Severe dry skin problem

by Suze
(UK)

Hello Wray

I wrote to you before with a whole host of problems and your natpro cream has been an amazing antidote along with your suggestion to get a Vit D test (I was low) I have been able to address that, too. I can't tell you how bad I was feeling and I seemed to have every menopausal symptom going. Everything is so much better now and I have only been using the cream (every day) for 2.5 months at the rate of one tube of cream per month to give you an idea of my dosage. I was suffering debilitating migraines almost weekly, I only now get the odd mini-migraine 2 in the past 3 months, that I am able to cope with (lasts only a day and not to the same intensity). The reason I am writing to you again though, apart from to say thank you for literally giving me my life back, is to say that I have a new 'symptom' which is incredibly dry skin. Scaly and parchment think - all over my legs, buttocks, arms. What is going on? This has literally happened within 3 months of using the cream which I only ever apply onto my face and I am not suffering from dry skin there. Is this a side effect do you know? Am I doing something wrong? Also, my periods had stopped 5 months ago, I now get a period every 3 weeks which are quite heavy. I'm not complaining about that though as it's nothing compared to my symptoms pre-natpro and from what I've read in other posts of yours, that will settle down. My dry skin is causing me huge concern though and I'm feeling very self conscious, especially as my soft skin was probably my best feature! I'm due to go on holiday in two weeks time (to get my Vit D levels up) and I feel at this stage I would be too self-conscious to put my swim costume on. Any advice or ideas, please Wray? i eat very healthily, don't drink alcohol at all and don't smoke. Kind regards, Suze.

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Apr 20, 2013
Severe dry skin problem
by: Wray

Hi Suze I'm amazed such a low amount, about 70mg/day, has helped you. I'm delighted it has though. I still use about 2.5 to 3 tubes a month. Thank you for listening to me about vitamin D, I do go on about it, but it's so important. I'm beginning to feel I should tell people not to bother with progesterone at all, unless they get their vitamin D levels up. It has a profound influence on it. It could just be having got your level up, it's allowed the 70mg/day to actually have an affect, very interesting! If you do get another Migraine please rub the cream under your ears, all over your neck, face too. And use it every few minutes. Please don't only apply the cream to your face, the skin comprises 90-95% keratinocytes, these have ample progesterone receptors, see here. There's no question it's good for the face, see here. But it's absorbed everywhere, even the hair follicles absorb it, see here. I suggest giving those dry areas a good soaking in progesterone, apply the cream all over. Vitamin D also increases the moisture content of the skin. In fact we're developing a vitamin D cream for just that purpose. One study says "Topical supplementation with cholecalciferol significantly increased measurements of skin moisturization and resulted in improvements in subjective clinical grading of dry skin. Taken together our finding suggest a relationship between serum vitamin D(3) (25(OH)D) levels and hydration of the stratum corneum and further demonstrate the skin moisture benefit from topical application of vitamin D(3)." Plus it inhibits basal cell carcinoma, the most common of all human cancers. I suggest you open a capsule of vitamin D3, mix that with the Natpro and apply that to the dry areas. Let me know if it helps! Take care Wray

Apr 20, 2013
itchy dry skin
by: Tanya

I am suspecting Vit D drop for the recent itching of my skin that has developed, and the increased dryness of my feet. It went from 120 to 57 in three months when I stopped taking it. I am back to 5000 IU a day now, and hoping the itching will go away with it. I thought it might be an oestrogen thing, but it was there before I started natpro. I hadn't thought about rubbing the D on my skin. Interesting!

Apr 22, 2013
itchy dry skin
by: Wray

Hi Tanya How interesting you thought it might be the vitamin D. As I said to Suze it does moisturise the skin, so please experiment for me and mix some with either the Natpro or a skin cream and rub it on the dry areas. I'd be so interested to hear if it helps. Vitamin D does get absorbed via the skin, as that's how it naturally gets into our blood stream. By the action of sunlight striking the cholesterol covering our bare skin, the UVB rays then convert it to vitamin D. Please confirm your vitamin D was done in nmol/L, and not ng/ml. If it was both are low. Specialists are saying the minimum should be 125nmol/L and the less conservative 175-250nmol/L. 5000iu per day is a maintenance dose, if low 10,000iu or more are needed to raise it quickly. Take care Wray

Apr 22, 2013
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by: Tanya

I'd have to rub it on my entire body! But I will see if I can swing a trial.

My last test was ng/ml 25 hydroxy. My husbands results were 9. yes, nine. Down from 15 2yrs ago. he has agreed to take some finally. he's in severe pain from bone spurs. trying to get him to take his magnesium too...cowboys are tough, you know...

Apr 23, 2013
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by: Wray

Hi Tanya Ah that is a problem! Maybe you could try a patch of skin to see if it does help, rather than your entire body. Your vitamin D is very low, your husband's seriously low! Magnesium is so important too, but so is vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is found in organ meats, egg yolks, butter and some cheeses and fermented foods. It's has been found to reduce osteoporosis, calcification of arteries and cancer. These are excellent articles here, here and here. Vitamin K2, as one of the cofactors for vitamin D, ensures deposition of calcium in bones, preventing it's deposition in arterial plaque. Excess free calcium in the blood results in calcified arteries and heart disease, plus depression, see here, here, here, here and here. Tough or not he should get his vitamin D up, his magnesium and his vitamin K2! Take care Wray

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