Dermatology-Tested Summertime Dry Skin Care Treatment Helps Gardeners

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As summer approaches, many Americans look forward to spending time out of doors and in their gardens. Shielding lotions protect against dry skin and poison ivy exposure. The traditional skin problems associated with gardening and outdoor activities can be alleviated with the use of a shielding lotion, say dermatologists.

As summer approaches many Americans look forward to spending time outdoors or working in the garden. As pleasant as being out of doors can be, it can also be the source of skin problems. Exposure to poison ivy, oak and sumac can be a painful experience and the bacteria and irritants residing in the soil can lead to very dry skin. A new dermatology-tested skin care treatment that protects the skin offers an answer to the dry skin and irritations often associated with outdoor activities.

While wearing gloves can protect gardeners against the usual offenders, approximately 1% (27 million people) of the US population has some type of latex sensitivity, latex allergies or hypersensitivity as is now called. So many gardeners choose not to wear them, leaving them vulnerable. Now, user testimonials and studies measuring the effectiveness of shielding lotions as a skin care treatment against common household irritants, like chlorine bleach, suggest its use as an added protection to the usual preventative measures when active out of doors or in the garden.

“Based on data I have seen so far,” says Dr. Lisa Benest, a dermatologist with a successful practice in Burbank, Calif., “shielding lotions, like Skin MD Natural, seem to reduce the skin’s contact with the urushiol found in poison oak, ivy and sumac, as well as other irritants found in soil. As expected, we are seeing reports of reduced incidents of these contact dermatitis cases in individuals who use it regularly prior to gardening.”

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac, contrary to popular myth, are not contagious. The appearance of spreading is likely due to different thicknesses in skin, taking longer for the resin to absorb into the thicker forearms, legs, and trunk. A shielding lotion’s healing properties and ability to bond with the skin’s outer layer to help provide a protective barrier against external irritants, may slow absorption or minimize exposure to the most common gardening toxins.

“In north Texas, our guys work in brush and vegetation. We were taking the guys in to the doc frequently for rashes and skin problems that turned out to be poison ivy and oak,” says Neil Renton, Health Safety & Environmental Assistant for Dawson Geophysical, Inc., a seismic mapping company for the oil and gas industry. “Then we learned about shielding lotions, so I ordered a case and started handing it out to the guys in the field. So far this year, we’ve not had any cases of poison ivy or oak, and shielding lotions have really helped reduce our medical expenses and doctor visits.”

Avoiding exposure to outdoor and garden hazards is, of course, the best defense. However, this proven skin care treatment may greatly reduce a gardener’s risk of exposure to toxins and associated dry skin, irritants and rashes. A good shielding lotion can go a long way to making your summertime activities more enjoyable this year.


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Pete Grimaldi

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