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Do you have any questions around itchy, dry skin and want to know how to relieve it? Ask dermatologist Paula Oliver - £300 voucher to be won

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LucyBGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 18-Feb-20 10:18:14

Suffering from either dry or itchy skin (or both) can be really difficult, especially if you aren’t sure of the triggers, remedies or what products to buy vs what you should steer clear of. Plus with so much information on skin out there it can be tricky to know where to look! Which is why Balneum would love you to ask all your dry, itchy skin questions to dermatologist Paula Oliver.

Here’s what Balneum have to say: “Balneum dry skin and itch relief Lotion helps to relieve itchy, dry skin, leaving skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. Created from soothing active ingredients such as urea and laureth-6.5, our dry skin and itch relief Lotion reduces irritation and locks moisture back into the skin. Easily absorbed, it’s proven to relieve the itch and is suitable for use with eczema and psoriasis prone skin. Balneum dry skin and itch relief Lotion has also just won the first ever Gransnet Rated!”

Here is a bit about Paula: “Paula qualified as a nurse in 1979 at The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital and has worked for many years in secondary care, as well as in primary care as a District Nurse. In 1994 her career pathway moved her into dermatology and Paula became the lead Clinical Nurse Specialist in a busy dermatology OPD and developed many nurse led initiatives. More recently Paula worked for Galderma (UK) Ltd a pharmaceutical company dedicated to dermatology and managed and led the UK nursing team for Galderma. This successful role entailed delivering education to HCPs on general dermatology, skin cancer and photodynamic therapy. Paula has recently moved into an independent consultancy role in Dermatology to deliver education, service development and clinical care. She has published several articles relating to dermatological conditions and has completed a Diploma in Nursing, BSc (Hons) in Professional Practice, Master of Science in Clinical Studies and Education at the University of Brighton and is an Independent Nurse Prescriber. She is currently an active member of the British Dermatology Nursing Group.”

Do you have any questions for Paula? Do you want to know more about selecting the right product to relieve itchy, dry skin? Do you have a specific skin condition you would like advice about? Would you like to know how best to use their product?

Whatever your questions around dry and itchy skin, post them below and we will choose 10 in total for Balneum to answer. Everyone who posts their questions will be entered into a prize draw where one GNer will win a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!
GNHQ

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NotSpaghetti Tue 18-Feb-20 13:06:34

I would like to know what is the best shower product to remove chlorine after swimming please? This leaves my husband itchy and we have tried a number of products.
Thank you.

Nannan2 Tue 18-Feb-20 13:12:07

Have you tried the Sea&swim from Boots? Its very good& gentle enough to use even for children.

Nannan2 Tue 18-Feb-20 13:16:25

I wondered about a cream/ lotion for psoriasis? Gps were allowed to prescribe Alveeno for a bit but dont think they can now as its expensive,but a lot of the ones they are allowed to prescribe are thick emollients and too greasy/ heavy for me,or theyre ones you wash off after use and so not always convenient.

NotSpaghetti Tue 18-Feb-20 13:20:00

Yes Nannan2.
We have.
Psoriasis wise I think Exorex lotion is the best for me (not the cream) but I do use it as a treatment not a moisturiser.
It's on prescription or over the counter.

Carol1948 Tue 18-Feb-20 15:41:34

What is the best cream for the dry skin on my back

blowininthewind Tue 18-Feb-20 15:45:17

I suffer from psoriasis, which flares up when I'm stressed, and I know when the rash appears, I'm in for at least 3 weeks of embarrassment, is there any other way (other than sunlight which we don't have at the moment) to speed up the healing process flare up.

Silvergran59 Tue 18-Feb-20 15:49:09

I had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my forehead, and use a concealers and a high spf moisturiser, what is the product you'd recommend for moisturising mature skin and protecting from further sun damage - or is the damage already being done - from being a sun worshipper in the 80's using very little sunscreen.

3nanny6 Tue 18-Feb-20 15:49:15

I have very sore eczema mainly on my hands, I have one spot in particular that never seems to get relief although I use a cream from the doctor and also use Cetraben cream and still this keeps flaring up. I use washing up gloves and am careful with all harsh chemicals so do not know why this is still cracked and sore.

