So you’re cured of the mites.?Congratulations!
It’s a big win to beat this plague. It’s not easy, but you did it. Huge sigh of relief.
In this post, we’ll talk about what to expect and what to do next after the mites.
Table of Contents
- 1.) What to expect after Scabies
- How to Make Your Skin Look and Feel Good Again
- 1.) Nourish your Tired Skin with These Healthy Creams and Oils
- 2) Diet & Nutrition
- 3) Supplementation
1.) What to expect after Scabies
After the fight is over and the smoke has cleared you’re likely left with some lingering skin issues (and perhaps some trauma).
Sometimes your skin can still feel like it’s crawling for weeks after eradication. It can even be hard to tell if your scabies symptoms are going away.
Even after you’ve successfully rid yourself of the mites you can still experience:
- Post-scabies rash
- Post-scabies bumps that come and go
- Post-scabies nodules
- Scabs (especially if you scratched a lot)
- Residual itchiness
- Dry, irritated skin
This can last anywhere from a week to two months.
The areas you had the most intense infestations – for me this was my thighs – are the most likely to have lingering rashes.
Post-Scabies Nodules/Bumps that Come and Go
Even though the mites are dead their debris is there.
Dead mites, dead eggs, excrement.
These are all very itchy and will take time for your body to process/purge.
At different times you’re likely to see bumps coming and going.
Make absolutely sure though that it bumps that you are already familiar with.
If you see new bumps or new track marks then, unfortunately, you might not be cured or have become reinfested.
If your skin was really irritated during your infestation and you scratched a lot then you might have scabs.
It’s recommended for those with scabies to not scratch because of this, and it can spread the mites.
If you have scabs at this point then you can treat and nourish your skin.
More on how to do that later in this post.
You will likely still feel itchy for at least a few weeks post scabies.
For me and some of the people close to me who got infested, it took 2+ months for our skin to return to normal.
As always, avoid scratching. You can follow the directions later in those post to subdue the itch.
Dry, Irritated Skin
After all of that turmoil with scabies, your skin is likely left dry and irritated.
All of the treatments, either natural, pharmaceutical, or both leave a toll on the skin.
Especially if you took a lot of hot baths or utilized chemicals.
At this point, it will take your skin some time to restore itself and return to a natural and healthy state.
If you excessively scratched your itchy skin during your infestation you likely created skin abrasions.
If uncared for these abrasions can turn into scars.
You don’t want those.
Read further to learn ways to heal your skin and prevent scars from forming.
How to Make Your Skin Look and Feel Good Again
Hopefully, you’re experiencing very few of the issues I listed above.
At any rate, your skin has been through so much lately!
Now that the mite crisis has been averted it’s time to show it some love. The better you take care of it the quicker it will return to normal and stop being itchy/looking embarrassing.?Even if it’s not so bad it still could use some TLC.
First, you should avoid common irritants that can slow the healing process.
– ? Avoid long, hot showers.?These irritate, dry out and strip the skin of natural oils (think Sebum). This makes you more itchy and slower to heal.
– ??Avoid over bathing.?A well-nourished body maintains its own skin support. Washing too much disturbs the body’s skin maintenance?procedures.
– ? Steer clear of synthetic soap additives. – skin irritating?additives are found in almost all major brands that are producing bathing products. Dial, Proctor & Gamble, herbal?essences . . . you name it. Look for natural, non-irritant skin products to restore your skin with (more on that below).
1.) Nourish your Tired Skin with These Healthy Creams and Oils
Coldwater – this is?perhaps the best thing you can provide for your skin. It’s been hot and irritated from the mites. Cold water hydrates and closes your pores to promote healing. Limit washing and favor cold water when you do. At a minimum, you should end your showers with a cold rinse.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil also provides cooling nourishment. Coconut is cooling and great for the body, inside and out. The natural fats it provides soak right into your skin and help it re-establish itself. Apply it wherever (and whenever) you want relief. Buy it here.
A Naturally Formulated Skin Cream?– I recommend a popular cream from Puriya called Mother of All Creams (Buy it here). It provides instant relief for dry and itchy skin. Its strength is in restoring skin health long term. It’s ingredients are anti-inflammatory, cell-growth promoting and anti-allergenic. It will hydrate, soften and restore your skin and it’s natural barrier function. No harmful chemicals.
Some other moisturizing and restorative oils include:
All are very beneficial and pure products that nourish skin. No artificial irritants added.
Epsom salt baths -?both relaxing and beneficial, Epsom salt (Magnesium-Sulphate) provide nutrients and works to soften while helping to draw out left over mite contaminants in the skin.
I recommend a few baths a week for about 30 minutes each. Use 1/4 cup and be mindful of the effects on your skin – if the water is too hot and too much salt is used dry skin could occur.
Follow up the bath with a cold shower to close the pores and better seal in moisture. Best before sleep. Here are the Epsom salts I used.
2) Diet & Nutrition
Really try avoiding junk food while you heal your skin.
Unhealthy foods create inflammation which will reflect in your skin.
Instead focus on cooling, nutrient-rich nourishing foods.
