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Happy to say that my rash is 99% gone, with just some dry patches on my legs now. I'm SO glad that I had PRREZE cream to help get rid of it within a month and a half, but I wanted to share with you another secret weapon that I think REALLY helped my skin once the rash faded but it was still very dry and flaky:
Raw Shea Butter. This stuff is GOLD--literally and figuratively! If you can find it at your local health food store or supermarket, buy it. But only the raw kind that is golden-yellow like butter. White Shea Butter has been processed and had a lot of vitamins removed. That stuff won't do you much good as a moisturizer. But raw Shea Butter can be used to treat skin rashes, acne, stretch marks, and even dark spots on the skin. It's super-moisturizing, totally organic, and smells kind of nutty if you don't mind that sort of thing.
As you may have noticed with post-rash skin, it's hard for skin to remember how to stay soft and smooth for a while! Dry skin isn't pleasant, and I decided to help my skin heal while also repairing the moisture barrier so I didn't have so many dry patches all over. I did a little research and, in addition to the Vitamin E cream I was already using (Vit E is your friend when it comes to skincare, too!) I decided to buy some SB because it sounded like it could treat pretty much any kind of minor skin problem. Why not, I thought?
I got a good-sized tub of it from my local co-op and began using it all over at least three times a day--I needed to use it that many times, because my skin was so dry. It's been three weeks and my skin is finally remaining smooth with only one application, usually in the evenings before bed. Mornings I use my Vit E cream, which absorbs much faster and isn't as greasy as this stuff tends to be (tip: Less is more!) But the reason I think so highly of Shea Butter is because of how great my FACE looks now!
I have pretty normal, balanced skin, prone to only a few pimples when it's PMS time. I'd been using a moisturizer with sunscreen, ignoring how it made the skin on my forehead kind of bumpy cause hey, gotta have sunscreen this time of year! Well, after I got PR on my face and my skin got rough and bumpy in other places, I stopped using the sunscreen moisturizer and switched to the shea butter, figuring it couldn't hurt. WOW did I see a difference after a week! My face was smoother, softer, more even-toned, and those bumps? Gone. I looked like I was wearing foundation (which I don't use or even own, LOL. :D )
(The PR on my face went away, strangely enough, after I started taking antibiotic eyedrops to treat a case of conjuctivitis. Or maybe it was after I put more PRREZE cream on the spots. I think the SB did help a little but it didn't get rid of the PR.)
In any case, I highly recommend shea butter to restore your skin to its' softer state once your PR is gone! If you have oily/combination skin, using SB on your face might not work so well, but if not, doesn't hurt to try! Now that my face is rash-free, I use it once a week after a face mask as a treat. My skin loves it!
So 10/10 for Shea Butter!
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