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Three nights ago I noticed that after washing my hands they felt really sticky, almost like when you use the last paper towel on the roll and you get that glue residue on your hands. However, it wasn't the last paper towel so I figured maybe the liquid soap was really old and doing funky things so I rewashed with dish soap and again grabbed a paper towel. Once again, my hands got sticky as I dried them off. Thinking now that there was something wrong with these paper towels, I washed again and this time dried with a hand towel only to yet again find my hands sticky as they dried off. The stickiness only lasts 30-60 seconds, until the skin completely dries, but during that in-between time of soaking wet and totally dry they feel very tacky to the touch and my fingers will actually stick to each other.

The next day when I took a shower I noticed that the water was beading up on the skin on my arms. Sure enough, when I dried off afterwards I found that all of my skin is tacky to the thouch until it is completely air dried.

Today I shaved my legs and my skin felt almost like it had a layer of wax on it that kept catching the razor. The skin on my hands seems to be getting more sticky when they get wet. Water continues to bead on my skin when it gets wet. I asked my children if they can feel that my skin is sticky to the touch and they said yes.

This is affecting all of my skin now, including my face. I always put a moisturizer on my face after washing and it does not feel like my skin is absorbing it now, it just feels heavy and greasy since the lotion just sits there on top. I also tried putting lotion on my hands and it was not absorbed at all, just left my hands feeling very slimy and greasy so I wiped it off.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this or have any suggestions for what might be causing it? Thanks for any held you can give.

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has anyone figured out any remedy/solution at all to this issue? i definitely have the exact same problem as described in the original post =(

June 29, 2015 - 5:56pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Be conscientious about what you put in and on your body. Try to avoid genetically modified foods. Easiest way to do that (but expensive) is to eat organic and avoid processed foods. Research GMOs on the internet. If people stop buying GMO products, companies will change. It's up to us. It's bad science and we're the Guinea Pigs.

June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
mahniah (reply to Anonymous)

That's all good advice but it has nothing to do with this sticky skin problem. I haven't eaten anything nonorganic for 47 years, never tasted anything containing a GMO product,do eat minimally processed foods like whole grain bread, and the like. And yet I have sticky skin.

July 3, 2015 - 9:27am
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Hank here (again)- These posts are very informative and we need all the info we can get. So, tell your tale of woe along with any success stories here. Please!
I noticed a post that raised the issue of GMO agriculture and GMO food's possible involvement in our sticky skin problems. With that thought I'm asking all to speak up with any thoughts and/or information along this line. Examples-
Do you knowingly eat GMO food items?
Do you try to avoid GMO food?
Do you live in an area that has lots of GMO agriculture actyivity
Have you noticed any changes, better or worse, in allergy problems?
Have you noticed any changes in your neurological health-the senses?
Any other thoughts or comments?
Thyank you, Hank

December 6, 2014 - 7:29pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Lora here.
I try to avoid GMO foods, but one should probably consider the majority of corn as being GMO, and corn is in a lot of products. Best to avoid all processed foods. That's a challenge. So is avoiding gluten.

I'd like to open up another can of worms...chemtrails . Once dismissed as a conspiracy theory, it is now accepted as a fact that we are being sprayed with chemicals (aluminum, barium, & other) and it's having a devastating effect on our eco-system. Google Dr. Russell Blalock to watch his utube interviews. I'm wondering if the chemicals falling on us are possibly affecting our skin and immune system. If you're concerned about allergies and neurological health, I think you'll find the information on chemtrails extremely interesting. Not only is our food being genetically engineered - the air we breath is also being altered. As well as weather patterns. I'd be interested in hearing what you think after checking out the info on chemtrails. It's amazing how many people know nothing about what's going on.

December 6, 2014 - 9:02pm
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I notice having this sticky feeling on my hands after shower for the last few days, similar to the above cases. Later realized it was the whole body that is experiencing that feeling. My lower thigh was kind of stuck to my car seat after driving for half an hr.
In addition, the area around the ring I am wearing turns soar a little itchy. Area at my chest started itching. I am kind of worried that more problem will come. Are these symptoms link to menopause?

December 6, 2014 - 11:30am
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Hank here- I've had this sticky skin thing on my hands for a year or so. It's more like slippery or slimey, than it is sticky. Once dry it seems to be gone. But, touch anything wet and the touching skin is instantly "sticky".

I have other problems that may, or may not, be part of it. Poor circulation, weak heart, ???, has caused draining sores from knees down. My doc sez it's weak blood return from feet & lower legs. As long as I use absorbant bandages and help the drainage I get along OK. IIf I make the sores heal, or hard scab, over the under skin inflamation spreads and more sores come up. They start like a big white head pimple and drain for months.

I tell that because it's an old & ongoing problem. The sticky hand skin is relatively new. I have no idea if the leg drain sore and the sticky hand skin are related

I'd like to hear any ideas you'll share!

Check this diagnostic website out.

Good luck and thank you, Hank

December 5, 2014 - 12:07am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hank, my dad had something like that for a year and a half. White crusty sores taht would appear on the lower leg and hands and forearms, they would leak then heal and re appear somewhere else, doc said it was poor blood return to the heart.

Turned out to be a bacterial infection, they gave him pills to drain excess water and some kind of skin cream with silver in it, i forget the name but it got rid of the sores for good, silver is a good anti microbial apparently.

December 7, 2014 - 6:39pm
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I went to the Charles Holman site but couldn't find the article referring to "sticky skin". Could you please provide me with more specific info to access this article?

Also, what specific things have you done to deal successfully with the sticky skin?

September 29, 2014 - 8:19am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I've been watching the comments posted here for quite some time. I had really bad sticky skin for almost three years. After my last visit to the doctor he suggested that I go see a psychiatrist because repeated blood work showed nothing wrong.

Normally I don't like taking medication but out of desperation I asked him to give me some strong antibiotics. He gave me four days worth of Erythromycin tablets, some kind of a slow release antibiotic that you take two pills once a day.

After a couple days the stickyness cleared up almost completely. I used to have a stiff neck and lower back, and sore joints along with constant nasuea flatulence and dizzyness/brain fog. All that has gone now. Even my skin color is normal now, pink not yellowish orange and waxy looking. When I returned to the doctor a week later the only thing he said was 'huh, you may have had a low grade infection'. I was a kind of angry because they couldn't find anything wrong before, but also happy cause I was feeling normal after three years of stickyness.

This was about a month ago, the skin on my hands and forehead are even starting to peel and it doesn't look thin and stretchy anymore, I even fall asleep at night easier now and don't feel so fatigued all the time. I think it will take some time to fully recover from this ordeal physically and mentally, and I don't know exactly what caused it in the first place. I suspect it may have come from eating too many raw vegetables that may have got contaminated with something but who knows.

November 27, 2014 - 9:11pm
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