Cracked heels are not dangerous normally unless the cracks become deep and bleeding occurs, in which case you should consult a physician.

But even slightly cracked heels are certainly annoying and unsightly.

Cracked HeelsOne popular home remedy for cracked heels is to clean and moisturize the feet.

  1. Try soaking your feet daily for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Dry them and apply a mixture of the juice of a lemon and a teaspoon or so of Vaseline to your heels. Rub it in until the mixture is fully absorbed.
  3. Continue this every day until the condition improves.

There are other similar home remedies you can search for on the internet.

  • My feet were cracking. I used your skin cream that night. The next day I was back in shape for walking again.

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    If you suffer from a skin allergy, that means you are probably allergic to something you come in contact with regularly. But that is not a hard and fast rule. Many skin reactions are the result of allergies that would not seem to be related to a topical problem. So, therefore, you can get an allergy from food or even from something that you breathe in.

    The Process of Finding Out What is Causing Your Skin Allergy

    This is a science in its own right and a difficult one at that. But the steps you might take to deal with that skin reaction once it has shown up and begun to make you uncomfortable are not cryptic at all. In many cases, we can get control over the rash itself using natural remedies or even home remedies that we have come to rely on for the general health of our families.

    Here are a few suggestions…


    beautiful woman with clear skinOver the counter moisturizers can work wonders on your skin. It is important to keep your skin moist. Otherwise, it can dry out and cause other problems.

    These simple, natural products can relieve dry skin, which is the source of much of the itchiness.

    Just be sure the moisturizers you use are not for cosmetic use and don’t contain perfumes or other artificial ingredients.

    The great thing about using a moisturizer is that you can use it all you want.


    Another great way to keep your skin from drying out is to enrich the air of your room with a humidifier. You could even add some natural or alternative medicine to the steam from the humidifier to provide even more healthy properties.

    Herbal Applications

    One of the most popular herbal applications you can use is aloe vera gel. If you cannot find a plant, find a good cream that contains aloe vera.

    Another popular application is the use of a paste made of clarified butter and turmeric powder to help with the reaction. It is preferable to do this before bedtime so that the turmeric gets a chance to work from within uninterrupted.

    “I am a 46-year-old woman. I have been battling an allergy rash on my face and forearms for about 5 years. The face rash has been occasional but the arm rash has been constant going from better to worse and back but never going away. Being in the sun always aggravated the rash. July of this year while at the Del Mar Fair I came across your booth. I purchased a small jar of Corium 21. After about 3 weeks the rash disappeared!!! I have spent hundreds of dollars on prescription and over the counter creams and medicines. This is the first one to make it go away! What a blessing it was to come across Corium 21.” – M.

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    “We came here on vacation. I had forgotten to bring my base makeup. I’ve had problems with acne. I used the base makeup to cover my problem. I picked up your cream on Monday and by Wednesday I do not need to use the base makeup. My acne has improved tremendously! Thanks so much!” – M.D.

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    What is Acne?

    woman with acne
    Acne is a common skin disorder that affects almost 80% of teens and young adults up to age 30, but it can start at any age.

    Many people suffer from “Adult Acne.” Acne is caused by the interaction of 4 different factors:

    • The production of sebum by the sebaceous gland
    • The presence of the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes inside the pore
    • The corneocytes, or skin cells, become more “sticky” and build up in the pore
    • The release of chemicals in the pore that causes inflammation

    Acne treatment as performed by licensed health care providers is aimed at reversing one or more of those factors. Sometimes it takes a combination of acne treatments to reverse more severe acne. There are many different options for treating acne, but you can get the full range of options if you see your healthcare provider.

    How To Use Aloe Vera for Facial Skin Care

    To use Aloe Vera, first wash and dry your face thoroughly then apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel to your face. It can actually be applied anywhere you have acne, like your back for example. Aloe Vera gel absorbs into the skin quickly and works best when allowed to dry in the open air, so don’t put any clothing over the affected areas until the gel has been absorbed thoroughly. If you use 100% pure Aloe Vera gel, you can reapply it as often as you like.


