Posts Tagged ‘lotion’

The Queen of Goop!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

lotionsIt’s winter, the heat’s on, the air is dry and my skin feels like sandpaper.  Ugh!  I can’t stand the itching, so I have become a goopaholic.  Moisturizers, lotions, creams have become my favorite things to tote.  I have lip balm in my pockets and purse, lotions in my bedside table and desk drawer, hand cream in my handbag.  As far as dry skin goes, I’m armed and dangerous!

Many pregnant women have itchy skin (among other skin issues), particularly around the belly and breasts during the second and third trimesters. This happens as the skin stretches to adapt to your body’s growth.  If you fall into that category right now, you may be getting a double whammy of dry skin.  Try slathering on the slippery stuff as often as possible.

I use goop several times a day and it seems to work some.  I have found that no particular product or brand is better than another for me.  I think it’s the repetitive application that helps. Anybody got other suggestions?

Clarcon skin products recalled

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

lotionClarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory is recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants because disease-causing bacteria has been found in the products.

Some of the bacteria can cause infections of the skin and underlying tissues. These infections may need medical or surgical attention and could result in permanent damage.

Because the products are promoted to treat open wounds and damaged skin, the risk of infection may be high. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is telling consumers not to use Clarcon products and to throw away Clarcon products that they own. 

For a complete list of the recalled products, see the FDA news release.

Skin-numbing products: Words of caution

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

cream-thumbOuch! Nobody likes pain, soreness or itching. We want relief, and we want it fast.

Many of us have tried skin-numbing products. We may use them in advance to prevent discomfort. For instance, some women have spread them on the skin before laser hair removal. When used properly, these items work and are safe.

A lot of these products, also called topical anesthetics, are available at the local drug store. For some, you need a prescription. Many of them come in the form of creams, ointments or gels.

These products contain anesthetics such as lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine, and prilocaine. When applied to the skin, these anesthetics can be absorbed into the blood stream and cause health risks.

Because two women died after using skin-numbing products before laser hair removal, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning. Here are the FDA’s recommendations:

* Don’t apply these products over large areas of skin.

* Use the lowest strength and the smallest amount possible.

* Don’t apply skin-numbing products to broken or irritated skin.

* Don’t wrap or cover the treated skin with plastic wrap, bandages or other materials.

* Don’t put a heating pad on the skin that you’ve treated.

Of course, if you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t use any medication (over-the-counter or prescription) without first talking to your health care provider. And if anyone is using a prescription product, read the instructions carefully.

To learn more from the FDA, click here. Note: This warning from the FDA does not apply to products that contain camphor, menthol or arnica.