relaxation, sunlight, fresh air and water have been known to help. In spas in Turkey and Croatia, a certain type of fish are encouraged to feed on psoriatic skin of clients. One of the best known places where this is done also has a hot spring, which contributes to the treatment.

Some say bathing in sea water is beneficial. Because of the multitude of minerals and life forms found in sea water, it is difficult to know just what is helping.

Natural Psoriasis Remedies

Another natural remedy is Oil of Oregano, and there are probably several other herbal remedies.

Ultrabalm is a soothing, healthful skin cream relief that combines Vitamin A, D & E with Lanolin and the finest in Aloe Vera. For more information on these ingredients CLICK HERE. Ultra Balm brings general overall lubrication and health to skin tissues and has been found to be helpful to many psoriasis sufferers.

Here are a few of the many stories from our Ultra Balm users:

“I was instructed by my doctor to apply Ultra Balm to the scars on my hand after surgery to reduce their appearance. I started to rub some into the psoriasis on my knees and elbows (you know, the nasty, thick, flakey skin that sheds like dandruff!) The results were unbelievable! The stuff cleared it up to the point that it no longer looks like it ever existed! Great product!!!! P.S. Absorption appears best when applied right after a daily shower.”

.Kopler, Patient

“I have psoriasis. This is wonderful stuff. It instantly stops the itching and your skin feels so much better.”

Judy S.,Long beach, CA

“I just had to write you and tell you how wonderful Ultra Balm is. I have had psoriasis for 20 years and have tried virtually everything to treat it with, both prescriptions and over the counter creams. But nothing has ever worked, but Ultra Balm. I no longer have Psoriasis on my elbows, palms, feet, or torso, thanks to this product. You can add this to the many things it handles. I am a walking talking advertisement for Ultra Balm. I love it”.

L. Honig, Dentist

Know The Symptoms Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis has a long history going back to the Old Testament, where it was included with skin conditions called “tzaraat.” Later it was confused with leprosy. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that dermatologists began to differentiate psoriasis from other skin conditions. Even today, psoriasis can be confused with various forms of dermatitis. While it is good to know the symptoms, a diagnosis by a professional is recommended. There are no special blood tests for the affliction, but often a skin biopsy, or scraping, is needed to clearly determine the type and severity. A biopsy can pinpoint bleeding from skin below the lesions, a clear sign of psoriasis.

Psoriasis More Condition Symptoms

There are many types of psoriasis, each with slightly different symptoms:

Plaque psoriasis is the most common type, effecting 80-90% of those who have psoriasis. It manifests as patches of raised, inflamed skin, covered with silvery white scales, which give it its name, “plaque.” from a Dutch word meaning “patch.” The word psoriasis comes from the Greek word meaning “to have the itch.”

Pustular psoriasis manifests as bumps filled with pus, surrounded by red skin. The pus is not infectious. The pustules are commonly on the hands and feet but may occur all over the body.

Flexural psoriasis manifests as smooth red lesions in skin folds, such as between the thigh and genitals, under the breasts or armpits, even under a beer belly or bulging abdomen. Because these areas receive friction and sweat, they are also vulnerable to fungus infections.

Guttate psoriasis manifests as a multitude of tiny, oval red spots over large areas of the body.

Nail psoriasis causes etched lines across the nail plate, pitting, loosening and crumbling of the nails. It causes thickening and discoloring of the skin under the nails.

Scalp psoriasis manifests as red lesions covered with scale. It can be mild, with slight, fine scaling or severe with thick scale over the entire scalp, causing hair loss. It can extend beyond the hairline, onto the forehead, ears and back of the neck. Sometimes the scalp is the only area that is affected by psoriasis, but most often people with scalp psoriasis have it on other parts of their body as well. Click here for more information on scalp psoriasis.

Psoriatic arthritis manifests as joint and connective tissue inflammation, most commonly in the fingers and toes. The fingers and toes swell like sausages. It can also effect knees, spine–any joint.

Erythrodermic psoriasis is psoriasis in an extreme state and can be fatal. Symptoms include widespread inflammation and exfoliation of the skin, severe itching, pain and swelling. Erythrodermic psoriasis can occur as a “rebound” from abrupt withdrawal of some drugs used for psoriasis treatment. Skin is vital to regulate the body’s temperature. It also serves as a barrier to toxic elements and bacteria. Heavy peeling or exfoliation removes this vital barrier and body temperature control, thus endangering life.

