Ok here’s how it went down.
I confessed to the folks at Skin Free that I have hand mange. The doctors call it dishydrotic eczema. Yeah, whatever. To me it’s mange.
It all started because I’m a germaphobe. Big surprise. I was doing a play in Dallas about three years ago and the guy playing my husband, who, for the record, I had to smooch a heck of a lot, got sick. Let me tell you, when you are in a strange city living in a tiny apartment all by yourself, you so don’t want to get a cold from your fake husband. I washed my hands like a crazy person. I bought stock in Purell. And I got itchy bumps at the base of my fingers on my right hand. Cut to three years later…the itchy bumps have spread to the palms and in between the fingers on both hands. And they regularly dry out, and crack in such unbelievably painful ways that the Purell application makes you want to scream in agony.
I’m fairly certain that my doctors would say it’s not Purell’s fault. No one in the medical community knows what brings on dishydrotic eczema. And they sure as heck don’t seem to have a cure for it. They have some super duper creams that take the pigment out of your skin (I am not joking) and definitely clear up the mange for a few days. I’m afraid to use my cream daily because of that whole skin pigment thing. And I really don’t want to put it on when I’m planning to touch the baby any time thereafter. So I only put it on before bed, and then I go to sleep wearing gloves like Michael Jackson because if it does that to my skin pigment, what’s it going to do to my duvet?
When they heard of my plight, the people from Skin Free, a company that makes skin products with no chemicals or preservatives, all natural ingredients, no petroleum products, no colorants and no steroids sent me their Extra Moisturizing Soap & Shampoo Bar and also the After Shower Moisture Spritz. I tried them for upwards of a month. And my mange is 90% gone at this point. I am not quick to jump to Skin Free as a miracle mange cure. I do think, however, that using it, oh say when the entire country is panicking about swine flu and you happen to be a raging germaphobe living in flu central with a toddler… will help keep the mange under control. I have used it almost exclusively in the bathroom, and I’ve been really conscious to use an all natural kitchen soap, and facial soap as well during this month. I think it’s helping.
The true test is that I went home to PA for Easter where there is no Skin Free soap. My mange came raging back like a mangy moose. A few weeks later, without having applied the nasty ointment, the mange is once again under control. Yeah I still have a few itchy bumps here and there. And the spring humidity has certainly helped.
But I think Skin Free rocks. If you’ve got dry, sensitive, itchy-bumpy skin…or if you’re just creeped out by chemicals, chuck the gloves, and think about giving Skin Free products a try.
Mange-free hands. Yeah. That’s something this baby’s gotta have.