Relief For Dry, Burning Skin
Q: My skin gets so dry that it actually burns and cracks. I use lotion, but that only works until I wash it off, and not very well at that! Do you have any recommendations?
Dr. Wright: The solution for painfully dry skin is as simple as adding more essential fatty acids to your diet and supplement programs.
Essential-fatty-acid supplementation for adult skin health starts with a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The best single oil for this purpose presently available is flaxseed oil; however, there are many balanced blends of omega-3/omega-6 EFAs also available. How much should you use? Quantities can vary from 1 to 2 tablespoons (in a very few cases, 3 tablespoons) daily. To figure out whether your dry skin is due to a higher requirement for EFAs, it's wisest to start by taking 2 tablespoons daily and observing any changes over six to eight weeks. After that time, if your skin is less dry, the quantity can be adjusted accordingly.
Essential-fatty-acid supplements should always be accompanied by vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols, 400 to 800 IU daily. In a very few cases, EFAs aren't nearly as effective without a small quantity (2-5 milligrams daily) of biotin. What is...biotin?
Biotin is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins. It is essential to the breakdown of carbohydrates and fat. Foods high in biotin include nuts and green leafy vegetables.
About the author
Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
As of today, Dr. Wright has received over 35,000 patient visits at his now-famous Tahoma Clinic in Washington State.
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