I suffer with agrophobia and havent been outside in 3 mths. My skin has become so dry and flaky, what can i do?

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I'm a 38 yr old and I suffer with agoraphobia and haven't left the house in 3 months. Since then I've noticed my skin has become really dry and flaky. So severe that I'm having to ex foliate daily moisturise several times a day . Also my scalp is dry I've used all the speciality shampoos on the market but it just seems to get worse. I was told I may be deficient in Vitamin d and have been taking vitamin d capsules daily for 4 weeks and even they do not seem to be helping. What do I do next??????

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    Sorry to hear this Alan.

    When I had my operation and I was stuck inside for a month my legs became very dry and flakey.

    I bought some shower gel called Sanex for dry skin which I found helped. Also I used moisturiser after I dried which was prescribed by the doctor called "double base". You could bath "oilatium" too which you can buy at the pharmacy.

    Try drinking plenty of water ur body could be dehydrated.

    Your best bet is to telephone your doctor have a chat with them and see what they suggest as you may have eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis or something.

    Try and get out in ur garden for a little fresh air. let ur body breath...

    Good luck Alan!

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    Thank you Bimbo.

    I forgot to mention its mainly my face and scalp. When I say dry I mean it looks like I'm peeling. and have the worst dandruff ever.

    I have thought about contacting my Gp, but he is not the most sympathetic man.

    Again Thank you .

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    Ok. There is a medicated shampoo called T/gel (I think) or maybe head and shoulders?

    If it's that bad id most probably use the Sanex for both as it's non perfumed and it rehydrates ur skin.

    Yes, I have the same problem with my doctor.!

    I'll keep an eye out for other products if I see any I'll let u know.

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    cool Hi Alan you should try NIZORAL shampoo, you can wash your hair in it and also your face. lather in and lleave on for few minutes, as it sounds like its like it could be a bit of a fungal infection. You dont need a prescription for this, and can buy it over the counter from the pharmacy section in Boots etc

    Also sounds like it could be vit D deficiency (the body produces this naturally when you get sunlight on your skin) but here in UK alot of people are infact deficient. Also look at taking vit E which is also beneficial for the skin and ensure to eat avocados, natural nuts, olive oil, fish etc

    hope this helps, good luck

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    Hi Alan, you're having a rough time of things at the moment and I'm sorry to hear that. I assume you have been to see your GP?

    Some of these shampoos are very drying and can cause the itching. I am a big fan of Nivea. My daughter buys me their shampoo when she is in France. They do a shower gel for men, which you could use for hair washing. I have been using their new product which is an in shower moisturiser. You put it on your body after washing, then rinse off. I find it is great. I also use their creams on my hands and legs and face.

    I am allergic to formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, which are found in a lot of products. [Simple, for example, has formaldehyde releasers in it and also The Sanctuary products use them too]

    Have you spoken to anyone about your agoraphobia? Have a look at the NHS website, it might help.

    Good luck Alan

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    Thank you all for your ideas.

    Like I said I've used all the specialist shampoos you can buy over the counter, to no avail :-(

    I have a cpn who is aware of my agoraphobia and other mental illness's.

    I currently use nivea cream for my face,, but again it doesn't help, ive used oilatum, e45, aqueous etc.

    It seems that its got to be a visit to the gp that's if i can bare to step outside. Again Thank you so much.

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    I have been using O'Keeffe's Working hands hand cream, body lotion and foot cream. I'm also a diabetic. Amazing and it truly does work. I go as far as my small covered patio in my back yard, which is fenced. One of my "safe" places. Try it. Good luck.


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