If psoriasis is spreading throughout your body, in addition to contacting a medical practitioner we suggest you try our over-the-counter Ultra Balm. We are always amazed by the number of calls we receive from psoriasis sufferers who have been unsuccessful with many prescription drugs and creams and who claim that Ultra Balm gives them the most relief of anything they’ve ever tried and is far less expensive as well.

Scalp Psoriasis

At least half the people who have psoriasis have scalp psoriasis. However, one can have scalp psoriasis without having psoriasis on any other part of the body.

It can be mild; it can be severe. Red lesions and scale appear, as skin cells multiply too fast. Mild means slight fine scaling over small areas; severe means thick crusts develop over the whole scalp, along with hair loss.

Scalp Psoriasis Condition Symptoms

A sign that you have scalp psoriasis is the appearance of dead skin flakes appearing on your clothes. When you scratch, flakes tumble to your shoulders.

Scalp psoriasis is often difficult to differentiate from seborrheic dermatitis, though the scales of psoriasis appear drier and thicker and people with psoriasis usually have it on other parts of their body. A skin biopsy will make it easier to differentiate between the two disorders.

Scalp Psoriasis Treatments

Like all forms of psoriasis, there is yet no cure. It can be controlled through various forms of treatment. Washing your hair daily is recommended, as well as exposure to direct sunlight. However, avoid sunburn.

Shampoos that contain tar are effective; but they can discolor light colored hair. Medicated shampoos also may help.

There are various topical agents your doctor may prescribe to rub into the scalp. Ointments and creams are heavy and hard to apply. They can be “greasy” and difficult to wash out, so lotions, solutions and gels are more generally used.

Topical corticosteroid gels work quickly, often within a week or two, however, with long-term use, the scalp can become resistant or impervious to steroids and other agents. If so, warm olive oil may help. Rub it onto the scalp; wrap your head in a towel for about 30 minutes. Then once again, wash the hair and rub in the lotion or gel.

Ultra Balm has also been used successfully in the relief of scalp psoriasis. It can easily be rubbed into the scalp, with no grease residue and is easy to wash out. You can read some of the many successes psoriasis sufferers have had with Ultra Balm.

Luckily, scalp psoriasis is not contagious.

It’s all in your head. Psoriasis fosters many emotional issues, such as low self esteem and lack of confidence. People with psoriasis can feel isolated or even choose to be isolated, for they are embarrassed about their condition. They tend to feel there is something wrong with them, rather than just something wrong with the body. The very unpredictable nature of the disease can put one on an emotional roller coaster. Or is it that an emotional roller coaster or other stress can exasperate the condition– a “Catch 22 situation?”

The International Psoriasis Foundation tries to address these issues. Their site mentions online support groups and forums where people help one another.

While it is true that scalp psoriasis is literally and by location, “all in the head,” it certainly is not an illusion. Scalp psoriasis and any psoriasis is something to confront and find the best means possible to alleviate it.

It is not contagious, but it lasts a lifetime. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, creates raised red lesions or patches surrounded by silvery white dead skin scales, commonly referred to as scale.

Psoriasis

What is Psoriasis?

What is psoriasis? It is a disease of the skin and joints. According to National Institutes of Health, some 5.8 to 7.5 million Americans, 2-3% of the world’s population, are afflicted with this disease.

It is not contagious, but it lasts a lifetime. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, creates raised red lesions or patches surrounded by silvery white dead skin scales, commonly referred to as scale.

Psoriasis – More Condition Symptoms

It itches, it burns. It can hurt. It may cause the skin to crack and bleed. Sufferers may be unable to sleep at night. Pain, especially when it affects the joints, can make work difficult.

Patches can occur anywhere on the body–arms, legs, knees, scalp or even genital areas! Knees and elbows are the most common. Use this link to find more information on scalp psoriasis.

Sometimes it is very mild, and one needs a doctor or skin specialist to tell if he or she has it. It can get so severe that lesions cover the whole body and hospitalization is required. It affects men and women equally. If tends to occur between ages 16-22; then another peak is ages 57-60. It is more prevalent in Caucasians (2.5 %) than African Americans (1.3%).

It is not particular who it affects. Many luminaries from Joseph Stalin to the famous American novelist John Updike, have been infected with it. So was the 21 year old, CariDee English, America’s Next Top Model® 2006 and spokesperson for the National Psoriasis Foundation, as well as Jerry Mathers, actor in Leave it to Beaver.

Psoriasis’ name comes from the Greek word, “psora,” which means to itch. It may have been the skin condition called Tzaraat in the Bible, and later was thought to be a form of leprosy. In 1841 a Viennese dermatologist, Erdinanan von Hebra, gave psoriasis its name.

