Topical Skin Treatment

Any topical skin treatment will do one thing; deliver an active ingredient through various layers of skin, or dermis.

The most common topical skin treatment is a moisturizer which treats dry, chafed or cracked skin to provide temporary relief from painful symptoms.

There are many causes of irritated and dried skin:

Dry air

Exposure to elements such as wind, water or sweat

Reduction in production of natural moisturizers, as in old age

A skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis

Occasionally some of these conditions create scaly skin which is a visible detachment of cells from the surface of the skin. Cells slough off in normal skin too however they detach one at a time. In scaly skin the cells attach to each other to form small sheets of skin that can be seen leaving the body.

The best way to reduce the symptoms of irritable, dry or scaly skin is to eliminate, wherever possible, the conditions that cause the trouble. Take fewer baths during the dry winter months, but in the summer take more to wash away sweat and dirt particles that can cause skin inflammation.

When an occupation or sports passion does not allow for a reduction in activity, people with painful skin conditions often turn to emollients and moisturizers. By definition, moisturizers add moisture and emollients soften the skin however, they are commonly used interchangeably.

The most popular moisturizers are occlusive which consist of oil as an active ingredient, mixed with water to form a lotion.

There are a variety of occlusives such as:




Bath oils

Depending upon the severity of the skin irritation, a person might prefer a light lotion to a thicker cream. It is often trial and error as side effects are usually non-existent with a topical skin treatment moisturizer.

Udder Balm & Professional Biking

The use of Udder Balm & Professional Biking is growing, with more and more athletes turning to the unusual cream to sooth sore and chafed skin.

Udder balm moisturizer was developed for the dairy industry so farmers could apply a topical cream to the udders of their cows.

Farmers reported softer hands after they applied the udder balm to their cows. Now it’s use is spreading to the sporting world, with one bicycle enthusiast commenting:

“Hello Dr. Naylor,

I grew up in Morris, New York and Udder Balm has always been in the house for minor skin irritations.  Now that I am 50+ and got into competitive cycling some 25 years ago, udder balm is again a daily ointment for saddle sores and minor skin irritations.  I have tried ever cyclist type balm product on the market and nothing beats Dr. Naylor Udder balm.  I have completed the LotoJa one day 203 mile bike race 8 times, with a 1st and 3rd place in my categories and have moved on to annually competing in 24 hours of Moab on relay team for 8years.  Our Moab masters team all use Dr. Naylor’s udder balm with a passion, and have nailed down 1st place in our category 3 years in a row.  This stuff works great, not just on race day, but more importantly the many miles required to get in shape leading up to an extreme event.  In 25 years rarely have I missed a ride due to a saddle sore.  Thanks Dr. Naylor for a great product.  If cows could talk, I am sure they recommend it as well.”

Though not approved for use on humans, udder balm has an undeniable following among people looking for an alternative and holistic method of skin care, and that includes the combination of Udder Balm & Professional Biking.

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Sports Practice Skin Care

Most sports practice skin care deals with rashes on the skin, a common complaint among athletes for many reasons.

Some runners and bicycle racers traverse off-road courses that take them into woodlands with toxic plants.  Poisonous plants such as poison ivy, sumac and oak are among the three most common trouble makers for people who walk, run or bike beside or into woods.

All three plants contain the toxin urushiol which irritates the skin upon contact.  According to the Northwestern University Health website, the symptoms of poison plant contact are:
Extreme itching and red rash
Red blisters or bumps
A rash that appears in streaks

If you have skin swelling and itching, wait a few hours for the tell tale “comet’s tail” red rash.  This occurs when the leaves of the poison plant brush the skin and the rash appears in just the same place as the brush.

One of the myths of poison plants is that the rash can spread from person to person.  The only thing that can spread is the oily urushiol.  The rash itself cannot jump from one person to the next.

The best prevention, according to the Food and Drug Administration, is to avoid the source of the toxin.  Learn how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac.  The old saying “leaves of three, let them be” is helpful while performing activity in affected areas.

Wash your running shoes and bicycle after a trip through or near woodlands.  Wear protective clothing and cover your skin wherever practical to do so.

In the event your skin cannot be covered up during your sport, ask your health professional for a good barrier cream.  Over the counter or novel homeopathic remedies can help, allowing for good sports practice skin care.

Sports Skin Cream

Experts agree that sports are essential for a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, injuries are inherent with these activities and steps must be taken to avoid or lessen the impact of an otherwise healthy alternative to becoming a couch potato.

One of the most common injuries in sports is abrasions.  These occur when one falls on a hard surface such as pavement, but it can also occur on artificial turf.

Another way to injure the skin is with ordinary chafing that occurs with rubbing two surfaces together over a period of time.  Whether it is the rubbing of skin against skin, skin against clothing or skin against pavement, chafing and abrasion occurs when layers of skin rub off.

Most injuries don’t extend deep into the layer of dermis, or skin.  They don’t cause much bleeding.  At the same time, they can be very painful because the nerve endings are exposed.  When this happens the best treatment is to clean and protect.