    What is Edema?

    EdemaEdema is observable swelling from fluid accumulation in body tissues. Edema most commonly occurs in the feet and legs, where it is referred to as peripheral edema.

    The swelling is the result of the accumulation of excess fluid under the skin in the spaces within the tissues. All tissues of the body are made up of cells and connective tissues that hold the cells together. This connective tissue around the cells and blood vessels is known as the interstitium.

    Most of the body’s fluids that are found outside of the cells are normally stored in two spaces; the blood vessels (as the “liquid” or serum portion of your blood) and the interstitial spaces (not within the cells). In various diseases, excess fluid can accumulate in either one or both of these compartments.

    The body’s organs have interstitial spaces where fluid can accumulate. An accumulation of fluid in the interstitial air spaces (alveoli) in the lungs occurs in a disorder called pulmonary edema.

    In addition, excess fluid sometimes collects in what is called the third space, which includes cavities in the abdomen (abdominal or peritoneal cavity – called “ascites”) or in the chest (lung or pleural cavity – called “pleural effusion”).

    Anasarca refers to the severe, widespread accumulation of fluid in the all of the tissues and cavities of the body at the same time.

    Types of Edema

    Lower extremity diseaseClinically, there are two types of edema:

    1. Pitting
    2. Non-pitting edema

    Pitting edema is the term used to describe edema when pressure applied to the skin of the swollen area is released and an indentation is left behind. For example, when the skin is pressed with a finger or when stockings or socks induce indentation.

    Non-pitting edema is the term used to describe edema when this pressure-induced indentation does not occur. Non-pitting edema usually occurs in the arms and legs.

    Occasionally pitting edema and non-pitting edema can occur without an underlying disease and it is then known as idiopathic edema. This is most common in women who experience it in their legs and feet when they are pre-menstrual or pre-menopausal – it is then often known as cyclical edema.

    What are Some Symptoms of Edema?

    Symptoms of edema may include:

    • Persistent indentation of the skin (Pitting)
    • Swelling
    • Swollen feet, ankles and legs
    • Burning, soreness, tingling
    • Numbness
    • Cramps
    • Water retention or interstitial fluid
    • Puffiness
    • Abdominal bloating
    • Night sweats
    • Skin that is warm or hot to the touch

    How is Edema Diagnosed?

    The medical diagnoses of pitting and non-pitting edema are determined by the symptoms during a physical examination by a qualified physician.

    The medical doctor will examine the skin over the swollen area to check whether it may be stretched or shiny. By pushing gently on the swollen area for approximately 15 seconds, a dimple or indentation may be caused.

    Additional tests such as a urine test, blood test, a chest X-ray and electrocardiogram (ECG) may also be performed to confirm the cause of the edema.

    Edema itself is usually a symptom of an underlying condition and can be noticed as swelling or puffiness of your face, hands, feet, legs, or around your eyes. Amongst others edema can indicate disease of the heart, liver, thyroid, lymphatic system or kidneys (causing salt retention).

    If anyone experiences shortness of breath, chest pain, redness or heat in a swollen edematous area, or a swelling of only one limb, they should consult a licensed medical doctor immediately.

    Also, pregnant women who notice signs of edema should seek professional medical help. Because edema can be a symptom of a serious underlying disorder, and can cause serious consequences itself, it is always important to seek medical advice.

    How to Deal with Edema

    Depending on the causes of edema and whether it is temporary or permanent, the handling for it usually focuses on addressing the underlying condition that is causing it, as determined by a physician.

    A low dose of a diuretic (water pill) may be prescribed by a licensed healthcare professional to reduce the swelling and help you expel the excess fluid, but it is important to remember this just addresses the symptom and is not necessarily addressing the cause.

    If a blocked or damaged blood vessel is suspected as one of the causes of edema, surgery may be needed to improve the flow of blood.

    Blood thinners may also be prescribed by your physician to break down blood clots, which can cause edema. As the clot begins to break down, fluid drainage improves and thus swelling is reduced.

