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Don’t Bug Me!

Summer skin care concerns are dramatically different than cold weather problems! So, I will begin to discuss the common things that BUG us in hot weather. Let’s start with insect bites. Future blogs will cover sun protection, poison ivy and common skin infections.

How do you know it’s a bite that’s bugging you? There are several tips. The first clue is that you have several very similar small red round bumps present on your skin. These are usually clustered. They often have a central punctum or a tiny crust. They are always very itchy and are mostly on exposed skin.

How should I treat bug bites? Prescription topical corticosteroids turn off the itch in 24 hours, and the bite is gone in 48 hours. Lidex gel is my favorite, used twice daily on the bites. Also avoid heat, which makes anything itchy worse. Cooling menthol or other anti-itch lotions can give temporary relief too.

How should I prevent insect bites? Avoiding their habitat is the best policy! If you can’t do this, use clothing to cover up. Repellants are available, like “Off” spray, but there are eco-friendly ones that work well too—look in the Kid’s section of your department store. Finally, you may wish to try Thiamine, a B vitamin, taken orally every day can discourage the bugs from biting you.

COMING SOON: What can I do to protect from the powerful summer sun?

Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 is a very popular effective block from EPIONCE. It is great for everyday use, or can be used for outings. Use on face, neck and backs of hands and wrists is especially important to prevent aging changes as well as sunburn.

We will explore this subject in more depth in my next BLOG. You can call 866-374-6623 to order EPIONCE PRODUCTS. TELL THEM YOU FOLLOW DR SMITH, AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU FREE SHIPPING!

Blessings!
Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103 Healing Benefits

Is Your Skin Exhausted From the Long Winter?

As I see patients this time of year, after a long hard winter, I often think that their skin is tired and giving out, even exhausted. This is from fighting the terrible drying conditions of the cold weather. The skin barrier function—that outer layer that keeps the good nutrients and hydration in, and the bad drying/irritating elements out—can’t keep up with the onslaught. This results in itching, scaling and finally red rashes called Asteatotic Eczema. This is dry skin to the 10th power. This can break the skin open, and bacterial and viral infections can ensue. REMEMBER: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

SPRING IS HERE and it’s TIME TO RESCUE YOUR HIDE! Epionce has a NEW CREAM that’s perfect to help revive your exhausted dry skin — RENEWAL CALMING CREAM. This cost effective cream will soothe and comfort as well as intensively moisturize your skin. With five natural active ingredients it repairs and revitalizes without harming your skin. Call 1-866-374-6623 to order, and don’t forget to tell them you are a Dr Smith follower. They will give you FREE SHIPPING!

If you know someone with more extensive dry rashy skin, tell them to use EPIONCE Renewal Calming Cream in combination with Loma Lux Eczema Pill. I personally developed this NATURAL internal product for the skin 20 years ago and it’s still working—from the inside out!

Praying for your effectual healing,

Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103 ALL HIS BENEFITS

HAS A PSORIASIS CURE BEEN FOUND?


Some of you know that psoriasis has been my passion since medical residency in the early 80’s. My wife, Lorraine, and I began praying for a “healing cure” for psoriasis in 1985. Two years later my wife heard the words “bromide and nickel” in her spirit and knew that this was a piece to the healing puzzle. After much more prayer, research and development, an oral therapy composed of inorganic bromide compounds and inorganic nickel compounds emerged. This helped most people with psoriasis—even some very severe cases—but did not give most patients the full skin clearance that they were searching for. Now it appears that another piece to the puzzle has appeared—Helicobacter pylori. Doctors in Europe found that ALL their moderate to severe plaque psoriasis patients tested positive for this intestinal bacteria, detected through a very simple blood test. Their psoriasis improved with standard attempts to eradicate H. pylori from the gut—as much improvement as with standard prescription psoriasis therapy.

Another interesting fact is that the H. pylori organism proliferates in a nickel rich environment. So we have a paradoxical finding that nickel/bromide therapy improves psoriasis and also helps H. pylori grow! How could this be? I believe that the H. pylori organisms are overwhelmed and die with the HIGH doses of bromide and nickel that they are suddenly exposed to with our oral therapy (OTC Loma Lux Psoriasis or prescription Psorizide Ultra or Psorizide Forte). This still needs to be proven in clinical studies, but would explain the above paradox. These unique therapies may prove to be of value to stomach ulcer/acid patients who suffer commonly from H. pylori infection, especially since modern multidrug regimens are only modestly effective in eradicating the H. pylori organism.

A very well know MD, Jonathan Wright, in Seattle is beginning to put the above pieces of the puzzle together for his patients. He can be contacted through www.GreenMedicine.com.
Topical therapy is an important adjunct to internal psoriasis therapy. As a dermatologist I recommend EPIONCE skin care products with their ALL NATURAL active ingredients. Listed below are three winners!

1. BALANCING TONER This is a clear spray liquid that seals and moisturizes and prepares the skin for the next cream application.
2. LYTIC PLUS TX LOTION This has unique NATURAL active ingredients that penetrate into psoriasis and begin to interrupt/shut down the overproduction of skin.
3. EXTREME BARRIER CREAM Repair of the outer barrier layer of skin is imperative to restore normal function and appearance to the skin.

Remember that all three products above work together. Try to leave 5-10 minutes between steps 2 & 3 above. This helps efficacy! Do at least twice daily.

I am praying and believing that each of your struggles will become a victory!! When you get discouraged, remember the Rock from which you are cut and the Quarry from which you are dug. Isaiah 51:1,2.

MANY MULTIPLIED BLESSINGS!!!
Steven A. Smith, MD, Dermatology
Psalms 103 All His Benefits

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