Prevention and Remedies for Summertime Skin Ailments

Bug bites? Sunburn? Skinned knees?
Here at Los Gatos Chiropractic and Wellness we’re all about prevention, so here are some simple tips to prevent common Summertime Skin Ailments:

  • Bug Bites:For an all-natural bug repellent use tinctures that include lavender or tea tree oils with thyme and rosemary. These also help to soothe a bite if you do get bit. You may also want to try tea tree oil or honey for their antiseptic properties and calamine lotion to help relieve itching. Homeopathic remedies such as Leadum for insect bites and Rhus Tox for skin aliments and itching also provide relief.

credit: A.M. Kutchling

  • Sunburns:Prevention is key, so cover-up with long sleeves and a hat. If you can’t keep covered up use sunscreen. For the safest choices in sunscreens check out Environmental Working Group which monitors for safety in ingredients. If you do get a burn, a cool compress and aloe vera can relieve discomfort; it also speeds healing and moisturizes the skin. Also, taking antioxidants are great help to reduce the free radicals caused by sun exposure.
  • Skinned knees:Always wear proper protective gear with outdoor activities, even long pants can help. If you do get a wound, clean it with witch hazel; a natural astringent and antiseptic. Vitamins C and E help speed healing and help close a wound. The appearance of scars may also decrease with the Graston Technique. Although there isn’t an adjustment to heal a skinned knee, coming in for evaluation after any accident is important to help restore proper function that may be lost due to an injury.

If you’re not into making your own tinctures or not sure on the dosage, come by the office and we’ll set you up with specific blends for whatever purpose you need them. We have fantastic products that can help with various skin ailments. One of our favorites is Solvarome. It has a unique blend of essential oils that are antiseptic, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and deodorizing for skin wounds and skin irritations. We’re here to take the guesswork out of health care and keep you doing what you love to do.

Benjamin Franklin said it best “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” so drop by and pickup a couple ounces of prevention.

Originally published 7/2012

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