Bi-racial Teenager Help!

Updated on March 28, 2008
H.B. asks from Pittsburgh, PA
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I am looking for some names of some good lotions. i have tried everything it is like soon as she puts it on in 10 mins it absorbs and looks awful Dry,ashy. she puts her lotion on after the shower and every night before bed.Once a week she takes a few drops of baby oil and soaks in the tub.I feel like rite aide myself i have bought so much.I need to find something that will help her especially her elbows.

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S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi H.,
You can try Eucerin cream.
Right now I'm using Gold Bond Ultimate healing lotion.
They have two different versions. One with shea butter in it and one with Aloe. I like them both.
I don't know how dry her skin is but the makers of Eucerin have amother product called Aquaphor. It's a little thick like vaseline, but it works great. I usually use it in the winter when my skin is extra dry because of the weather.
Hope this helps

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J.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

I am not bi-racial but I do have some intense skin.How about Queen Helene Cocoa Butter,also I know I mix the lotion and baby oil together in the palm of my hand and lather it all over right after I get out,while I am still prretty wet.When I have really dry spots I use vasaline,right out of the jar and onto the skin area.I have also used creamy Petroleum Jelly,or Aquaphora!
Good Luck
J. in PA

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K.T.

answers from Philadelphia on

Aveeno is a bit expensive but WORKS! Costco has a great deal on it. I think it's like 2 bottles for $13 and some change.

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S.P.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi H.,
I represent a company that has a lotion called Renew that will help your daughter. I have seen it get rid of eczema and other difficult skin issues. In a clinical trial they beat Eurcerin hands down. It is priced like the drug store, but 100% money back guarantee if it doesn't help her. email me directly at [email protected]____.com and I will be happy to show you how you can get it over the internet. S. P

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M.H.

answers from York on

Hi H.. I suffer from eczema (extremely dry skin) during the winter months and have found that Eucerin lotion works. I'm not sure how light or dark your daugther is, but I'm a caramel complexion and dry skin usually shows up on me pretty bad. If you've tried Eucerin, maybe Vaseline would help. Not the lotion but Vaseline in the yellow jar. Putting this on after a shower (without toweling off most of the water) helps to keep moisture in the skin. Also, if she starts doing it at night and giving it time to absorb before putting on her clothes, it should help give her a jumpstart for the next day. Please let me know if this helps. M.

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K.E.

answers from Reading on

Eucerin cream for all over and Aquaphor for elbows/knees. As a teenager, she may want something that smells good - I don't remember the name of it, but we used one from Sally's Beauty Supply that was pretty good... it was in the line of "Olive" products, green tub with an olive on it, must have been olive oil based. It's back with the black hair/skin care items.

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A.W.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi H., I can relate to your situation. I have 3 biracial children and one with excema. I have had luck with the Aveeno products. Other than that I would suggest using anything with cocoa butter. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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S.P.

answers from Erie on

my skin is white as white, but i LOVE Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil......at Wal-Mart for $2......a blend of awesome oils you'd spend a fortune on separately....all-in-one and cheap! this stuff soaks right in and i even use it on my face which is acne-prone.....with no problems.....great stuff!

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A.P.

answers from Philadelphia on

H.,

With my company we sell a product called Body Dew. It is a great way to keep your daughter skin not be so ashy and dry. All she needs is spray it on after she takes her show or bath. If you would like more information on the product, visit my website at www.SlumberPartiesbyAdrienne.com. Click on shop online and Body Dew in under Relax to the Max Catagory.

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J.L.

answers from Harrisburg on

Hi! Check out this website for lotions. http://www.annadele.com/ This is a company owned and operated by my sister. She makes her own OLIVE OIL BASED lotions. They are amazing! She makes a few different scents, or can make it unscented if you have an allergy to scents. IF you don't find the lotion you are looking for, email her.

Best wishes!

-J.

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N.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Not sure what you mean by "looks awful" BUT we like organic sesame oil. you can put it on before and after the bath. If yo liek add a few drops of a nice essential oil to it for the fragrance.

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K.B.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Get a lotion WITHOUT petroluem or mineral oil. These are chemcial by-products and not a ingredient that can heal the skin. Baby Oil is 100% mineral oil. It is good for coating (vaseline) to keep chapping from happening but not healing. You need to think more natural oils. Don't worry about lotion think about oils - sweet almond, jojoba, seasame, extra virgin olive oil and such.

