Skin Issues, Ugh…

Cetaphil :)
Cetaphil 🙂

I don’t know what it is, but ever since I can remember I’ve had terribly dry skin. When I was little, I remember slathering on tons of Vaseline to my itchy, dry legs. Today, my dry skin can only be partially blamed on the cold. As I’ve mentioned previously, I am a compulsive hand-washer (and sanitizer).  It’s a routine that I am constantly performing at work, less at home, but I’m always doing it. Needless to say, my skin, particularly my hands, have taken a beating. The only thing that seems to help is the Cetaphil that mom gave me (most everything else is crap!).  I slather this stuff on at night to the point that my hands are greasy and in the morning my hands seem healed, but as soon as I get to work and start the routine again, they go back to their dry, cracked, ugly state.

The hand-washing is annoying to say the least, but my compulsions don’t stop there.  I take AT LEAST two showers a day; the water is so hot that I come out totally red.  I can’t stand to be in a cold shower because to me, the surfaces of the tub feel disgusting if they are cold.  I know this doesn’t really make sense, but it’s just the way I feel about it.  Similar to my skin, my hair is brittle and I always have split ends.  This, I know, is a result of my excessive showering and shampooing.  Ah, the joys of constantly feeling dirty!

I wish there was something I could do to end this, but I really don’t see an end to it.  Wish I did, but I don’t.  From my experience of being on sertraline for a year now, I can honestly say that the medication does take the edge and stress of OCD off quite a bit, but it by no means is a cure all.  I struggle daily with compulsions, routines, and obsessions.  They will always be there, I realize, because they are a part of my physiology.  I think the only true way to help diminish my OCD is psychotherapy.  I’m just not ready for behavior therapy yet and what that might entail.

I’m seriously thinking about going to my primary care physician and getting a recommendation for therapy.  My psychiatrist did a good job of setting me on a path to sanity, but I still feel that I have a long way to go. Wish me luck!

I know this is a lot of rambling, but these are today’s thoughts 🙂


16 thoughts on “Skin Issues, Ugh…

    1. That is the worst 😦 I have been on the pill for awhile and that has cleared up my acne quite a bit, but I used to struggle with it a lot too prior.

  1. Now that I’m “old” (just turned 50 shhhhh), I find my hair and skin to be alot dryer than before. My main problem is I am allergic to lanolin, so everything with lanolin, instead of making my skin feel better it would make it crack and feel worse! I hope whatever decision you make to help with your OCD helps you. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

    1. I have tried lanolin because my coworker swears by its effectiveness for relieving dry skin, so I bought a jar at a whole foods store. Honestly, I hope it works for nursing mothers because it sure doesn’t work for hands! It worked maybe the first time I used it. I love the smell because it reminds me of my childhood at the 4h fair. (I know that sounds weird!) I never really noticed any amazing effects thereafter. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing.

  2. If you want a natural way to clean your hair without the harshness here it is (and you may not be able to tolerate it). Put a tbsp. of baking soda in a spritz bottle. Put 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle. Spray your roots only with the baking soda. Leave in one minute. Then rince the rest of your hair with the vinegar mix. Believe me, your hair will have no smell (they cancel each other out) and it feels soft and looks great. Plus no chemicals. For your hands, at my hospital we have a produce that we put on that acts as a barrier for frequent handwashing. It lasts 6 hours, then needs re-applicaton. It helps a lot. I can get the name for you if interested.

    1. Wow I have never heard of this before. I have used baking soda in my hair to get rid of some of the product build-up. I trust you when you say it won’t smell 🙂 Thank you for reassuring me though. I am going to try this. I need something to restore the luster back to my locks! Thank you again friend.

