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Another post inspired by a search topic – Olive Oil and Epidermal Suffocation

Posted in Health with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by urbannight

No, it won’t kill you. Not even Olive Oil. Olive Oil will moisturize the heck out of you.

I’ve already discussed how people once thought it was possible to suffocate if the skin was completely coated with a non-breathable, or non-porous, substance.  That has been completely debunked.  While the skin does ‘breath’ to an extent, it has nothing to do with the respiratory system that keeps us alive.  Frequent coating with latex, gold paint, or grease paint may make the skin itself a little less healthy if a person does not take care of it properly in the first place.

As for olive oil —  even if you put yourself in a vat of the stuff, the only way you will suffocate is if you forget to come up for air.  Its breathing through the mouth and nose that keeps us alive.  It is the work of the lungs, not the skin, to pump oxygen into the blood stream.

In fact, olive oil was used as soap by the Romans.  They poured it over themselves, rubbed it in, and scrapped it off with a special tool called a Strigil.  This was a slightly curved wooden blade.  Sometimes salt was mixed with the oil to produce an exfoliating oil.  They might also crush herbs into the salt before mixing with the oil to produce a pleasant, scented exfoliant.  Sometimes, this mess that was scrapped into bows.  I call it a mess because it was full of sweat and dirt.  If the person was famous, like a gladiator with a large following, these bowls would be labeled and perfumers would purchase them.  Then they would make perfumes, aphrodisiac scents to be more exact, that people would buy to try to attract whomever they were interested in.

I imagine that the people who used less salt probably had amazing skin.  Olive oil is great for the skin.  In the winter, if you are having trouble with dry skin, the best thing to do is put a cap full into a warm bath.  Too hot dries the skin more.  Washing in slightly oily water is great for dry skin. 

Some people prefer to wash in the shower and then take a bath.  They don’t want to soak in dirty water.   I do see the logic in that but I also see the huge wastefulness of water.  I, myself, find that the water doesn’t start to get too dirty until I actively start washing.  So a pre-soak to relax before I scrub always feels good.

A little oil in the bath water will leave a bit of a residue on the tub.  So you want to be careful getting in and out.  But Olive Oil is a great moisturizer and you don’t ever have to fear that you may die if you cover your body in it.

Epidermal Suffocation

Posted in Entertainment, Health, Science with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2012 by urbannight

A lot of people seem to be looking up information on this idea. I’m seeing it pop up repeatedly on my search terms because I wrote a paragraph or two about James Bond and Bond movies. Most people know about this concept from the Bond movie, “Goldfinger”.

It is something the Medical World believed was possible at the time the movie was filmed. They thought that it was possible to suffocate if your skin was entirely covered with a substance air could not permeate.

The actress was wearing a small amount of clothing and the gold was put over that rather than the skin.  They also left a 6 inch patch of open skin on her belly.

The truth is that as long as you can breathe through your mouth and/or nose, using your lungs, you will not suffocate if your entire body is painted gold or covered in liquid latex. So long as nasal passages and mouth is left clear. If you block those, it doesn’t matter the condition of the skin, a person will suffocate.

The skin IS an organ. But it is not a third lung. It is a sensory organ, more like the eyes and nose and tongue and ears. There are some Eastern practices and holistic practices that do treat the skin like a third lung and it does ‘breathe’ to a limited extent, but is not the type of breathing that the actual lungs perform.

Constant covering of the skin in substances will block pores. The constant cleaning will be drying for the skin. For good skin health, doing this all the time might not be a good idea. But it won’t kill you.

The funny thing is that there is a beauty aide site out there that says using multiple products at the same time puts you at risk of epidermal suffocation. The site says this is because your body can’t absorb that many things at one time.

This is blatantly untrue. What will happen is that you may trigger a bad case of dermatitis. This is a red, bumpy rash that itches like crazy. It is an inflammation of the skin.

I triggered this one winter when I put all my lotions and oils out on a small table next to my tub/shower unit. I have terrible dry skin in the winter. It doesn’t matter how much water I drink. (Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your skin.) So I thought I would use these every time I showered. And I would randomly grab one or another when I started to get dry patches. The result was various products have reactions together that irritated my skin.

Since then, I can use any lotion during the summer months, but when the cold winter air hits, anything bothers my skin. The only thing that works is a bit of olive oil or baby oil in the bath when I take one and petroleum jelly on dry patches when I go to bed at night. The doctor told me the number one product for the skin is petroleum jelly.