Guttate – Plaque – Pustular – Erythrodermic Psoriasis

There are several types of psoriasis. Plaque psoriasis is the most common form, affecting some 80% of psoriasis sufferers. With Plaque psoriasis the areas affected are circular or oval in shape; they are red and covered with silvery scales.

Here’s how you can recognize the other types: Guttate– small red skin spots; Inverse–occurs in armpits, groin and skin folds; Pustular–white blisters surrounded by red skin; Erythrodermic– large areas of intense redness.

Various factors are thought to “trigger” psoriasis: reactions to some drugs, emotional stress, skin injury and certain infections. Psoriasis may occur in areas where there has been injury to the skin, including vaccinations, sunburns and scratches. Certain medications are associated with triggering and/or worsening psoriasis. The psychiatric drug, Lithium, has been associated with triggering psoriasis as has antimalarials, Inderal, a high blood medication; Quinidine, a heart medication, and the arthritis medication, Indomethacin. Allergies, diet, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, even dry weather, though not proven, are thought to trigger psoriasis.

 

Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis causes joint inflammation for about 10-15% of people; called psoriatic arthritis.

Having psoriasis can affect its victims emotionally. If it occurs on the legs, many adopt “out of sight, out of mind,” wear slacks or jeans, and go on with life. More difficult if it occurs on the arms or face. Many say they suffer from a loss in self confidence and are concerned about the “stigma” attached to it. The National Psoriasis Foundation connects people with support groups. They learn quickly that they are not alone and much is being done to find a cure.

While it is not contagious, it appears to be hereditary. As yet there is no known cure, but there are ways to alleviate some of the pain or discomfort.

Winter Skin Tips

Dry skin is an extremely common skin problem and is often worse during the winter when environmental humidity is low (i.e., “winter itch”). It occurs at all ages and in people with or without other skin problems. This article dfiscusses the causes of dry skin and how to treat and prevent this problem. We hope you find it useful.

What does dry skin look like?

Everyone is familiar to some degree with the appearance of dry skin. The normally fine lines in the skin become more visible, the skin feels rough and appears dull and flaky. In more advanced cases, fish net-like cracks resembling the fine fracture lines of cracked porcelain can occur. Dry skin occurs most commonly on the arms and legs, but can also affect the trunk of the body. Dermatologists often call dry skin “xerosis” or “asteatosis”.

Problems Associated with Dry Skin

Dry skin very commonly produces itching, which can be severe and interfere with sleep and other daily activities. Repeatedly rubbing and scratching can produce areas of thickened, rough skin (lichenification). Dry, thickened skin can crack, especially in areas subject to chronic trauma (e.g., hands and feet), causing painful cracks in the skin (fissures). Dry skin and scratching may result in a dermatitis when the skin becomes red (inflamed) in addition to dry and scaly. Round, scaly, itchy, red patches scattered over the legs, arms and trunk (nummular eczema) may also appear. The appearance of yellow crusts or pus in these areas indicates that a bacterial infection is developing. This would require specific antibiotic therapy from your dermatologist or family physician.

If your skin is very dry, or if you have an associated red dermatitis, it is a good idea to seek the advice of your dermatologist or family physician. Severe dry skin is a feature of certain genetic diseases such as atopic dermatitis and ichthyosis (fish scale-like skin). Additionally, people with hormone imbalances such as underactivity of the thyroid gland can also experience severe skin dryness (there are other changes in the body that accompany dry skin in this setting that helps doctors recognize this problem). On occasion red, dry skin rashes can be confused with other skin problems such as a ringworm infection or allergic contact dermatitis (i.e., a poison oak-like skin rash), which would need different forms of treatment.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Healthy skin can be pictured as a multi-layer cake covered by a single sheet of clear plastic food wrap used to keep it fresh. The plastic food wrap prevents the frosting and underlying layers of the cake from drying out by preventing loss (evaporation) of the water from the cake into the air. It is the moisture in the cake that gives it its freshness. The outermost layer of the skin, which acts like the plastic food wrap and is about the same thickness, is called the stratum corneum. (This is the layer that peels off after a sunburn). The stratum corneum consists of dead skin cells embedded in a mixture of natural oils (lipids) that are made by underlying living skin cells. These natural skin oils keep the water inside our body from escaping into the air and also keep irritating substances and germs from entering the body. Both the dead skin cells and the skin oils hold a certain amount of water in the stratum corneum and it is this stratum corneum water that helps keep the skin soft, pliable and smooth.