    Take care of sensitive skin and protect any swollen edematous areas of the body from pressure, injury and extreme temperatures. The skin over swollen areas becomes more fragile over time. Cuts, scrapes and burns in areas that have edema take much longer to recover and are open to infection.

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    Varicose Veins
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    Varicose VeinsVaricose veins are veins that have become enlarged and tortuous.

    The term commonly refers to the veins on the leg, although varicose veins can occur elsewhere.

    Furthermore, there is also another kind of vein condition that people may suffer from, Spider veins.

    Spider veins are smaller than what we typically refer to as varicose veins.

    They appear close to the surface of your skin and seem to branch off in various directions, sort of like “spaghetti lightning.”

    What You Can Do to Help Control Varicose Veins

    The symptoms of varicose veins can be controlled to an extent with the following:

    Elevate your legs as much as possible. If you can take half-hour breaks during the day to rest, do it. It is important to raise your legs up above the level of your heart to get the maximum effect and to do this for about a half-hour each time.

    Wear compression stockings (such as Ted Hose or Jobst stockings). The key is to put them on in the morning before you start walking around and before your veins become more swollen.

    Varicose VeinsIf you try them and experience worsening pain, especially after you have been walking, remove them and see your health care provider. You may have problems with the blood supply to your legs (the arterial supply, which provides oxygen).

    Try to maintain a healthy body weight.

    If you are driving on a trip or working at a desk all day, try to get up and walk around every hour or so to allow the muscles to pump the blood out of the veins.

    Avoid alcohol, which can cause the veins in your legs to dilate.

    See your health care provider if you have problems such as chronic constipation, urinary retention, or a chronic cough. Relieving conditions that are causing you to strain may help with the varicose veins.

    Avoid wearing tight clothing such as girdles or belts.

    Do not cross your legs when sitting.

    Walking is good exercise. It can help the muscles force the blood out of the deeper vein system.

    “I’ve used your skin cream on my large painful extremely itchy varicose vein. Within minutes, my leg felt great. No more scratching and tenderness – you have a wonderful product. Thank you.” – C.O.

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    “I have been using Corium 21 for the past three years. This cream is a miracle; it helps to eliminate spider veins, fixes cuts on skin, improves circulation, and helps dry skin. My heels and feet and baby soft, everywhere I use the cream the skin turns velvety soft. I have informed all my friends of this miracle cream. I am a firm believer of this wonderful product and I will never stop using it.” – A.C

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    What Causes Poor Circulation?

    Poor circulationCirculatory system problems arise when there is limited blood flow to the legs, hands, heart and rest of the body, including the fingers, toes and feet.

    The blood vessels become blocked as a fatty substance called plaque builds up and hardens and constricts the walls of the arteries and veins. This interrupts the normal flow of blood through the vessels and results in poor circulation.

    Some Results of Poor Circulation

    A variety of conditions can be brought on by poor circulation such as high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, varicose veins, peripheral artery disease, heart disease, kidney damage, aneurysms, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease and phlebitis.

    What Can Be Done To Improve Circulation?

    Circulatory system problems can be addressed with conventional medication, lifestyle changes as well as natural and alternative therapies. The primary objective, of course, is preventing circulatory problems and speeding recovery. Mild cases of poor circulation usually require an aerobic exercise program, a healthy eating plan and a low dose of aspirin.

    Your doctor may prescribe medication to relieve the pain and swelling. Other measures involve making certain important adjustments to your lifestyle such as eating a high fiber and low fat diet, exercising regularly, losing weight and quitting smoking.

    In addition, you would also have to revise your nutritional requirements by increasing your intake of water and eliminating refined foods such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar. Include low fat and high fiber in your diet to reduce cholesterol levels and improve circulation.

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    What is Lupus?

    Lupus Disease Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue.

    This results in symptoms such as inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, blood, the heart, and lungs.

    Under normal function, the immune system makes proteins called antibodies in order to protect and fight against antigens such as viruses and bacteria.

    Lupus makes the immune system unable to differentiate between antigens and healthy tissue.

