Lotions, Potions and Soaps
Being a Zebra comes with a tremendous amount of challenges and obstacles. It also comes with other diseases and disorders. Some of these Include POTS, MCAS, TMJ, Chronic Fatigue, Sleep Issues, Chronic Pain, and many more. On this page, we are going to talk about the skin and Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAS). I have MCAS and am constantly itchy, I scratch, am constantly moving, I can't sit still and when it comes time to go to bed, it seems more like a chore than relaxing.
I am constantly changing positions in an attempt to find one where I am the least itchy. My poor wife is a Saint for putting up with it and not losing her cool. But she loses sleep because of my moving around. So she and I have been trying to find a lotion, salve, or body wash that will help alleviate the itching and allow us both to get some decent sleep.
I thought "That should last me about a year". On this page are some photos of products that I have used an had some success with dealing with the itching that comes from Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. Keep in mind, you should check the ingredients before using any of these products and make sure you are not allergic to anything in them. To try some of the Dead Sea Collection body washes, scrubs, and other products, click the button below to go to their website. They have a vast array of products to meet every need.
Schmidt's make hygiene products that I have found to be quite useful too. Their antiperspirants contain no aluminum, parabens and are an Eco-Friendly Company. Their products provide excellent comfort in dealing with the sweating symptoms that comes with POTS. Click the tab below to go to their site and see their full range of health and beauty products, There are a few pics in the gallery below, they are my personal favorites.
So over the past 5 years, we have tried probably over 100 plus different soaps, lotions, and potions to try to find something that will bring consistent relief and not just work for a short amount of time and then become ineffective. Recently, we were shopping at Ollie's Bargain Outlet and we found this body wash that contained activated charcoal. We had tried products with charcoal in them in the past and we liked them, so we figured we would give them a go and see if we liked them.
So that night I tried that charcoal body wash and I was having a particularly itchy day. When I got out of the shower, the itchy feeling was gone, Almost completely. I had also used the charcoal salt scrub and was able to dig in without doing any damage to my skin and that really helped with the itching. So a few days later we went back to the store and I bought 4 bottles of the body wash and 4 containers of the face scrub.
Other Topical Products and Their Uses
Dealing with itchy skin is only part of dealing with Mast Cell Activation Disorder. The other main part is figuring out what your triggers are. What substances you are sensitive to. Whether they are chemical food, or environmental. And this is no small feat. I was diagnosed with MCAS about a month ago, but I have been trying to find out what has been making me itchy and how to make it better for years. I tried all the typical things with some success. Calamine Lotion and Hydrocortisone Lotion provide relieve for short periods of time but don't solve the problem, which is what I wanted. As I mentioned before, The Dead Sea Collection has been the only real solution to this problem, no pills, or other types of topicals even came close.
There are cases when you may need to use a topical spray or ointment to treat or use somewhere else. That's what we are gonna talk about now. I have mentioned elsewhere on my site that I am a big fan of TENS therapy. Which is electrical stimulation of the body's nervous system to cause the body to produce its own pain-killing substances, and also interrupt the pain signals from reaching the brain. TENS electrodes are not very expensive, and they can be bought in bulk. However making anything last longer is always a plus, saves money and slows the filling of landfills, and is greener.
You can rehydrate TENS electrodes by either spraying them once with some water or splashing them under the faucet for a split second. I had been doing this for years and it did help. Well, one night I was having a hard time sleeping and I was surfing the internet. I was running low on TENS electrodes and was shopping around looking for the best deal. I came upon a page that had this electrolyte solution that you spray on your skin before you apply TENS electrodes, and on the electrodes after you have taken them off post-treatment. +
It wasn't expensive and since it only required one spray, I knew that one 8oz bottle would go a long way. So I ordered it.
It arrived a few days later, I tried it out, and it worked amazingly. The electrodes stuck way better, the current came through better, and the electrode life was extended from 8 uses to an amazing 15 uses. You can see a picture in the gallery below. My skin reacts negativly to many chemicals, so when I find something that works, I stick to it. Below is a photo gallery of products that I use that do not have a negative reaction with my skin. I can't promise that it won't reactive badly with your skin, but it has been Wetzel tested and approved!