Lastly, put this on while skin is still a bit damp. If you can find a bottle that you can spray it on you won't use as much.

Good luck...

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P.W.

answers from York on

Hi,
Not sure what the issue is...dry? eczema?

I like Kiss My Face lotions myself, and for trouble spots
Herbal Savvy has two great products, one is myrrh and golden seal..that cured my eczema when nothing else would, and the other with aloe and comfrey...also invaluable.

Kiss My Face you can get anywhere..they are all great...Giant even carries some of their line. Country Comfort Herbal Savvy, I buy online, it is inexpensive. Just do a web search.

Perhaps she is reacting to the alcohol in the lotions?

Also, is she taking flax seed oil supplement? That helps a lot here.

www.tni.com has amazing skin products. You have to find a distributor. I can put you in touch with three if you cant find one.

Good luck!!

P.

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D.D.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I have found for my dry skin, the cheap Equate Ultra Strength Lotion works great. How is her caffeine in take? Here is something most people don't realize. Caffeine, being a directic, can lead to dry skin if you drink too much of it. Since she is a teen, I'm guessing she drinks plenty. She might want to try cutting back a little and see if that helps.

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T.W.

answers from Harrisburg on

Hi H.,

What you will need to get for her is body creams. Lotions are too thin for her skin and for this time of year. Lotions are more spring/summer while creams are winter/fall. Colder weather already dries out the skin. So use body cream for the body however a great oil for her elbows is baby oil gel. Johnson & Johnson make it however the store brands (Target & Walmart I have tried) works great as well. Hope this helps take care and God Bless!!!

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D.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

try sarna which will be really good on the elbows. you can buy it in rite aid. i have eczema on my fingers and it helps. another two things two try are aquaphor which you can either get at target or order from the pharmacist. my sister in law is native american and swears by it since her race has dry skin. another thing that i use and really like is sold by bath and body and it is in the spa collection it is called shea it isn't so. i get rashy eczema spots on my legs when it is cold and my pants rub against it. i hope this helps.
D.

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S.S.

answers from Harrisburg on

I am a 39 year old woman that comes from a family that is culturaly mixed though I myself am black and myself and my daughter suffer from very dry skin there are 2 products I have found that work very well, Baby oil gel any brand ( (Target, Walmarts equate or Johnsons), Vaselines creamy petroleum jelly lotion (it's a very thick lotion in a tube I always find it at Walmart)

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S.M.

answers from Reading on

A friend of mine has really rough skin on his arms and elbows and he uses Hemp lotion. It works wonders!! It has a pleasant smell and it works great. It's made by Malibu Tan and he got it at Wal-Mart. I hope this helps!

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N.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

Try Cetaphil Moisturizing cream or Eucerin cream. I find creams tend to work better than lotions. Also, one thing that triggers dry skin is taking hot baths or showers. A luke warm one works better.

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C.M.

answers from Harrisburg on

A thought is to try using cleansing creams or shower gels with moisturizers followed by baby oil or a cream while skin is still moist. You may want to trade in the 'lotions' you use for a moisturing 'cream' for dry skin (ex: Eucerin).

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M.L.

answers from Philadelphia on

A cream I have found works on everything is call HEMPZ by supre. You can find it in most stores but I purchase it from ULTA. The cream contains shea butter, ginseng, vitamins A,C and E. Has lots of nutrients also.. The first ingredient is water which is the most important. When you look at any items check the ingredients for the very first listed one. This means that the product has the most of that first ingredient!

I hope this helps!!

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J.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi,
I am not sure if it matters if she is bi racial or not, but every night before I dry off, I rub a very little bit of vasoline on my skin, you only need a very little and rub it in well then towl off as normal. It really makes my skin soft. Good luck.
Jenn

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B.B.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Dear H.,

I myself am plagued with horribly dry skin, especially during the winter months. I have tried just about everything out there also. The thing that I found that works the best is to use a body scrub, either sea salt, apricot or walnut, in the shower. This will get rid of the dead skin and the lotion will absorb better. I found 2 lotions that work well and last. The first one is Mary Kay Visibly Fit Body Lotion. The other is St Ives Mineral Therapy Advanced Body Moisturizer. If your daughter is still having problems with her elbows have her use the body scrub on them before she goes to bed, and this is going to sound weird but apply a good coating of olive oil on them and cover them with a large band-aid or wrap them with something so the oil doesn't get everywhere. Wash it off in the morning and apply lotion. Hope this helps.