Begin by cleaning the skin with soap and water.  Apply peroxide to a cotton pad and gently wipe the area.  You’ll likely see the skin begin to turn fizzy and white.  This occurs when the peroxide makes contact with bacteria and it is a sign the peroxide is doing its work.

Any deep and bleeding skin should be seen by a doctor.  However there are products that can alleviate discomfort in the interim.  Use a clean gauze to gently wipe away blood and debris from the skin.

As long as the skin is not oozing, applying a thin layer of skin cream might provide relief from the hot pain of tender skin. Though not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration, many athletes nevertheless have found good results with Dr Naylor’s Udder Balm  for minor abrasions.

There are many kinds of sports skin cream to turn to when inflamed skin gets the better of you.

Alternative Medicine for Bicycle Racers

Good alternative medicine for bicycle racers does exist and it is an important part of training for a race.  Most people think the only thing you have to think about is having a well-designed bike but the clothing, nutrition and skin care are also vital components to a good outcome.

There is evidence that bicycle seats with the familiar “nose” in the front impact a male’s reproductive health.  For long distances, talk to your doctor about a newly designed bike seat lacking the divider in the middle.

Even with a good gel seat, blisters and chafing are a common problem.  The repetitive motion of the legs over the course of a race can create friction between the skin and clothing, or sometimes between two skin surfaces.

Left unattended, the skin can crack and bleed.  This is especially true of older riders who have decreased skin elasticity.  Diet can improve the condition somewhat.

A deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids and zinc, found in fish such as salmon and tuna and in avocados and walnuts can boost your levels of this crucial dietary component.  Foods with high zinc content are shellfish, red meat and legumes.

Water is essential for any athlete and will keep sensitive skin well hydrated.  Soaking the affected area in warm soapy water for 15 minutes at night will bring relief to cracked and chafed skin.  If you have the convenience of home, moisturize the skin with a mixture of sesame or olive oil.  Another alternative skin care method is Dr. Naylor’s Udder Balm, which some bicyclists swear does a good job with troubled skin.

Finally, for a luxurious alternative exfoliant, combine mashed strawberries with equal parts brown sugar and rub over the skin.  Close your eyes, rest, enjoy the fragrance and wash off with warm water.

Alternative medicine for bicycle racers involves ingredients as close as the pharmacy or drug store.

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Topical Skin Cream

Every topical skin cream has one thing in common.  It is applied to the skin where it gets absorbed through the various layers.  Beyond that, there is much variety in the types of skin creams available today.

The application of skin cream is most often nonocclusive, which means it is placed on the skin and exposed to the air.  This allows particular kinds of abrasions and wounds to dry.

Occlusive preparation is quite different.  In this case a dressing placed over the cream on the skin keeps air out and delivers a more potent and concentrated form of the active ingredient in the cream.

Many wrapping methods are employed in the preparation of an occlusive dressing.  Ordinary household plastic wrap is commonly used, but other semi-permeable materials are used as well.  These provide flexibility and transparency without the total barrier to the air.

One of the common formulas wrapped over skin wounds and abrasions are zinc oxide gelatin which is successful for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, skin lesions, psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions.

Recently, the protocol for treating burns has changed.  Whereas doctors used to advocate wounds be allowed to dry, they now believe it’s best to grow new skin under a sterile but moist environment.  These ointments include highly sophisticated ingredients that combine the proper percentage of lubrication and anti-infection agents.

Of course the majority of people will never need treatment for severe burns.  Most people are bothered only slightly by minor skin problems such as scrapes, chafing and superficial cuts and scratches.

When this happens you will want to clean the skin with soap and water, apply a disinfectant like peroxide, and then an ordinary cream or lotion from the drug store.  Everyone has their favorite making topical skin cream anything you want it to be.

How to Prevent Runner’s Chafing

Uncomfortable runner’s chafing need not sideline you.  The first step is to recognize the cause of the problem.

Runner’s chafing is usually the result of clothing moving too much against the tender skin of the thighs or the thighs themselves rubbing together.

Topical lotions and creams can help.  Any good skin lubricant can provide protection from rubbing. Many runners say old-fashioned and inexpensive items do the trick such as Vaseline petroleum jelly or Dr. Naylor’s Udder Balm.

Another technique for avoiding runner’s chafing is to shower just prior to a run to soften the skin, and then after a run to remove sweat and dirt particles.

If you are running over a series of days it is important to wear laundered shorts.  Running clothes that house sweat can contribute to the abrasive nature of fabric under warm and strenuous conditions.

Make sure you take in plenty of fluids.  Hydration is key to warding off painful rubbing.  Dehydration on the other hand can dry perspiration into gritty salt that exacerbates chafing.

Sometimes, during very hot weather or particularly long runs, lubricant alone is not enough.   Some runners apply powder before a run.  Talcum, cornstarch or potato starch, all available at the grocery store or drug store can provide good protection.

