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Acid Mantle For Dry, Cracked Skin

Q. You have had questions from people with skin cracking on their fingertips. I have another option to add to your suggestions: Acid Mantle from Doak Dermatologics.

I learned about it many years ago from the cook at my children’s camp. Her hands cracked and split from being washed and dried so often until she found Acid Mantle.

We initially used it for sunburn relief, but it’s also wonderful for chronic dry skin or the chapped area under your nose when you have a runny nose. Doing home remodeling (sanding, sheetrock) can be very drying because the protective oils of the skin get removed or the natural acid pH is disturbed.

Acid Mantle is expensive (about $44 for a 1-lb jar). But a little goes a long way, so the large jar lasts a year or more.

A. Ten years ago a scrub nurse wrote to us about Acid Mantle: “What a relief! It reversed the burn caused by the base pH in soaps, and returned my skin to normal.” The product contains petrolatum, glycerin and synthetic beeswax as well as other moisturizer ingredients.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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