Beth B

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R.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

My husband has issues with dry skin on his elbows and knees. He recently went to the DR who prescribed him a body wash that has the same active ingredient as cream for athletes foot/yeast infections in it. I had no idea that they would treat that with that, but if she tries it, it may help. I would just get the cream and put a tiny bit on the bad areas for a little while to see if you notice a change.

I have also heard that cetaphil cream works pretty good on dry skin, however it isn't medicated.

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M.R.

answers from Philadelphia on

I think the Olay Quench products were designed for ethnic skin with controlling ashiness in mind. You might also try Curel Ultra Healing, it's got good skin soothers in it. If the ashiness is really crusty bad, there is a product available called Lac-Hydrin. It's available in two strengths, over the counter (5%) and prescription (12%). It's a lactic acid lotion--it really clears up ashiness. The over the counter strength is available in the lotion aisle. It's not the cutest product, but it really works.

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J.J.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi H.,

I am biracial and my skin used to get pretty dry, especially in the winter. My husband is black, but my son came out my complextion and he has terribly dry skin! We have tried soooo many lotions and creams for him. People swear by products that worked for them and did nothing for him - I think it just depends on your daughters particular body chemistry. Keep trying different things until you find something that works. I started using all the products that didn't work on my son and found that Aveeno cream (in the jar) for extra dry skin worked really well for me - that's in the regular lotion aisle. What we finally found for my son was Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Lotion and Wash. I know your daughter is a teenager, but it's worth a try! That works wonders for him, his skin is actually becoming soft! You can find that at Baby's R Us or in the baby aisle at Target. You may also want to think about changing soaps. Try a cream body wash with moisturizers like shea butter and/or oatmeal, like Oil of Olay or St. Ives.

Hope you find a solution from one of the MANY responses! Let us know how it works out!

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S.S.

answers from Scranton on

My daughter is Italian and has dark tan skin. When she was a baby she developed eczema and extremely dry skin. We tried everything from natural to prescriptions.It cost me a fortune and didn't help.Finally a dermatologist told us to bathe her twice a week using only Dove soap and use dove lotion afterwords.That is the only thing that truly helped her. Someone gave you advice for a doctor's exam to eliminate any illnesses. After that is done,try Dove.My daughter is now 20 yrs old and doesn't have skin problems. She uses Dove daily including their hair products.Hope this helps you and her!

B.K.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Before you spend more money on lotions that won't work you should take your daughter to your doctor or a dermotoligist and see if there is a medical reason why her skin is so dry. Did you know that skin problems can be the warning signs for serious health issues like heart, thyroid, and diabtic problems? Try changing her soap and lotion...go with the ones with the most natural ingrediants like glicerian (sp?) soaps. You can find them in many scents at Bath and Body works. Good luck!

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S.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi H.! I'm not telling you just because I sell it but I use Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream. It soaks in but really forms a nice barrier. It's gentle enough even for little ones - I've used it on my son's cheeks even when he was 2. We all use it on hands, feet, knees, elbows, anywhere! If you'd like to try it, we have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee (money back or exchange). My website is www.marykay.com/sbonafiglia and there is no delivery fee! Let me know if you have any questions! :) S.

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C.C.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Try Watkins Shae Butters or lotions. they are very concentrated and work incrediably well for hours usually. You can find them in the bath salts isle at wal mart.

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A.S.

answers from Scranton on

Hi H.,
Did you try some cocobutter, That usually works for really dry skin. I would try some of that and see if that works.

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A.P.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hey H.,
I just wanted to let you know that my company carries a wonderful line of lotions but one impeticular works wonders. My son had terrible dry patches all over his skin and I used this lotion and the next day it was so much better. Now, of course there gone because I put it on him everyday. Contact me if you would like and I can help you with that.
WWW.GREENSTHEWAYTO.COM

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J.M.

answers from Scranton on

You may want to ask her doctor for a prescription for Lac-Hydrin. It is a prescription moisturizer that works very well. Good Luck.

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M.W.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Go to an African shop such as Jamil's on Penn Avenue in East Liberty and buy some shea butter and then buy her some Jergens lotion and mix the Jergens lotion and shea butter together when she lotions up. Also she should not fully dry off after taking a shower but blot dry and immediately put the combination on my son and his father have eczema badly and this helps them a lot. The most important step is to not fully dry off after coming out the shower she is losing a lot of her natural mositure when she does. Good Luck!

