Since childhood, I had been bothering by a skin condition called ichthyosis. For those who don’t know what ichthyosis is, it is a fish scale-like, dry, flaky inherited skin condition due to the new skin cells regenerate in a rate that is faster than the normal, and the old skin cells are unable to shed off in a speed that is as fast as the new cells. The legs show the scales most prominently, but it can be apparent on the arms, chest, back and even the face in severe cases. If either your mother or father has the illness, there is a 50 percent of chance that you will get it. And once you get it, you will have it for the entire life.
It was a very painful experience to me. Other kids liked to make fun of me for having “old skin”. The skin on my fingers crack easily, and it was painful to even just hold a pen in my hand. Sometimes, patches of eczema would just appear out of nowhere and left me emotionally frustrated and exhausted from scratching my skin intensely every single minute in addition to the constant rough, dry, flaky skin I had to deal with. Sometimes, it got so bad that I had to cry my aunt Morley to bring me to see a doctor. And then I would bring home some magic cream from the doctor’s clinic and couldn’t wait to apply it onto my skin. Often the next day, the inflammation would subside and then by the next following day, those red patches would totally disappear. Later on, I found out the magic cream that the doctor prescribed was a type of steroid cream. One day, my aunt bought a new cream at a local market for me (I’ve forgotten the name of the cream, but I’m pretty sure it’s steroid). To my surprise, it worked on my problematic skin as magically as the one that the doctor prescribed. So from then onwards, I got so addicted to those steroid creams that I ensured my aunt had them stocked in the house for me 365 days.
However, although my eczema problem was resolving as I grew older, my dry, flaky, scaly skin condition still persisted. Every time when I looked at those flakes on my arms and shins and those sheds that stuck on my clothes (especially when I wore dark coloured clothing), I felt so embarrassed. I had tried literally all the products in the market, especially products for dry skin—olive oil, vitamin E oil, petroleum jelly, natural plant-or nut-based lotions, expensive branded creams—you name it. While some of them made my skin feeling smooth and cut down the dry flakes, NONE of them actually diminished the flakes and scales on my skin. Believe it or not, I even tried to use a blunt knife to scrape away those annoying flakes! It was just so exhausting. I hated my skin, and I always wore long jeans or pants to try to cover up my insecurity and that awful pair of legs. All these years I dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into this bottomless marketing trick hole only to find that I got disappointed again and again. Maybe I should just give up trying and accept this cruel fate…
And then—I found my cure! :D
Of course, the “cure” that I mean here is not the complete alteration of genes (you can’t change your genes, just so you know), but the total disappearance of those flaky scales. And all these magic products that I’m using don’t even add up to fifty dollars, and they last for more than three months! Note that I don’t work for these companies nor am I their spokesperson. I don’t get paid for it or whatsoever. I recommend them because these products really work. My intention is to use this chance to share my success with those who are also suffering the same skin condition as mine and hope that these products work for you as well.
I first got to know this brand when I was shopping at Sephora. It was just another try-luck day, I was screening through all the products on the shelves trying to see whether I could find something new to tackle my dry skin. And then I saw these bright pink packaging. I picked them up and read the humorous labels trying to find out what so great about them. To my surprise, I was Instantly attracted by thee! So I bought a body scrub called Flake Away by Soap & Glory home. Flake Away contains sea salt, grape seed oil, and almond oil. The first time after using it, my skin was instantly 10 times smoother and softer! It retains the water during the shower, and after padding dry, a rich layer of moisture is left on my skin—so rich that applying body oil on the next step is actually a redundancy! I am no longer flaky. Even after a week, my skin is still soft and smooth.
Of course, this wouldn’t happen without the help of another miraculous product–Alpha Hydroxy Lotion by Dermal Therapy. Everyone who has dry flaky skin must have this lotion! I apply this lotion every morning and every time after shower in conjunction with Flake Away body scrub, which I use every 4th day. The powerful ingredients in this lotion are alpha hydroxy acids and urea. Alpha hydroxy acids remove the dead skin cells and reveal new, more elastic skin; therefore, they improve wrinkling, rough, pigment skin. Urea, on the other hand, locks the moisture in the epidermis and keeps the skin moisturized. After one week of using Alpha Hydroxy Lotion, I could feel the difference of my skin: The scales were obviously fading. After three weeks, the scales were gone. Completely. No joke honey! :D
Here’s the summary of my solution to dry, flaky, scaly skin is:
1. Use a body shampoo that causes less irritation to the skin., even just a cheap one. However, one important note—NO SOAP! And avoid body cleansers that have antibacterial properties. It will only make your already problematic skin worse.
2. Use a body brush or face towel to rub your body every time during the shower. It helps to remove dead skin cells and improve the lymph circulation.
3. Use Flake Away by Soap & Glory twice a week. If your condition is very serious, consider to increase the frequency of scrubbing your body to 3 – 4 times a week. You can find Soap & Glory products at Sephora.
4. Apply Alpha Hydroxy Lotion by Dermal Therapy every morning and after shower or when necessary. You can go to its website.
Of course, in addition to that, drinking lots of water and taking multivitamin-mineral supplement every day contribute so much to maintaining a healthy skin as well. Water hydrates and replenishes the skin while vitamin A, C, and E activate powerful antioxidants to protect the skin.
There you go. I’m passing my secret on to you here. Take it or leave it, it’s your call. But if you, like me, have been unfortunately “blessed” with flaky skin and have been spending tons of money on a table full of insufficient products, my question to you is: If you are really committed to improving the appearance of your skin, do you have anything to lose by trying out a solution that only costs you fifty bucks and really works? :)