Technologically advanced clothing keeps the skin comfortable while running.  The old school of thought that natural fabrics are best is replaced with 21st century ideas about synthetic fabric.  Technologically advanced nylon fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin are now favored over cottons and wools.

Before you start a running regimen keep in mind the essential components to comfortable skin: Washing, Hydrating, Lubricating and Clothing.  All of these combined will help you focus on the success of your run without having to take time off to heal sore skin from runner’s chafing.

Sports Medicine Supplies

Here are sports medicine supplies to give as affordable gifts for the people in your life whom you love.

Foam rollers are a popular item that mimics an actual sports massage.  It stretches tendons and muscles and breaks down muscular scar tissue.  You use your body weight to massage yourself and to improve blood circulation and flow to soft tissues.

Every athlete must stay hydrated.  When water alone is not enough electrolyte tablets replace fluids without the carbohydrates common in store bought sports drinks.  Only one tablet dissolved into a water bottle replaces lost electrolytes without the high calorie count of the popular sports drinks.

If you run in the cold weather, two items are indispensable, running gloves and a running cap.  The key to these items is comfort and flexibility.  You want a lightweight fabric that wicks moisture away from the body and keeps the skin dry.  The best caps also have lightweight fabric and since they come in a variety of colors leading many runners to collect a variety of them.

If you bike, whether for racing or for recreation, no doubt you’ve experienced the discomfort of skin chafing which occurs with friction.  The best treatment for that is a good protective layer of cream.  Some bicyclists find a generous layer of cream applied to the skin beneath well-fitting shorts, provides a virtual second layer of “skin”.

You needn’t spend a lot of money on this cream.  You might find relief, as some bicyclists do with an unusual product called Dr. Naylor’s Udder Cream.  Although not government sanctioned for this purpose, word is spreading among athletes and they are recommending this product.

There are many sports medicine supplies you can give as little gifts and your athlete will thank you for it.

Alternative Sports Medicine

News in alternative sports medicine from Baltimore, Maryland shows researchers have a biologic way to lure the compounds from herbal medicines that give them their healing properties.

Study co-author Laura Dosanjh, a graduate student of pharmacology at the University of Maryland says “this provides the first step to find, from all of the hundreds of compounds in herbs, which ones have potential for medicinal purposes.  And you can do this very quickly and efficiently”.

Herbs are at the top of the list of alternative medicine, but until now, the scientific community has struggled to explain why herbs work.  The Food and Drug Administration has only approved one herbal treatment, an herbal ointment made of green tea leaves for the treatment of genital warts. Other ointments not endorsed by the FDA enjoy word of mouth advertising.

The latest method utilizes tiny worms that extract compounds found in two alternative Chinese herb formulas for the purposes of increasing life expectancy.  The two materials that showed the most promise were ginseng and cinnamon.

The researchers found cinnamon bark extended life span of the worms nearly 11 percent.  The ginseng root increased life span by nearly 8 percent.  Both of the materials thin out hydrogen peroxide in cells which contribute to aging by destroying cells.

The other promising result shows hope for the treatment of Alzheimers disease.  These herbs reduced the cell toxicity factor amyloid which is a marker of development of the brain wasting disease.

Alternative sports medicines like herbs and ointments are growing in popularity.  The Journal of the American Medical Association reports 49 percent of American adults used alternative medicine in the previous year, even though their effectiveness has been difficult to prove.

Because herbal meds are usually a mixture of various herbs, it was impossible to extract the most effective compounds until the worms at the University of Maryland.  Now alternative sports medicine has a new ally in the scientific world.

Bicycle Racing and Your Skin

Nothing hampers bicycle racing like a case of saddle sores.  Those are infectious boils of skin that break out from too much friction on the skin and sweat.

The best advice about saddle sores is to prevent them.  Once they form, a bicyclist will need to take a break, and for serious racers, a lost week of training is difficult to overcome later.

One simple method to prevent saddle sores is to make sure your bike shorts get washed.  Many racers don’t do this on long road trips because laundry facilities are scarce.  However, trainer Chad Butts of upstate New York suggests you bring your shorts into the shower with you for washing if a washing machine isn’t nearby.

A good-fitting bike seat, or saddle, is another key ingredient to avoiding painful skin conditions.  The bike shop will help you find the right size and proportion to alleviate the pressure on the pelvic floor.  Once you select a saddle, be sure it and the handlebars are the proper height.  This will prevent sores by having the correct angle to the body on the bike.

If you haven’t ridden in awhile, or it’s the start of training season where you live,  it’s important to build up your hours on the bike slowly over time.  Sensitive tissues in the groin need time to adjust to the strain of sitting on a saddle.

Some bike riders apply a protective barrier ointment, such as Udder Balm, to the groin area, especially where the skin is sore after a ride.  They claim this will facilitate adhesion between your bike shorts and your skin and prevent rubbing of the fabric against the skin.

Racer Steve Sloan says Dr. Naylor’s Udder Balm works well. “Udder Balm was a hit.  We handed out more samples this weekend and got still more positive responses”.

With careful preparation saddle sores need not ruin your success at bicycle racing.