Dry Skin

What causes dry skin?

Skin that is dry and itchy can be the result of numerous factors.

Below are some of the most common things that cause dry skin and what you can do to about them. If dry skin persists you should see a dermatologist or dermatology provider to accurately assess your skin and provide the correct treatment.

Soaps: Choose a mild, moisturizing, non deodorant soap and use only where soap is needed (armpits, groin and the bottoms of the feet).

Diseases:Underlying diseases can sometimes cause skin irritation or a rash. A complete medical history and examination are essential. In some cases the correct medication to treat the condition may be the solution.

Winter Weather when the temperature and humidity drops. The lack of moisture in the air has a direct affect on the moisture in your skin. A humidifier in your home helps to increase moisture. Protecting exposed skin when outside by wearing hats, scarves, and gloves.

Hot Showers produce steam and you might think that would be good for moisturizing your skin, but in fact, it has the opposite effect. The hot water depletes the skin of natural oils. Shower in lukewarm water, shorten the length of time in the shower and pat skin dry. Apply moisturizer to your skin while it is still damp or wet.

Friction: Avoid scrubbing the skin with coarse products, this removes oils, increases dryness and can irritate dry skin. Your hands or a soft washcloth are the best options for cleaning your skin on a regular basis.

Aging: Natural oils in our skin decrease with age. Apply moisturizers, in addition to sunscreens, daily.

Outside Irritants: Numerous external factors can dry the skin and cause chafing and itching. Some fragrances and dryer sheets can increase skin irritation. Identifying the specific irritant can be challenging. If possible, choose to wear garments with natural fibers and use products that are fragrance-free and dye-free.

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