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posted November 20, 2001 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for raistlin   Click Here to Email raistlin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I just wanted to know how often you take a bath. For me, I have to take a bath every 3 days. My skin is almost normal for 2 days after bathing but then it gets worse from one day to another. It seems that my scaly skin "regenerates" itself in 3 days.

I would like to know from other people with Ichthyosis Vulgaris how many days your skin looks good after bathing.


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posted November 20, 2001 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danusia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a good question ... I've often wanted to ask it myself but haven't gotten around to it. I have vulgaris and find that I have to try to balance the positive effects of exfoliating in the bath / shower with the time factor and hassle of creaming down extensively afterward. For me, every second day seems to work the best.

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posted November 21, 2001 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Connor   Click Here to Email Connor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there,

I agree with Danusia, like her I tend to balance having a bath with the effort of having to put creams on after words. Although I have xlinked ich. I too take a bath about every 3 days as its usually the 3rd mornin that my skin feels dry and also blocked due to the build up of creams, I would like to take a bath every day but wouldnt have the time or the energy, I often feel jealous by other ppl who take a bath to 'wind down' and relax, as 4 ppl like us its a very energetic and strict routine with not much time to relax. I have looked into this matter b4 though. In the summer time, if I work in italy or germany I love takin showers every evening or every other and my skin is perfect, plus I think the pounding of the water on your skin is good for it, however I havent yet taken showers during winter as I spend them at home in UK and my parents dont have a shower. I also think showers are good as u can put them on a constant warm temp. whereas in a bath you have to put in boiling water which then cools down, then u put in more, and this isnt good for the skin.
It would be good to find out what you think about the difference between showers and baths during the winter when our skin is at its worst as it may inspire me to get 1 fitted in as at the moment I can just about manage without.


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Les Avakian

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posted November 21, 2001 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Les Avakian   Click Here to Email Les Avakian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Raistlin, Danusia, and Connor
Thank you for posting your responses to how often you bath.As for myself, doctors have told me water and bathing are good for your skin.I have X linked and shower at least once a day. I know what you mean about the hassle of getting out of the shower when the itching is at its worst.The natural skin oil is off and our skin quickly dries out after drying off.When I was a child it was much worse because we didnt have the alpha hydroxy creams. At that time, I only used Eucerin cream for moisturizing.Now, immediately after showering, I apply Lachydrin 12% lactic acid and that seems to ease the itching and takes the scales off. As Connor said, your environment is a major factor on your affects of ichthyosis. I am very lucky to be living in a mild environment in the winter.I hope this helps. Take care and by for now.
Les Avakian

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posted December 07, 2001 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Goldenlight   Click Here to Email Goldenlight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I actually shower each day, but I only use the deoderant soaps in the private areas of my body. On the rest of the body, I use one of those moisturizing soaps in a bottle that doesn't dry the skin. And I Try to limit the shower to 5 minutes or less. The quicker you get in and ou the better your skin will feel

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posted December 16, 2001 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rosalie   Click Here to Email Rosalie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have EHK, but bathing-problems sound familliar! Funny that we all seem to have a 2/3 day 'cyclus'. Like Connor I am jealous of other people who take a bath because they WANT to, but I try to make it as agreeable as possible by trying to relax soaking for an hour with my favorite magazines, after which the hard work (exfoliating) starts!

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posted January 30, 2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chandra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I take a bath at night and a shower in the morning practically religiously, but I have Lamellar, not Vulgaris or X-linked.

When I used Lac-Hydrin and was taking Accutane, I could get away with only showering once a day. However, I still needed to put cream on after bathing or showering no matter what and if I didn't bathe or shower once a day, I was pretty uncomfortable.

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posted January 31, 2002 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Elise   Click Here to Email Elise     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Chandra, I have LI too and also a frequent bather. Shower in the morning, bath at night... I could "get by" with one a dya but not comfortably. I do look forward to my nightly bath. - E

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posted February 07, 2002 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for reshma   Click Here to Email reshma     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dear les
i am 31 have ich vulgaris. i want to know where can i get AHa lac hydrin 12% lactic acid. at present i use glysolid glycerin cream which is just a moisturiser. i am in chicago.

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posted February 07, 2002 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stacey_s   Click Here to Email stacey_s     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi I have three boys under the age of 5 with ichthyosis vulgaris and I bath them every second day with Q.V Bath oil and then use one of my many different creams that i have collected usually urederm, eucerin and in the middle of summer we can usually get away with just sorbolene cream and there skin stays fairly smooth for a day or two. Hope that helps with your question from stacey

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