Skin Health
Pityriasis Rosea: What Is It and How Can I Treat It?
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Pityriasis Rosea is a scaling red rash that can look shocking or horrid to those that have it. It appears in small patches in scattered areas of the body. The good news is that even without treatment it clears up in about four to six weeks, leaving no trace of anything at all.Most investigators believe it is caused by a virus, though a mild one, hence its occurrence at certain times of the year: often in the spring and fall, and rarely affecting other members of the family.

Usually, no treatment is needed unless the case is severe (in any case, consult your dermatologist if you think you have pityriasis rosea).
There are some products that can help speed up the clearing process, provide some relief, or at least keep skin as gently cared for as possible.

  • Pure virgin coconut oil can help because the lesions are scaling and dry, and because virgin coconut oil has antiviral properties.
  • VMV HYPOALLERGENICS® Grandma Minnie Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil applied all over can be very helpful. In addition to the USDA-certified organic virgin coconut oil, this product contains monolaurin, a coconut-oil derivative that provides even more (very safe and gentle) antiviral benefits.
  • Another option is the USDA-certified organic pure virgin coconut oil (the only ingredient) in Know-It-Oil.
  • Use a very mild product to cleanse the face and body, such as
  1. SuperSkin Care Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk for the face
  2. Grandma Minnie Coo and Clean Baby Wash for the body
  3. Apply Grandma Minnie’s The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm on the thicker scalier lesions twice a day.

This one skin rash that clears up faster with mild sun exposure so try to get a little bit of sun. STAY SAFE: it’s still better to get your minimum sun exposure before 10 AM and after 4 PM).

NOTE: While these suggestions were obtained directly from our resource dermatologists, pityriasis rosea is a skin condition that requires proper diagnosis and management by a qualified dermatologist. For best results, run these suggestions by your dermatologist (to help your physician further, print out the outlined steps and the ingredients of the products recommended above).

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