Dry Skin

The Risks of Dry Skin

Dry skin, of not taken care of, can trigger and worsen atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis, two conditions that can also lead to itching.

Home Treatment

Living in a humid climate like Florida, has its advantages when it comes to dry skin. Avoiding very long hot showers and anti-bacterial soaps that strip the oils out of your skin can also help to maintain moisture.  Instead, take somewhat shorter, lukewarm shower.  Then, within 3 to 5 minutes of getting out of the shower, pat dry, and apply a moisturizer.  This will trap the moisture from the shower in your skin, helping it to stay moist.

Dry Skin Moisturizers – Over the counter creams and lotions

Skin moisturizers come in lotion form, which rub in easily and evaporate quickly, as well as creams, which are greasier and tend to last longer.  Creams are preferred over lotions for very dry skin because they keep your skin moist over a longer period of time.  Moisturizing lotion does an excellent job of hydrating the skin.

Treating Dry Skin on the face

For dry skin on the face, be sure you are using a facial lotion that is “non-comedogenic” (non-acne forming).  The creams and lotions, as well as Vaseline, that are wonderful for the body, are not the best for the face as they can clock pores and cause acne when used on the face.

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