Very often, lymphedema goes hand in hand with more or less sever skin problems: redness, itching, feeling hot, sensitivity, dryness and flaking, the skin sometimes will get so weak that it will be prone to cracking and through small openings, bacteria and other nasty things can find easy way inside, causing infections, even cellulitis.
Therefore, it is very important for anybody with lymphedema to take extra care for their skin, especially of the effected body part.
However, many of the commonly used prescription or over-the-counter creams and lotions contain harmful ingredients that will further worsen the condition on a long run.
For example, Cetomacrogol has to be labelled as an Irritant, according to GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals), as stated by the Safety data sheet of the product
Do you really want to use an irritant to treat an irritation?
Another one of this kind, treating irritation with a cream that has irritants in the ingredients is the very popular Eucerin: see more about it in my other post Top 7 recommendations for itching skin (and many other skin problems)
So what kind of skin products should you use?
Here is a short educational, fun video about cosmetic products:
In that post, I mention 7 very simple and safe methods for taking care of your skin:
There are of course, many more products from Mother Nature and health and environment conscious manufacturers, various goodies from your kitchen such as olive oil, lemon and a lot more, essential oils, organic soaps, shampoos and so on. I use several of them, whatever I have at hand: olive, apricot kernel, avocado, coconut, wild rose or grape seed oils for my face, hand and decollete, some of them also for my body.
And I love something that might sound strange: a little bit of water with Himalayan salt is great as well, I use it as a tonic and often, I don’t even need to smear anything else on my face or hand.
I chose these seven champions above because they each can be almost a universal solution alone for whatever your skin needs, and in combination, they will make your skin the happiest you can ever dream of. Again, here is the post with more details, and one could go on for hours and hours, pages after pages to share safe skin care and cosmetics tips.
Just one further use of baking soda for instance, is to wash your hand with it: wet your hand, put a little bit of this white powder on it, scrub your hands as when you normally soap them, rinse and voila, your hands are clean and soft.
Aloe vera has countless of known topical uses, since ages – best if you buy or grow a plant and use the fresh juicy bits, apply it to almost everything from cuts and burns, to giving a terrific freshness and glow to your face. Hey, it was even good enough for Cleopatra!
Okay, it is now 2015; here is a breakthrough dermatology and cosmetic product for you: Renu 28 has 50 applications that are known so far, from diminishing wrinkles, age spots and scars, to treating serious eczema and infections, inflammations.