Maggiemaybe Tue 18-Feb-20 15:53:05

I'm sure research is ongoing to find a cure for eczema, which affects so many people. Do you think there is any realistic chance that one may be found in the future or are we just going to have to keep on trying to find the one cream that helps our particular case, and avoid triggers if we've identified them?

lillyofthevalley Tue 18-Feb-20 15:54:13

Hello Paula, I suffer from keratosis pilaris, it really affects my confidence, I use an expensive moisturising foundation to cover and moistures, is it better to use 2 separate creams, (specific cream and covering foundation) if so what is best to relieve my symptoms , I've had it with differing severity for 17 years not - I'm 58

ottypotty Tue 18-Feb-20 15:58:32

I work as a HCA, and suffer from contact dermatitis from all the cleaning I do for my job, I wear plastic gloves when cleaning and have to use the hand gels when leaving and entering the wards, is a barrier cream worth trying - does it work - can you recommend one ?

Rabbit Tue 18-Feb-20 16:02:40

Which vitamins deficiency causes dry skin?

thisisnotme Tue 18-Feb-20 16:05:34

At risk of sounding pedantic, the title thread is misleading.

Paula is not a dermatologist- she has no medical qualifications.
She is a very well qualified nurse as explained in the blurb.

My understanding is that only those with a medical degree and the relevant training and accreditation can use the term dermatologist

NotSpaghetti Tue 18-Feb-20 17:35:25

Yes, she is a Nurse Prescriber and an active member of the British Dermatology Nursing Group

JuliaM Tue 18-Feb-20 17:51:05

Hi, I’m suffering with type 2 Diabetes that is insulin controlled and due to Arthritis in my hip and knee joints l spend a lot of time sitting down which results in pressure sores on the backs of my legs. My district nurse has tried using Conotrane crime, which healed it a bit but did not cure it. My GP had since prescribed oral antibiotics, steroid creme, and even Canesten creme, which did give some relief from the itching but still left the area dry with fine cracks in the skin and sore. What else could l try please? I have been suffering with this for over a year now, even tried using the Gel type dressings on the broken areas, and it’s starting to get my down, l find that anything but the softest of natural fibre fabrics make it much worse.

Seakay Tue 18-Feb-20 19:22:43

I have what I think of as underlying itchiness all the time - if I scratch then I itch and scratch a lot but as long as I'm very careful with fabrics next to the skin I'm keeping it just about under control. Is there anything I could take or use which would alleviate this?

Kenver60 Tue 18-Feb-20 19:53:37

My question is what is the reason for my dry itchy shins . This is only a problem in the winter , tights or any items of fitted clothing aggravates them more . Floppy trousers are all I can wear .

sylwright Tue 18-Feb-20 21:59:31

I've only recently started to use moisturiser on my arms and legs after bathing, but it is still fairly dry. Would I be better using a body serum instead of standard body lotion?

lucyanne Wed 19-Feb-20 11:12:43

My feet are a problem that doesn't seem to be explainable by doctors. I do not get hard skin but my feet are cold. Every few months my feet peel like a snake in one piece. The complete skin from ankles to toes peel looking as if I am wearing red socks! It is so embarrassing. Prescribed creams keep my skin body moisturised but do not solve the problem of repeated feet peeling. Any suggestions greatly received.

Mitchypop Wed 19-Feb-20 13:41:14

My husband has developed what looks like psoriasis on his face. It comes and goes, and it seems like stress triggers it. Is this a possible reason for it have started?

glammanana Wed 19-Feb-20 14:27:45

I do use Balneum cream on a regular basis after being chosen to take part in the trial with GN but even though I rub in any residue into my hands when using the backs of my hands are always itchy specially in between my fingers a sort of athletes foot in reverse hmm do you have any suggestions please.

Holidayenthusiast Wed 19-Feb-20 16:37:22

My son has eczema that flares up all over his body. Is Balneum recommended for this condition?

Conniewonnie Wed 19-Feb-20 18:56:49

How many times a day do I need to be moisturizing my body please. I do suffer from dry, itchy, flaky skin - especially the tops of my arms, which can become bumpy as well. Thanks in advance for your advice.

phoenix Wed 19-Feb-20 19:29:44

This is perhaps a bit too personal, but here goes! One of my GPs, when I described my symptoms, decided it was lichen sclerosis, without even looking.

This was quite some while ago. The treatment prescribed had no effect, so he referred me to the dermatology department at the hospital. They decided it was vulval eczema.

Fast forward a few years, and this damn thing raises its head from time to time. sad

Recent GP appointment, still no examination, but decided to prescribe Dermovate, to be used twice daily.

1 week in, no improvement.

I appreciate that looking at a 61 year old vulva might not be top of any GP's wish list, but is it too much to ask that they steel themselves and take a bloody look rather than just prescribing stronger steroid creams! angry