Since I was a child, I bruise easily. My Mom was always so concerned she sought after several doctors to find out why. Well, I guess I just easily bruise although sometimes my B-12 gets low and I do bruise more than my usual “lots of bruises” at those times. I have got photos of some of my bruising, which I may post in a follow up posting. They are a bit embarrassing. Generally, they appear on my upper thighs and arms but strangely, they sometimes show up in the oddest places and in small clusters. In winter, it’s not so bad as the bruising is hidden but in Spring and Summer, it’s quite frustrating as I love wearing dresses with bare legs and tanks and shorts.
I use Arnica Montana after a recommendation from a dermatologist, orally and topically, when I notice more bruising appearing or when I bump myself and know the results will be “black and blue”.
I recently tried the DerMend brand of moisturizing bruise formula. It’s easily available at drugstores like Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies and mass retailers like WalMart. It has Arnica in the formulation. It indicates that it is “Dermatologist Recommended” right on the top of the tube. That caught my eye. The formula contains alpha hydroxy acid also. The combination of that and Arnica seems right on to me.
I have not been using it regularly and the directions indicate that you should use it twice daily. I am not the beast with routines. I will be more committed in the future. The first time I tried it, the first words I said were “it goes on nice”. It smells pleasant too and absorbs well.
I am headed to New York for a business trip and inevitably, I will return with bruises. I am taking along the DerMend bruise formula with me and I will use it twice daily. Last trip to NY, I really tripped, well, rather just full on fell onto my knees while climbing stairs. The bruising was crazy bad and almost instant. This time, I am traveling prepared with the cream and some comfy shoes for walking. Typing and thinking this reminded me of my days attending the Emmy’s as a publicist, yikes! The bruises I got every time there…wow! There are really just too many people in the outdoor crowds there. Bumping and banging into each other to see the stars.
Please keep in mind that according to http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org “Bruising easily can be normal in some people and becomes more common as we age. But bruising easily may also signal an underlying medical problem. You should have this problem evaluated by your primary care doctor, especially if the bruising developed recently or has become more frequent or more severe.”
Find out more about the DerMend line of products at: dermend.com