    This leads the immune system to direct antibodies against the healthy tissue – not just antigens – causing swelling, pain, and tissue damage.

    What are the different types of Lupus?

    Several different kinds of lupus have been identified, but the type that we refer to simply as lupus is known as systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE. Other types include discoid (cutaneous), drug-induced, and neonatal.

    Patients with discoid lupus have a version of the disease that is limited to the skin. It is characterized by a rash that appears on the face, neck, and scalp, and it reportedly does not normally affect internal organs. However, there is no way to predict or prevent the path of the disease. If you feel you have Lupus symptoms, contact your local physician.

    SLE is more severe than discoid lupus because it can affect any of the body’s organs or organ systems. Some people may experience inflammation or other problems with only skin and joints, while other SLE sufferers may have joints, lungs, kidneys, blood, and/or the heart affected.

    This type of lupus is also often characterized by periods of flare (when the disease is active) and periods of remission (when the disease is dormant).

    Drug-induced lupus is caused by a reaction to certain prescription drugs and causes symptoms very similar to SLE. The drugs most commonly associated with this form of lupus are a hypertension medication called hydralazine and a heart arrhythmia medication called procainamide, but there are some 400 other drugs that can also cause the condition. Drug-induced lupus is known to subside after the patient stops taking the triggering medication.

    A rare condition, neonatal lupus occurs when a mother passes autoantibodies to a fetus. The unborn and newborn child can have skin rashes and other complications with the heart and blood. Usually, a rash appears but eventually fades within the first six months of the child’s life.

    Common Medications

    If you have Lupus, your doctor may want to discuss these medications any possible side effects with you.

    Three types of drugs are commonly used to treat lupus when signs and symptoms are mild or moderate. More aggressive lupus may require more aggressive drugs. In general, when first diagnosed with lupus, your doctor may discuss these medications:

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen sodium (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), have been used to treat a variety of signs and symptoms associated with lupus. NSAIDs are available over-the-counter, or stronger versions can be prescribed by your doctor.

    Check with your doctor before taking over-the-counter NSAIDs because some have been associated with serious side effects in people with lupus. Side effects of NSAIDs include stomach bleeding, kidney problems and an increased risk of heart problems.

    Antimalarial drugs. Although there’s no known relationship between lupus and malaria, these medications have proved useful in treating signs and symptoms of lupus. Antimalarials may also prevent flares of the disease. Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is the most commonly prescribed antimalarial. Side effects of antimalarial drugs include vision problems and muscle weakness.

    Corticosteroids. These drugs counter the inflammation of lupus but can have serious long-term side effects, including weight gain, easy bruising, thinning bones (osteoporosis), high blood pressure, diabetes and increased risk of infection.

    “I was diagnosed with Lupus 4 years ago. Along with that I also have Raynaud’s syndrome. My hands are very dry and swell up and they also get very cold and turn white. I’ve been using your skin cream for about a year and have found a tremendous difference in my hands. I really love the product and won’t use anything else.”

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    If you think you have lupus, consult with a medical doctor before embarking on any type of handling for this condition.

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    Caring for Burns – What You Can Do

    You can get burns from a number of different sources. The most common include:

    • hot liquids
    • hot objects
    • chemicals,
    • steam,
    • electricity,
    • the sun,
    • fire.

    For diagnostic and handling purposes, burns are generally categorized into the following three classifications:

    First-degree burns

    A first-degree burn is the least serious type of burn that you can suffer and involves only the outermost layer of your skin, called your epidermis.

    Your skin will likely be reddened and painful. It can also be swollen.

    In general, if a first-degree burn does not cover a significant portion of your body, it can be taken care of at home.

    Second-degree burns

    Second degree burnA second-degree burn is one in which the second layer of your skin (called your hypodermis) is also burned. In this type of burn, your skin will be extremely red with a spotted or blotchy appearance, and you will probably have blisters in the area of the burn.

    A second-degree burn typically causes severe pain and swelling.

