Moisture Eating Virus?


Post by Sandra


Hey there APJ! Hope everyone is doing well.

I am beginning to wonder if I have been infected with a new virus – the moisture eating virus that hits early September and then suddenly disappears again at the beginning of June. It had even gotten to the point before I started experimenting that my lips would bleed, the skin on my fingers would crack and bleed and my skin in general looked like an aged snake shedding its skin.

If you will allow me I will take you on my painful journey of being plagued with extremely dry and sensitive skin. It all began when I moved away from home at 18 to attend university. I moved to my first colder climate zone ever and was shocked to learn that I needed not only a warm comforter at night to keep me warm but that my skin would start experiencing dermatitis for the first time. Then I moved to Austria and everything went downhill from there. Not only did my skin worsen but I was also diagnosed with celiac which also comes with a plethora of skin issues. So, if you see me in the heat of summer – baking myself lazyly under the sun like the languid iguanas – it is for good reason – all my issues clear up in warmth and humidity and vitamin D! For the rest of the year I am stuck with spending my money on products that help me look like myself again.

Moisture Eating Virus?

What works for me? Perhaps I can help someone save time and money.


Cicaplast Levres – Baume Barriere Reparateur
This lip cream goes on smooth and soft. It takes away any cracks or bleeds and is specifically made for those of us who have autoimmune issues like celiac. Put it on at night and wake up to baby soft lips in the morning. In the winter I carry it with me in case I need it.


Lucas Pawpaw Ointment
I always carry a tube with me because not only do I use it on my lips but everywhere where I have a problem and I put some on and it stops me from looking like a psych patient wanting to scratch non-existent bugs out of my skin.



Bioderma Atoderm Huile de douche
I buy the 1 litre bottles and the whole family uses this excellent shower and bath oil. My skin in silky smooth after I use this.


Bioderma Atoderm PO Zinc
I can clear up almost any dermatitis with this. Not only do I use it on my body but in the dead of winter when my face needs extra moisture I put this on at night.



La Mer
My face is a tricky one because most creams that I have tried have resulted in a serious dermatitis outbreak. Fifteen years ago I was introduced to the La Mer Creme de La Mer and the La Mer Concentrate, love them and use them daily, and I have to admit that I am quite nervous in trying anything new. If you have any recommendations for me I welcome them because perhaps a newer formula would have even better results.

Neck and chest:


Clarins Face Treatment Oil Santal and Blue Orchid.
Both are wonderful but I reach for the Blue Orchid in the evenings as I find it a bit more nourishing than the Santal which I use during the day.

Do you have dry skin? What do you use? I would be very grateful for more tips as summer is only three months here and then I have to get serious again.

17 thoughts on “Moisture Eating Virus?

  1. French pharmaceutical brands are really good at creating products esp for dry and sensitive skins – Avene, La Roche Posay, Vichy …
    I would hit them up at the first instance.

    For face, I would use Korean sheet masks. And maybe apply their sleeping masks as a full body moisturiser.


    • Thank you Willa for your input. The French brands are amazing. You are the second person to mention Korean sheet masks so I will have to search for them over the summer now.


  2. Sorry to hear of all the skin problems you have Sandra. I am the fortunate one whose skin is actually always okay except that it is sensitive to sun (freckled body and the rest that goes with it…)
    My suggestion for you would be to look up an ayurvedic doctor and ask for a diet which would fit your problems. I realized that food and eating habits greatly influence our health and well being. Perhaps you could give it a try for some months and see if there is any difference?


    • Good point Neva! I know that milk products make things a lot worse for me. Perhaps an ayurvedic doctor will help me pinpoint any other problematic foods. Thank you for the needed nudge.


  3. Oh Sandra, this just sounds miserable. I’m so sorry you have to suffer like this for most of the year. No wonder you love the heat!

    I have dry, sensitive skin but it’s easily manageable, thankfully. use Cetaphil to cleanse my face, Sanex on my body and moisturise chin down with La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP. I hear CeraVe is also very good for people with skin conditions and just read on Volatile Fiction that Avène Cicalfate Repair cream is great for dry, irritated skin.

    I am going to check out that Bioderma bath and shower oil. Thanks for the tip.


    • Hi there Tara! Thanks for all of the tips. I plan on trying Cetaphil when I get to the States on the weekend. My suitcases are always full on the return with moisturisers and oils. Laroche Posay Lipikar is a great line of prodicts which helps tremendously. Sandra xo


  4. Hi Sandra, fellow celiac here, also with skin issues, rosacea, psoriasis, you name it. But I hate the sun since I also have lupus. I do better in the cold. I’ll take Austria over the hot, humid SE USA any day!


    • Oh rickyrebarco I am so sorry to hear that you have lupus on top of celiac and rosacea and psoriasis! I can completely understand why you like the cold over the heat. Xo


  5. I love Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I put it on before bed every night.
    I sometimes have bad reactions to beauty products. My last nasty rash came from a Kate Somerville moisturizer. The best thing I tried to get rid of it was Desitin diaper rash cream. It’s got zinc in it and it worked wonders.
    I always add oils to my face creams. My latest is avocado oil. If I don’t use an oil my face would crack and fall off in the winter it’s so dry.


    • Creams with zinc work very well for me too. Particulary Bioderma Atoderm PO Zinc. When I am at the worst this cream does wonders. I have got to find avocado oil. Face oils are my secret weapon now too!! Thanks Poodle.


  6. Hi Sandra, I too use Lucas paw paw that’s very good and inexpensive. I will try the bioderma body wash, good tip. Do you use olive oil in your diet and avocados, great for your skin. Come to Australia, that will solve vitamin D if you stay outside. Love to you Sandra G ?


    • Hi Anna Maria! Great to see you. We use only olive oil in our diet and avocados are one of my all time favorite treats. One of these days I will come to Australia and stay for as long as I can. xoxo


  7. Such an interesting post. After using the Bioderma shower oil I’m converted. I loved it and will buy a bottle next time I have the chance or get you to put in an order along with your next one. Smile. xxx


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