Living with chronic nerve pain can feel like an uphill battle. Along with the pain itself, you may find yourself experiencing other changes, including changes to your skin. Many people with chronic nerve pain notice that their skin texture and color are different. But how does nerve pain affect the skin? What can you do about it? Let’s look at the causes of these changes and how to help skin changes from chronic nerve pain.
How Does Nerve Pain Affect the Skin?
Although anyone with nerve pain can experience skin changes, they tend to be more common in people with peripheral neuropathy. Why? Because the same nerves affected by this condition also feed your muscles, skin, and organs.
If these nerves become damaged or aren’t functioning like they used to, they can’t feed your skin properly. Over time, this leads to changes in the skin’s texture and color. While not as common, some people may also experience changes in temperature and touch sensations.
People with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) may also experience skin changes. CRPS is a chronic condition that causes inflammation, redness, and pain in the hands and feet. Those with this condition may experience changes in skin texture, color, and sensations.
How to Help Skin Changes from Chronic Nerve Pain
If your chronic nerve pain is changing your skin’s texture and color, there are steps you can take to help protect your skin. Here are some tips.
Manage the Underlying Condition
The first and most important step is to manage your condition. Damaged nerves may struggle to supply your skin with vital nutrients. Stopping or slowing the progression of this damage may prevent your skin changes from getting worse.
Work with your doctor to find a treatment plan that works for you and your condition. If you’re considering natural therapies to complement your treatment, discuss these as well.
Keep Your Skin Clean
To prevent skin infections and other complications from chronic nerve pain, wash with a mild soap. Keep your skin clean, but make sure that you’re not using products with harsh or drying ingredients.
Wear Protective Footwear
If your nerve pain is affecting the skin on your feet, wearing protective footwear may help. Avoid going barefoot if you can, and always wear clean socks.
Apply Moisturizer to Affected Areas
Changes to skin texture may be remedied with moisturizer. In addition, keeping the skin hydrated will promote healthy texture and may even help restore your skin’s barriers.
Use a moisturizer designed for very dry skin. Look for fragrance-free products with natural ingredients.
Try Moisturizing Pain Creams
A moisturizing pain cream can help hydrate your skin and reduce your pain. Creams with natural ingredients, like essential oils, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid, are preferred because they’re gentler and less likely to cause side effects.
We have quite a few moisturizing creams that can help with nerve pain, including:
- Royal Warrior+ Frankincense and DMSO Cream: Formulated with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, black seed oil, coconut butter, and olive leaf pump moisture into the skin without feeling greasy. MSM, frankincense essential oil, DMSO, Boswellic acid, and hemp extract help reduce pain. Vitamins and minerals nourish the skin to help it look and feel healthier as well!
- Pain Warrior+ Soothing Relief DMSO Cream: Formulated with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, shea butter, black seed oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and more for hydration. Hemp extract, magnesium, Boswellic acid, MSM, DMSO, and a pain bomb of cooling essential oils help reduce pain and inflammation. Vitamins and minerals reinvigorate the skin without leaving a residue behind.
- Frankincense DMSO Gel with Hyaluronic Acid: Formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for hydration. DMSO and frankincense essential oils help reduce pain and relieve stress fast.
All of our pain creams contain natural and USP-grade ingredients to ensure the highest quality.
For skin texture changes caused by nerve pains, exfoliation may help. However, it’s essential to use a gentle exfoliant to prevent further irritation and discomfort.
Chemical exfoliants are generally less abrasive and gentler on the skin than other exfoliating products. Products with AHA are ideal, but BHA-based exfoliants may be okay if you have oiler skin.
Physical exfoliants, like sugar scrubs, can also work well, but they may be too harsh if your skin is irritated or sensitive.
Whenever you exfoliate, be sure to follow up with a good moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Try Aloe Vera
If your skin is irritated or swollen, try using soothing products like aloe vera. You can use the gel straight from the plant, or you can purchase aloe vera creams and gels. Apply generously to the affected area and follow up with a moisturizer.
Take Care of Your Skin
If you’re suffering from chronic nerve pain, it’s important to take extra care of your skin. Keep it moisturized and healthy. Wear protective footwear and socks if your feet are affected. Most importantly, take steps to help manage the underlying condition and treat the pain.