    If you suffer a small and localized second-degree burn – no more than a few inches in diameter – you might be able to take care of it effectively at home. If the burned region is larger than this, or has occurred on your face, hands, feet, groin, buttocks, or a major joint, it is best to go to your doctor or local hospital for professional care.

    Third-degree burns

    A third-degree burn involves all layers of your skin, and possibly structures that are below your skin as well. Some areas of a third-degree burn are often charred black. You may experience severe pain, but if a nerve has been damaged by the burn, it is possible that you will feel little to no pain. All third-degree burns require immediate emergency medical care.

    How to Take Care of a Minor Burn at Home

      1. The first step that you should take to care for a minor burn is to hold it under cold, running water for 10 to 15 minutes. If cold, running water is not available, immerse the burn in cold water or cover it with cold compresses. Be sure not to put ice directly against the burn; direct contact with ice can cause frostbite and more damage.


      1. Do not apply butter to the burn. Butter will trap heat in the damaged tissues, which can potentially cause more damage and increase your chance of developing an infection.


      1. Once the burn has cooled via cold water or compress exposure, apply lotion to the area. Lotion may soothe any discomfort that you feel, and will also prevent dryness.


      1. Once the burn is moisturized, cover it with a sterile gauze bandage. Just be sure to wrap the burn loosely to avoid putting too much pressure on the wound.


    1. Sometimes, in order to prevent infection, your body will produce fluid-filled blisters. Do not break these blisters – they will resolve on their own. If they break on their own, you can wash the area with water and plain soap, dry it, then apply an antibiotic ointment and a loosely wrapped sterile gauze bandage.

    How to Take Care of Major Burns

    1. For all major burns, seek medical care as soon as possible.
    2. Be sure that the cause of the burn has been eliminated, but do not remove burned clothing that has adhered to your skin.
    3. Until you receive emergency medical care, cover the burned region with a dry, sterile bandage or a clean cloth. Use a cotton bed sheet for large areas. Do not use blankets or towels, as both have a tendency to stick to burns.
    4. Do not apply ointments or try to break blisters.

    Aloe Vera – A Potent Plant for Burns

    Aloe vera plantAs generations of mothers already know, Aloe Vera really is a wonderful plant when it comes to taking care of burns from fires.

    But many people don’t realize that using Aloe Vera is also a great way to handle nearly any type of burn, including sunburns, burns from hot surfaces and liquids, steam burns and even to some extent radiation burns.

    It is widely known that the amazing properties of Aloe Vera can soothe a wide variety of burns.

    The incredible properties of Aloe Vera for burns are undeniable. Studies have shown that Aloe Vera helps new skin cells form and hastens recovery. “Aloe vera is best known for its soothing and healing effects on
    burns and other wounds. Studies show that Aloe vera, when applied to a wound, increases both the rate of wound closure and the tensile strength of the wound via the proliferation of cells, including skin, liver, nerve and blood cells.” [From this article by the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research].

    The Aloe Vera plant has the amazing ability to provide essential nutrients needed to promote healthy tissue growth by the reducing inflammation and killing bacteria and other foreign organisms that thrive on damaged skin cells caused by burns.

    Aloe Vera’s cooling effect offers instant relief from burns and will typically prevent, or greatly reduce, blistering when applied immediately after receiving a burn.

    Growing your own Aloe Vera plant at home on a windowsill is one way to make sure you are prepared for any burns you may receive at home. However, we recommend the use of Aloe Vera gel, which comes in a convenient tube. Not only do they offer ease-of-use convenience, they are also very easily transported (to the beach, for example) and they allow you to slip the responsibility of growing the plant for yourself.

    For most families, a tube of Aloe Vera gel will last for months to come. It is very important to note though that many Aloe Vera gels on the market contain only a small percentage of Aloe Vera in them. You should always look for 100% stabilized Aloe Vera gels. Only these will give you the full power of Aloe Vera.

    People who suffer from skin ailments and seek cost-effective, natural alternatives, may want to try the time-tested results of the Aloe Vera plant’s gel. It is unlikely to cause any unwanted side effects.