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B.M.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi H.. Both my son and husband had dry sensitive skin and the only lotion we found that helped was Renew Lotion by Melaleuca.

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V.J.

answers from Philadelphia on

Try 'Aquaphor'. It's a little costly but great. Eucerin cream is also excellent. I had dermatitis, my daughter and my grandson. This worked for all of us. Also, have your daughter also shower with Aveeno soap (it has colludial oatmeal which helps dry skin--oatmeal is both an excellent exfolliant and moisturizer for skin!) Also, stay away from products that contain alot of alcohol and fragrance-based lotions....it irritates dry skin even worse. Look for things that say 'sensitive-skin formula'.

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K.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi, I recently did a search on
"Natural skin care" and there was a website that had specific instructions on ethnic skin. One thing I do know as a person who is extremely dry is that she should lotion FIRST thing out of the shower to lock in the moisture.
She should also be exfoliating and this can be done with sugar!! Do that search in Google and good luck!
K.

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L.R.

answers from Reading on

How about cocoa butter? I have also heard Olive Oil is really good for your skin. Aveeno is what my dermatologist swears by.. I have exzema and it does help but I use the cocoa butter more.

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S.A.

answers from Reading on

Hi! I know that you have already had many responses, but I will tell you what we use. We use natural shea butter which you can order from www.sheatouch.com. The other thing that we have used it Cetaphil. My girls can't use Eucerin or Aquafor or anything like that. My kids are bi-racial w/ very dry skin. My husband will use shea butter. I will say that the Cetaphil must be the cream. They can't use the lotions. I hope that this helps. Good luck!

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J.G.

answers from Lancaster on

Have you tried Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion? It is in a tube with a light blue cap in the baby aisle of stores. They also have a thicker one for eczema in the same kind of tube with a darker blue cap. My daughter had bad eczema and this really helped keep her moisturized. The tube says that it moisturizes for 24 hours. Another thing that was recommended to me that I never tried was Eucerin cream. Good luck!

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M.N.

answers from Philadelphia on

Eurcerin is really good and so is Aquaphor. I use them on my dd who has very,very dry skin.

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E.L.

answers from Lancaster on

I can totally relate, my skin gets very dry, especially in the winter. Renew lotion is the only thing that has ever worked and not left me feeling greasy! Feel free to give me a call, I'll show you how to get some.

E.
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M.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

shorten the showers, and loose the commercial soaps - step one.
The lotions that best help me come from Victoria Secret. Super fast absorbtion, smells good and if you get them on sale they are not that much more expensive than the commerical "healing" lotions in the drug store.

I have very sensitive skin, to detergents, soaps and lotions. VS have been a key to my solution for about 12 years now. Natural Goat milk soap too.

I hope she finds some relief.

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S.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

I find that better than any lotion ever, is cocoa oil, and better even than that is a beeswax and oil based 'cream.' I used to know a woman who made a great one, but that was before I moved to NJ. The beeswax creates a kind of barrier that holds the moisture in along with having nourishing and moisterizing properties of it's own. You could probably come up with a recipe on your own, my friend used to mix it up in her blender at home. And she might need to apply it in the morning as well as in the evening. Oils in general though are better than lotion for really dry skin. Vitamin E oil for really tough areas like elbows and knees is another good option. Vit E oil tends to be very sticky though, so you have to rub it in really well and/ or cover the area after applying it.

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P.F.

answers from Lancaster on

Hi! Avon has a really great lotion that I use all the time. It's called Moisture Therapy. I love this product. Doesn't feel greasy like Vaseline lotion does. You can order it from my website www.youravon.com/donaldfunk In campaign 5 on page 152 it's on sale! Avon is offering free shipping too! I hope this helps!!

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T.G.

answers from Harrisburg on

The Body Shop body butters work great and I am a consultant and can give you some samples to try. They come in many different scents and address different skin types (normal, dry, very dry). Let me know what you think! Thanks! T.:)

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J.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hello,

I have a dear friend locally who produces her own skin products from beeswax and home-grown organic herbs. I have found these to be wonderful for my family. Email me back if interested - I might even have some extra or can provide a recipe if you want to make your own.

the other thing - i have been plagued with skin dryness my entire life. I eventually found that it was my diet and not my skin that was the problem. Maybe including oils such as omega fatty 3s in her diet or borax oil/flax may improve the problem. There is a book - Prescription for Nutritional Healing -that is really useful. Available at the library or Whole Foods Market.

