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How to Care for Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common skin concern, especially during the winter months. Dry skin is usually accompanied by scaling, flaking, cracking, and itching. There are some simple measures one can take to help treat and prevent dry skin.

Shower or bathe daily with lukewarm water with a soap free or mild soap cleanser. In general, liquid soaps are gentler and more moisturizing than bar soaps. Limit shower and bath times to 5-10 minutes. Blot skin dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer within 3 minutes of showering or bathing to help “seal in the moisture”. Moisturizers can be applied as often as necessary throughout the day to help keep the skin soft and supple. Hand creams should be applied after every hand washing. In general, creams and ointments are more hydrating than lotions.

Look for laundry detergents which are scent free and labeled as hypoallergenic. Wear clothing fabrics which are soft and gentle such as cotton, avoid abrasive wool fabrics. Wear gloves outdoors during cold winter days and to protect your hands from harsh chemicals or other substances.

Seek the care of a dermatologist if your skin feels persistently dry despite the above measures. Sometimes dry skin treatment requires additional prescription medications or may signal the presence of another dermatologic diagnosis. A dermatologist can examine your skin to determine your skin needs.

If you are in need of Dry Skin Treatment, please call our office at 757-232-8856.

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