    “Last year I had a friend call me, frantic and her young daughter burning her stomach as she pulled HOT liquid out of the microwave. She was terrified. She asked me if the Corium would soothe the burn. Of course I told her to get some medical attention but that the Corium would certainly soothe it. She called me back 3 weeks later and told me that her daughters stomach had scabbed over within 3 days of the burn and now looks like it did prior to the burn. No scar left or anything. I don’t know if she’s a customer now but I know it has made me even more proud to be a customer.” – L.S.

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    Simple Steps that May Help a Mild Sunburn

    Sunburned male back. Use cool cloths on sunburned areas.

    Take frequent cool showers or baths.

    You can apply lotions that contain Aloe Vera to sunburned areas.

    Topical steroids (such as 1% hydrocortisone cream) may also help with sunburn pain and swelling.

    Note: Do not use this cream on children younger than age 2 unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in the rectal or vaginal area in children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells you to.

    A sunburn can cause a mild fever and a headache. Lie down in a cool, quiet room to relieve the headache. A headache may be caused by dehydration, so drinking fluids may help.

    There is little you can do to stop skin from peeling after a sunburn — it is part of the process. Some lotions may help with the itching.

    Chamomile may also help your sunburn symptoms.

    “I went sunbathing and didn’t use any sun lotion (or any other lotion that morning) because I thought I would rotate from back to front and turn my face. Also, I wanted to get a tan. I ended up with quite a sunburn on my face and a small sunburned area on my back. I used the Corium 21 that night, as usual.

    By the next day my face was very red and hot. I put the Corium 21 on my face about three times and again two or three times the next day. It felt very soothing. By the 3rd day I had a very nice tan and my face did not peel at all!

    I did not put any cream on my back and it did peel! In the past I would have looked awful with peeling skin for several days. I know the lack of peeling was entirely due to using Corium 21. Thank you for sharing this product with me.”

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    Skin Abrasions

    Scraped knees of a little girlAbrasions are very common sports injuries that are usually caused by a fall on a hard surface. As the athlete falls or slides on the ground, friction causes layers of skin to rub off.

    The skin is composed of an outer layer (the epidermis) which provides protection, and a deep inner layer (the dermis), which gives the firmness and flexibility to the skin.

    The term “abrasion” typically refers to an injury that removes these layers of skin.

    Children often get skin abrasions from falls onto hard or rough surfaces.

    Tips for Skin Abrasions

    Most abrasions are shallow scrapes that do not extend into the dermis and don’t cause a great deal of bleeding.

    While there is often little or no blood loss from an abrasion, there can be a great deal of pain because of the many nerve endings that are exposed.

    Unfortunately, it is often hard to find natural remedies for abrasions, but here are some things you can do if you get an abrasion:

    1. Clean the abrasion with water and soap. Make sure there is no dirt, sediment, or other foreign materials in the wound.
    2. You may apply a calendula gel or cream to help prevent inflammation and infection. It also helps to further clean the wound.
    3. You may apply a general antiseptic to reduce the inflammation.
    4. Mix thyme essential oil into water and apply the mixture to sterile gauze or other bandage material.
    5. You may apply a few drops of lavender oil to the gauze in addition to the thyme essential oil.
    6. You may apply the gauze to the wound.

    Other natural ingredients effective in caring for abrasions are crushed marigold flowers. These are applied externally. Similarly, there are various leaves such as parsley leaves, plantain leaves, dock leaves, geranium leaves, and comfrey leaves that can be either crushed or pounded and applied to the abrasion.

    Onion juice and tea prepared from sage also are external applications used to avoid bacteria. Compressed witch hazel and lavender are also used for external applications.

    One of the most popular applications for abrasions is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera delivers wonderful benefits to your skin.

    “I have taken to using it on my entire body, and the softness is unbelievable. Rashes go right away. Hives disappear. Cuts heal in a day. I believe there are things that this cream clears up that aren’t even documented.

    Needless to say, I am thrilled with the product and will continue to use it and recommend it to everyone. Thank you for providing this marvel to the public.”
    – H.

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