  3. If loving very hot showers and washing your hands often is a disorder, then count me in 🙂 I also have a jar of Cetaphil cream in my bathroom and it’s a lifesaver for us hot shower-and-handwashing lovers!! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  4. Hello, thanks for the like on my blog. Am checking out yours as you can probably deduce and I am very proud of you. And slightly jealous as dumb as that may sound to you. I struggle with my mental health a lot and feel like I’m forced to pretend to be “normal”. The post you “liked” was a first attempt at letting it out in a way. You, seemingly, have no problem being yourself and not hiding something that has an impact on your life as heavily as any disorder. To me you are free in a way. (I hope this isn’t coming across odd). I just want to know and let others know its not a fault to feel a certain way or do certain things because your mind or whatever is telling you. (hope that all made some sense)

    In reference to this particular post, I have a similar problem, with my feet. Every night I apply lotion to them at least 20 times. I go through bottles of lotion like no body’s business. My husband thinks I’m crazy. But i get the strangest feeling up my legs and HAVE to put on more lotion. I am going to go get some cetaphil tomorrow! Maybe it’ll help. I’d like to suggest to you olive oil for your showers and hair. I put olive oil in my conditioner. And I make a brown sugar scrub that’s 2 cups brown sugar and 1/2 cup olive oil. Keep it in a mason jar right in the shower. Just a suggestion.

    A fan that’s also dry,
    Jessica Freed

    1. Jessica,
      You don’t come across as odd at all! There are few people in this world who would make me thing as such 🙂 Being a bit quirky myself, I don’t mind the occasional oddity! Anyhow, I digress.

      I encourage you to do as I have done and have no inhibitions with your writing. Let out everything you feel comfortable with and share it with the world. I really feel there is no better medicine, other than the one I’m currently on ;), than the support of caring, interested people, who may or may not share similar struggles. I have come to this place in my life after a serious mental breakdown about a year and a half ago. It was not easy for me admitting that I had a problem, but I did and was able to seek appropriate help. I’m using my blog as a way to reach out to others for my help and theirs. I appreciate that you took the time to support me and your kind words are truly inspiring. Do not be jealous, there’s really nothing about this girl to be jealous of 🙂

      When it comes to dry skin, the winter has been taking a beating upon my poor epidermis. My right hand looks like lizard skin. Sorry for that visiual, but yeah, it’s pretty gross. My sister gave me some scrub for Christmas that she made out of sugar, peppermint oil, and raspberry. I really love it and it definitely helps. I have noticed that the flaking goes down when I use it. You definitely have to try the Cetaphil 🙂 It’s my skin’s best friend. Let’s just hope this recommendation doesn’t give you some adverse reaction. If that does happen, I sincerely apologize, but for me it works the greatest. I love the idea of the brown sugar scrub. Perhaps when I run out of my sister’s, I will def try that out. Great tip!


  5. Cetaphil. I’ve got to get some. I too wash my hands a thousand times a day, often with Dawn dish detergent to really help get rid of the greasy feeling. Top this off with the fact that I just moved from the damp Pacific Northwest to very dry Colorad and my hands are a wreck.

    1. Cetaphil is pretty amazing 🙂 I especially like that it doesn’t have a strong fragrance. Sometimes I think that causes dryness too. It is very dry here too in the winter and my skin can’t handle the cold + the excessive handwashing. I use Dawn sometimes too 😉 I hope it helps you out!


  6. RELATE!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! I will (maybe) soon start to post some of my OCD experiences… I live in NYC, so I have major issues with the subways – like major. None of my friends understand feeling dirty and the use scalding hot water. And I’m so trying to leave my hair alone. I could really go on… and I will in future posts. And I have cetaphil too.

    1. OMG, I can’t imagine living in NYC. I don’t even think I could visit. I can’t imagine how you must feel. The subways would be the absolute worst! I definitely don’t blame you for feeling that way and I totally understand. I have difficulty with city buses. I might die if I had to ride a subway 🙂
      Cetaphil is awesome 😉

  7. Things I have found,

    Wash your face and body with all natural coconut oil, it’s very good for you. I also get a face wash from LUSH it’s a seal salt scrub and that’s all I use. My face has never looked so good.
    Andi use to get system acne, was on acutane, and went to the dermatologist all the time.

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