Some other foods that are especially good for skin health/regrowth are:
Gelatin helps grow new skin and build up its elasticity and suppleness. In addition to improving skin health, gelatin also boasts these benefits:
- Stimulates the immune system
- Contains essential Amino Acids
- Aids the digestive tract
- Is Anti-Inflammatory
- Regulates hormones
- Aids in liver function
You can create gelatin in homemade, mineral-rich bone broths.?Here is a guide on how to make bone broth.?
You can also buy gelatin online here. It comes powdered and you can mix it into drinks and soups.?
Colostrum provides a powerhouse of immune support. This is because it’s clinically proven to bolster the immune response and helps restore the gastrointestinal tract. Our gut health is very important for proper skin functioning, and colostrum happens to be one of the better tonics for your gut.?The best is sourced from grass-fed cows.
Collagen deserves kudos here for skin health as well. Here is a list of benefits. I have noticed most of these in my 4 months now of taking collagen.
- Reduces inflammation, body pain, and joint discomfort
- Rejuvenates skin tone. Healthy skin retains moisture better and is more elastic and less prone to develop fine lines, dark spots, and wrinkles
- Increases energy and physical endurance
- Improves recovery time after exercise
- Supports repair of skeletomuscular injuries and post surgery recovery
- Improves muscle tone/strength and joint flexibility
- Reduces muscle soreness and pain after work out or physical activity
- Increases nail strength. Stronger nails do not chip
- Improves hair quality and thickness that gives a more youthful appearance
Same as for colostrum, the best source for collagen is from grass-fed cows. You can find it?here.
Here are some great supplements for skin health.?
Fermented cod liver oil/ high vitamin butter oil.
A synergistic combination of impressive superfoods – this combo provides extremely bioavailable sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A. These are all very important compounds for skin health. Fermented cod liver has been consumed for ages and is well known for its effects on the skin and bodily function. Green pastures make the best product on the market. You can buy it here.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
Vitamin B5 is another skin restoring powerhouse – amazingly effective for acne, but also important for general skin ailments.?
Pantothenic Acid plays an important role in energy storage and releases and provides nutritive support for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
This is good news for your skin. All of the important nutrients we are taking in to support skin cell regeneration and immune function – this stuff helps it get where it needs to go and makes sure it operates efficiently.?
KAL inc. makes a great B5 product.?I take their 1000mg capsules.
Pantothenic acid also is available in a variety of foods, the richest sources being:
- Organ meats like liver & kidney
- egg yolk
- sweet potato
Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil contains gamma-lineoic-acid (GLA). GLA fantastic for skin health and is helpful for many other ailments. Its benefits include:
- Helping Skin problems (eczema, acne, psoriasis)
- Aging problems
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Weight control
- Pain relief (via a compound called phenylalanine)
- Disease prevention
- Symptoms of menopause
You can find supplemental evening primrose oil here.
Evening primrose oil is one of the very few sources of GLA – and is the most abundant source known.?The gamma-linoleic acid, linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin. You can find it here. You will notice a very quick responsiveness from your skin to this supplement, I found it to be very effective.
Zinc is an important component of healthy skin. It is also?required for proper immune system function, as well as for the maintenance of vision, taste, and smell. We need zinc for a huge array of body processes.?
If you consume the foods I recommended in step #2 then you should have your bases covered with zinc. As a reminder, some zinc-rich foods include oysters, pecans, brazil nuts & egg yolks. You can also choose to supplement it, try to consume at least 15mg of zinc a day.
If you choose to supplement for Zinc I advise buying a?Zinc-magnesium-calcium-vitamin D?combination supplement. All of these compounds are important for day to day health, including skin health.?Magnesium is especially essential!
There has been a lot of buzz in recent years concerning probiotics. With recent advancements in?technology?we now know that there are over 100 trillion organisms living in our body at any giving moment. The body itself is comprised of roughly 10 trillion cells – that means that for every one cell in your body there are 10 living organisms!
The immune system is?predominantly located in the gut – about 75% – this is also where most of the organisms take residence. Did you know that these organisms send direct signals to your body that affect immune responses? If we are unhealthy the gut is largely occupied by pathogens. These pathogens harm our immune system and digestion. For this reason, I?recommend reconstituting your gut with healthy organisms that benefit our immune system and whole body. I advise anyone to really take the time to read up on and invest in probiotics as a healthy gut leads to healthy skin as well.
Not all probiotics are the same – quality is important as there are varying bacterial species sold and quality assurance is important since they are living organisms.
I recommend products from these companies:
Vitamin E is highly present in our skin and deficiencies?are rarer than you might think though, so I advise supplementing it only if you are not?maintaining sufficient intake through diet. One element of vitamin E -?tocotrienols – is hard to get, and?red palm oil?is one of the few choices for a source.
If you do decide to supplement Vitamin E, it is?very important?you buy the right stuff. Not all supplements are created equal, and the divide is especially relevant for this supplement. Too often vitamin E products are synthetic – which the body absorbs inefficiently. I recommend the supplement?Unique E, as it is naturally sourced.
Foods containing sufficient amounts of Vitamin E include:
- turnip greens
- sunflower seeds
- bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
*Vitamin E is fat?soluble, so it is important to eat these foods with plenty of fat to boost absorption.a
So there you have some tips for healing. If your skin is looking as bad as mine was some of these tips should be helpful. I hope you heal well and leave us some info about your recovery in the comments!