Dry skin occurs when there is not enough water in the stratum corneum for it to function properly. One way this can happen is when protective oils in the stratum corneum are lost and the water that is normally present in the skin is allowed to escape. Too much soapy water, exposure to harsh chemicals, the normal aging process and certain types of skin diseases are some of the causes of decreased amounts of protective skin oils. As the stratum corneum dries out it shrinks and, as it shrinks, small cracks can occur. This exposes the underlying living cells to irritating substances and germs in the environment.

Treatment of Dry Skin

An important aspect of treatment is to identify and tackle any factors that may be contributing to the dry skin. It is natural to think that applying water alone to dry skin would help control the problem. However, water alone (especially hot water) can actually increase the problem of dry skin by removing the normal, protective skin oils. Hot, soapy water depletes the natural skin oils to the greatest degree. Anyone who has tried to wash a skillet covered with bacon grease in cold soapy water knows how effective heat is in softening up oils and fats so that they can be washed away. However, water followed by the application of oil such as a moisturizer (also known as an emollient or lubricant) Ultra Balm is of great benefit for dry skin. The Lanolin in Ultra Balm helps trap and seal water in the stratum corneum and makes the skin softer, smoother and less likely to become dry, cracked and itchy.

Attention to proper bathing techniques and liberal use of the most effective moisturizers. You should take a short bath or shower (no more than 10 minutes) only once in a 24 hour period. For adults, showers are generally better than baths. While longer baths or showers, especially in hot water, can be quite relaxing, they will also increase the loss of natural oils from the skin and worsen skin dryness. The bath or shower should be in warm rather than hot water. Soap should be used minimally and only when and where needed (for example, under the arms, the groin and genitals, the feet, and the face). Milder, less drying soaps include Dove, Neutrogena Dry Skin Formula (unscented), Aveeno Cleansing Bar for Dry Skin, Purpose, Basis, and Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin Soap. Cetaphil is a liquid cleanser that works as a gentle and effective soap substitute for some people. It is especially helpful for cleaning the face and hands.

After bathing or showering, quickly and gently pat the skin partially dry with a towel (do not rub!). Within three minutes of getting out of the water apply Ultra Balm to seal the water in the skin before it can evaporate. Ultra Balm should be reapplied liberally during the day and evening when needed especially to those areas prone to dryness (hands, arms, legs) and when itchy.

Treat any red dermatitis (eczematous or ezcema) patches with a topical cortisone (steroid) cream or ointment for a 5 to 15 day course when perscribed. Over-the-counter strength cortisone creams and ointments can occasionally be helpful, but prescription strength products are often required to calm down this type of dermatitis. Make sure you understand where the cortisone cream or ointment is to be applied (only on the red patches unless instructed otherwise) and how often you should apply it (no more than twice daily). When using both a cortisone product and a moisturizer, always use the cortisone first and the moisturizer second.

Be careful about using other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and itch-suppressing creams or lotions. Many of these products contain chemicals that can irritate or cause allergic reactions in dry, dermatitic skin. A good general rule is if anything that you apply to your skin causes more burning and itching than you started with, you should stop using it until you can talk with your doctor about it. Anti-itch products containing pramoxine (e.g., Prax, Pramosone) or menthol and camphor (e.g., Sarna) are generally safe to use. However, these products are not treating the cause of skin dryness, they are only temporarily treating the itching that accompanies skin dryness.

Any way that you can increase the humidity level in the air of your home and workplaces would be advisable. If not already present, you should consider adding a humidifier to the central heating system of your home. If you use a portable humidifier, make sure it is used in your bedroom at night.

Use Ultra Balm for Long Term Control & Prevention of Dry Skin.

Dry skin is usually a long-term problem that recurs often, especially in winter. When you notice your skin beginning to get dry, resume your moisturizing routine with Ultra Balm and avoid the use of harsh soaps. If the itchy, dry, skin rash returns, use both Ultra Balm and any prescription steroid cream or ointment.

Some material for this article was excerpted from the following Internet sites that we consider to be reliable:

http://www.dermnet.org.nz/index.html

https://www.kaiserpermanente.org/toyourhealth/library/skintypes.html

https://my.webmd.com/content/asset/adam_symptoms_dry_skin

The Hidden Cause of Dry Skin Revealed!

THE PH FACTOR!!

First what is “PH”? : It means the “Power” or “Potential” of Hydrogen. The PH scale ranges from 0-14. A PH of 7 is considered neutral (water is neutral), anything over 7 is alkaline. The human body, in its most optimal state, would be alkaline inside but acid outside.

Now let’s talk about this thing called skin PH. What does this mean really?

