When we think about fibromyalgia, we immediately think of muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, digestive and cognitive issues. However, it has been estimated that about 80% of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia will also develop significant skin-related symptoms – dry skin, rashes, itchiness, bruising and mottled skin – which can cause a great deal of discomfort and distress.
If you have fibromyalgia, you know exactly what it means to be uncomfortable in your own skin!
The most common skin-related fibromyalgia complaint is itching. Of course, our natural inclination is to scratch that itch. Unfortunately, scratching only causes further irritation and also allows any bacteria under our nails to get into our skin. Thus begins the "I" parade: Itching – Irritation – Inflammation and sometimes Infection. To make matters worse, fibromyalgia patients also frequently have dry skin, which can make the itching even worse.
What Causes Fibromyalgia Skin Conditions?
While the exact cause behind skin problems in fibromyalgia is not completely clear, we do have evidence of at least a couple of contributing factors.
Several studies have found that people with fibromyalgia have a significantly increased number of mast cells in their skin tissues. Part of the immune system, mast cells are a type of white blood cells that release histamine and other substances, which can lead to skin irritations.
Side effects of many medications include dry skin, rashes and itching.
Whether caused by mast cells, a side effect of medication or something else entirely, the result is the same – a loss of natural oils (lipids) and water from the skin's epidermis (outer layer), which shows up as itchy, dry, scaly and irritated skin.
Repairing Dry, Itchy Skin
In order to repair itself, your skin needs three things: moisture, blood flow and lipids. Of the three, lipids play the biggest role, according to a 2015 study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. 
Even though lipids only make up 10-15% of the outer layer of skin, they do 90% of the work to control blood flow and distribute nutrients within the skin, supporting all three layers: the hypodermis (inner), dermis (middle), and epidermis (outer). Increased blood flow and proper moisture levels of your skin rely on the presence and balance of these vital lipids.
On the surface of your skin, the essential skin lipids consist primarily of free fatty acids, cholesterol and ceramides. When these get out of balance, the skin's natural protective barrier breaks down and moisture escapes, causing the skin to dry out and becomes weak.
The term used to define this condition is lipid depletion. It can occur slowly or it can happen quickly. Fortunately, though, human skin is an amazingly resilient organ. If you restore and maintain proper lipid balance, your skin will naturally rebuild itself. The barrier will be restored, blood flow will increase, and your skin will once again retain moisture.
The Key to Restoring Lipid Balance
Successfully restoring lipid balance requires applying foundational lipids to your skin in a form your body can convert into free fatty acids, ceramides, and cholesterol. Thanks to a revolutionary breakthrough in lipid replenishment, you no longer need complicated skin care routines, exotic oils, or expensive skin creams to rejuvenate and maintain healthy skin.
Cabot P.O.L. Phospholipids Cream was scientifically designed to deliver essential lipids to the skin, support natural healing and keep skin in its healthiest possible condition. A clinical trial performed by International Research Services reveals that it works as claimed. During this trial, participants who used the renewal cream reported:
Greater elasticity of their skin by the end of the 12-week study.
Smoother skin, especially on their hands and arms.
A more youthful appearance.
Skin firmed in as little as eight weeks. (And it even remained firm even after participants stopped using the product.)
Trial researchers reported:
Blood flow improved immediately.
Skin hydration improved.
Improved skin tone and pigment evenness.
Collagen improvements. (Ultrasound images show the dramatic difference between collagen levels at the beginning of the trial and at the end.)
Daily use encouraged micro-vessel growth. (These are the tiny blood vessels that supply nutrients and keep the skin nourished and healthy.)
The results of this clinical trial demonstrate how providing your skin with the building blocks it needs can allow for healing at every level.
The Science Behind Cabot P.O.L. Phospholipids Cream
Cabot P.O.L. Phospholipids Cream features three vital skin nutrients: phospholipids, glycolipids and ceramides. Of special note are the phospholipids, which attract moisture at the top and repel moisture at the bottom. This function is crucial to increasing and maintaining the skin's moisture. Phospholipids supply the vital skin lipids that restore, rebuild and renew the skin's moisture barrier function.
Let's take a quick look at the role each of these three vital skin nutrients plays:
Phospholipids are the main building block nutrient for every cell in the human body. They make cell walls firm but resilient so they can bend without breaking. They also stimulate cell growth, an important part of microcirculation – the blood flow into tiny blood vessels that feed and nourish organs including your skin.
The phospholipid molecules break down to form free fatty acids, the most abundant oil on the outer layer of the skin. This makes them effective on the surface of the skin, as well as in deeper layers. Plus, this unique molecule attracts and holds water, making it an effective moisturizer.
- Ceramides are waxy lipids composed of free fatty acids and sphingolipids. They strengthen cell membranes and play a role in cell renewal.
- Glycolipids regulate cell activity including growth and cell death.
Together, these three nutrients support natural healing and rejuvenation of the skin by rebuilding the moisture barrier, improving blood flow, and keeping moisture in and germs and infection out.
Additional Nutrients that Encourage Healing
In addition to supplying natural oils, lipids help the body restore blood flow, as reported by the clinical trial. This plays an important role in skin health, as blood delivers vital nutrients. Of course, the problem with damaged skin is the absence of both these vital nutrients and the micro-vessels in the skin that supply them.
To help support the rebuilding of these tiny blood vessels and speed skin recovery, POL cream delivers additional nutrients that include:
Saccaromyces ferment. This unique protein supports and increases production of hyaluronan, an integral part of hyaluronic acid and a vital component that keeps skin moist.
Glycerin. Glycerin encourages moisture retention, supports the intercellular layer that keeps skin firm, and helps maintain the skin barrier.
Vitamin A. This natural antioxidant stimulates cell growth and regulates sebum, the protective barrier on hair that also protects against infection.
Vitamin E. It acts as an antioxidant and protects skin lipids. It plays an important part in skin repair.
Safflower oil. As the skin ramps up production of natural oils, this light oil helps form a barrier and prevent moisture and oil loss. It is also well tolerated by people with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Who Uses Cabot P.O.L. Phospholipids Cream?
Doctors and nurses turn to Cabot P.O.L. Phospholipids Cream for themselves and their patients. Many patients who have used it to treat medical conditions continue to use it for daily maintenance, to erase wrinkles and for a more youthful looking appearance.
It has helped heal the skin of patients who suffer from a variety of skin irritations including; dry itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, diabetic skin conditions, bed sores, pressure sores and peripheral artery or vascular disease.
Suggested Use: Apply liberally as often as needed.
Side Effects: No side effects were reported in clinical trials.
Product Notes: The product does not contain steroids, parabens or fragrances. It has a mild, natural earthy scent. Trial participants reported the scent was uplifting, clean, light, fresh and pleasant.
Contraindications: External use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not apply directly to open wounds.
Precautions: If you suffer from serious skin conditions or take any medications, it is always recommended to consult with your doctor to ensure no undesirable interactions occur.
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2. Frumento RJ. IRSI Pilot Study Evaluation Summary. 2013 Nov 20.