J.

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T.S.

answers from York on

Hi H.. I have a biracial daughter also. I tried many lotions and the one we have settled on is Original Nivea in the dark blue bottle. It is a little expensive, but works great. She has trouble with dry skin and this one seems to hold moisture and smells nice too. Good luck!

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S.N.

answers from Allentown on

Hi,

I use cocoa butter for my kids. It is by Fox and it comes in a tub. It's feels greasy but it will keep the skin moist and does not dry out quickly. Good Luck.

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M.C.

answers from Allentown on

Hi H.,
Have you heard of Arbonne? There skin care is awesome for the whole family. There is baby lotion and adult body lotion. The products contain no mineral oil (refined petrolatum, thats baby oil, so it can't soak into the skin). There is also a sea salt scrub that my Jamician friend uses and helps, as she says, it helps with her ashy skin and is a great exfoliator :)
Here is the link for the body lotion and the sea salt scrub.
www.arbonne.com
https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?categ...
https://www.arbonne.com/shop_online/showCatalog.asp?categ...
any questions let me know.
M.

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D.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

Use Cetaphil CREAM (not lotion) -- comes in a tub. I use this on my 19 mo daughter, who gets terrible eczema as soon as the weather turns a little bit chilly, and her skin is as soft and smooth as, well, a baby's bottom. You might also want her to try using Dove Sensitive soap, and maybe showering every other day in the winter unless absolutely necessary.

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R.S.

answers from Pittsburgh on

hey there - the problem with lotions is they are made to work temporarily - so you have to keep using more - so you will have to buy more.... try coconut oil - the stuff at whole foods is $16 for 16 oz, but you can get a cheap version from walmart for $3 - put it in the bath - apply it afterwards... you can eat it too! its antifugal and anti viral - go to www.earthclinic.org/net/com? and check out coconut oil - you'll be glad you did - and tell your friends too.

peace

Sol

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M.C.

answers from York on

Hi H.,

I can relate to your situation as well. I have two bi-racial children and I use the coco butter on my son who has the dry skin it's been working so far. I hope this helps.

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L.D.

answers from Scranton on

Have you tried lotions with cocoa butter ot just plain cocoa butter especially for knees, elbows and feet...

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J.K.

answers from Harrisburg on

I would try the Johnsons baby dry oil. Its an oil that goes on like a lotion and isn't greasy. If her elbows get ashy....have her cut the feet off an old pair of tube socks and have her COAT her elbows with an emolient cream. Have her slip them over her elbows and sllep in them. This is advice from the Tyra show. If it works forMms. Banks it might help your daughter :)

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S.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

I would use cream instead of lotion. You will be amazed at the difference. You ususally don't need an expensive cream. Try Walmart - I buy the Euate brand for Dry Skin.

Hope this helps!

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R.V.

answers from Reading on

Hi H.,

I too experience the same issues that your daughter has. I use products by Warm Spirit. They are nature based products.
I use special attention cream for my elbows, knees and legs. I also use their body butters which contain shea butter and olive oil. If you like I can set up a meeting with you and your daughter and you can try the products or I can drop by some samples for you. Let me know

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www.warmspirit.org/robinvereen

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A.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

I have a multi-racial daughter, I do not have the same problems BUT my husband has very dry skin and tends to use Vaseline lotion and he likes that the best. When my sister in law cam to visit she used vitamin E oil after taking a shower and she said she liked how it worked for her. I don't know if any of this will help but i figured i would put it out there for you. Good luck.

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D.M.

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I have bi-racial children and grandchildren and understand your situation. My Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream works wonders for extremely dry skin! Email me if you are interested.
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D.B.

answers from York on

Sometimes you need to work on skin from the inside out, as in more water and more nutrients. My daughter's dry skin is gone with nutritional supplements.
Teens most likely do not drink enough water.

The rule for water is half your body weight in ounces. So a 120 pound person, needs 60 oz of water each day. Wow! See what happens to hydrated skin!

check out my mama owned business for better nutrition too
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A.G.

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AquaPhor! its made by Eucerin, it works for dried cracked lips in the winter time, and elbows and helps diaper rash really its a miracle product!

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