The human skin, when in great condition, is between 4.5-6.0 on the PH scale. This means that healthy skin is slightly acidic. That is the acid mantel(skin covering). The acid mantel is a film that spreads over the surface of the skin which is sebum (oil), sweat (water), and amino acids, mainly, with other fatty acids. This acid mantel serves a vital purpose; a slightly acidic environment can fight off bacteria, fungus, and pollutants. The acid mantel can also be affected by hormonal changes, and stress causing a breakdown in the PH, but most breakdowns is caused by external factors. When a breakdown occurs in the PH the skin becomes alkaline.

When the skin becomes too alkaline, it can get very dry and irritated. It can no longer properly fight off bacteria which can lead to breakouts. (PH imbalance may be the chief factor in acne). Most cleansers, especially foaming types, are at least 8.0, and most soaps are from 9.0-11 PH. This is shocking!! These cleansers act as assaults on the skin and take 14 hours to normalize, and by that time, you have washed, bathed or showered again! What chance does your skin have to keep itself in good shape and recover with this daily assault? The answer is to keep your skin’s PH at the right levels, so that it can stay healthy, beautiful and soft.

There is nothing wrong with exfoliating your skin, but there is much wrong with harsh chemicals which disrupt your skins acid mantel.

Most people are under the mistaken impression that cleaning the skin with soap will help to alleviate their problem, and better the skin. This could not be further from the truth!

When a skin condition exists, such as eczema, psoriasis, or other breakout, the skin PH all over the body can be affected, and it may be found that the entire surface of the skin has become way too alkaline. It is very important to get this PH back into normal range (4.5-6.0) as quickly as possible.

It is shocking as well, to know that the US has far less PH balanced products on the shelves than other parts of the world, yet our education and technology is far superior. Even though the information on PH is fully known by all major US beauty companies and skincare professionals, the data is not broadly published. This is because most Skincare Products have a High PH, well above 7.0.

The reason for high PH Soaps, Detergents, and Skincare Products in general, is their low costs and ease of manufacture.

How Ultra-Balm Solves…
THE HIGH PH FACTOR!

Unlike other creams on the market Ultra-Balm maintains a PH Level of about a 6.0.

This is why Ultra-Balm hydrates, protects and repairs a variety of dry skin conditions without having a medicine chest stuffed with skin care products and dry skin creams. Its balance of effective ingredients, PH Level and versatile applications truly makes Ultra-Balm the best moisturizer. After all, "ultra" means "going beyond others." Ultra-Balm lives up to its name.

The lanolin in Ultra-Balm acts as an emollient moisturizer, filling-in the minute crevices of the skin to prevent cracking and shedding. It glides on to restore a smooth, soft and resilient quality to the skin. With daily use wrinkles and lines are diminished as Ultra-Balm skin cream replenishes a smooth and silky surface to the skin.

Ultra-Balm also acts as an occlusive moisturizer, slowing down the evaporation of water from the surface of the skin by creating an invisible protective film. This allows the normal barrier function of the skin to be restored, making skin less sensitive and better able to hydrate properly. While this protective layer impedes the invasion of allergens and toxins, Ultra-Balm’s deep penetrating protection keeps water sealed-in the deeper layers of skin. Thus, Ultra-Balm stimulates the ability of the skin to retain moisture and to slow down the effects of aging.

The antioxidants in Ultra-Balm repair and stabilize the skin cells for optimum vitality. Ultra-Balm’s antioxidants, vitamins A, D and E, seek out and repair damaged skin cells and restore health to cells that have been damaged by the sun, pollutants in the environment and the body’s own aging process. Vitamin A Improves skin tone, elasticity and texture by smoothing the surface of the skin. Vitamin E is heals damage to the skin from exposure to the sun and protects against roughness, loss of elasticity, brown spots and has an anti-inflammatory effect. These antioxidants have been carefully added to Ultra-Balm’s balance of skin cream ingredients to obtain the greatest effectiveness possible for the best results.

Aloe is another key ingredient that makes Ultra-Balm a premier dry skin cream. Aloe has been known since ancient times for its healing properties, moisturizing and anti-aging results. Aloe is a deeply soothing and penetrating skin cream ingredient and the perfect complement to the other deeply moisturizing elements of Ultra-Balm. Aloe carries its soothing and healing power into the deepest layers of the skin. The name of the game is moisturizing, and aloe helps to do that while also bringing an ancient healing touch.

There are so many skin care products on the market it can be costly and time consuming to go through trying to find the one that is best for a particular condition. Ultra-Balm has a balance of ingredients with a proven and reliable track record for soothing a wide range of dry skin conditions.

However, the best way to be assured of that is to try it yourself and join the list of happy Ultra-Balm customers.