In the last two months, I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different techniques and topical creams to quell the intense discomfort that the pod adhesive causes my skin. Now that the air has turned dry in Minnesota, the contact dermatitis is very scaly as it heals.
I’ll cut to the chase. The best method I for caring for and treating the dermatitis is as follows:
1. If possible, remove the pod after a warm shower when the adhesive is water-logged.
2. Don’t wash the area with soap. Cetaphil types might be okay, but I haven’t tried them.
3. After the area is relatively dry, apply thick layer of lotion with Shea Butter. Rub gently, but let most of it absorb on it’s own.
4. Re-apply a thick layer each day thereafter until healed.
My sites were taking up to 10 days to fully heal, and now it’s down to 3-5. I’ve just been using Bath & Body Works Body Cream. Simple as that. Nothing too expensive, nothing medicated. Previous to this, I tried: alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), hydrocortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, and petroleum jelly, all in varying amounts. Nothing heals it like plain old Shea Butter!