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I usually use St. Ives Naturally Smooth body lotion. I had been using before I was diagnosed with H but afterwards found it to be my best friend when stray bumps would appear along my thighs leaving dark marks. However I just read the ingredients label and discovered it contains arginine.

I know ingesting arginine can influence herpes outbreaks (im one of those people that it affects. Back in October I got a horrible sweet tooth and attacked a box of chocolate chip cookies and got an outbreak that rivaled my initial outbreak) but does the topical arginine have any long term effects? I haven't had any serious outbreak and I do apply the lotion to the area of my anatomy. I've noticed that the area tongles from time to time, itches and there are still some slight scratches that look like they are scabbing over. But nothing as dramatic as a the more uncomfortable lesions.

I really love this lotion because the AHA complex helps keep the appearance of dark marks from the bumps that form on my thighs minimal. I'm scared to try another lotion because its so hard finding one that helps keep your skin ton even at an affordable price. Aveeno is too expensive, Nivea can't be found everywhere and contains parabens and now my beloved St. Ives contains arginine. Should I be worried?

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If you are not having any issues with the St.Ives currently, go ahead and continue to use it. Topical arginine probably does have the potential to cause issues, just as people find topical lysine helpful. But if you aren't having problems, you could continue to use the product and perhaps try to balance it by taking lysine supplements.

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I'm going to trail another lotion to see if theres a difference in the occurrence of the bumps. Just to better rule out them being caused by the lotion or by H in general.

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