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How Do I Deal with Dry Skin?

April 7, 2016 | Dermatology

Do you suffer from dry skin? If so, then you’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 10% of the United States population suffers from some degree of skin dryness. Still, those with dry skin know all-too-well just how uncomfortable this condition can be. The good news is that there are ways to soothe and hydrate your skin, easing irritation and itchiness.

Treating your dry skin begins with determining what’s causing it in the first place. These causes can vary greatly from person to person. For instance, you might find that you experience dry skin during the colder winter months, whereas another person may suffer from it year-round. Try to pinpoint when you experience dry skin and what could be causing it, whether it be cold, windy weather or even a skin condition.

Speaking of skin conditions, if you suspect you have one or if you can’t determine the cause of your dry skin, then you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a skin-care professional, such as an esthetician or a dermatologist. By doing so, you can get a true idea of what’s causing your dry skin and, if you have a skin condition, you can receive the professional treatment you need (such as a prescription ointment or cream).

If you don’t suspect a skin condition, try making changes in your daily life to keep your skin better hydrated. Did you know that hot showers can be extremely drying to your skin? If you have a tendency to take long, hot showers, try cutting your shower time back to 10 minutes and lower the water temperature so that it’s warm but not hot.

Immediately after you shower, you should always take the time to moisturize. Ideally, you should apply moisturizer within five minutes of getting out of the shower; doing so will help to trap moisture within the skin and keep it hydrated. Make sure you’re also using the right lotion for your needs, such as one specifically formulated for dried-out skin.

Now would also be a good time to assess the products you buy and that come into contact with your skin. This may include:

Makeup and other cosmetics
Lotions and creams
Laundry detergents
Body sprays and perfumes

Consider experimenting with the process of elimination to see if any of these products could be contributing to your dry skin. For example, try a different brand of makeup for a week, or switch to a hypoallergenic laundry detergent. You might be surprised at what a difference these seemingly small changes can make.

If you live in a dry environment, you may also want to look into adding a humidifier to your home. A humidifier is a device that releases moisture into the air and increases the overall humidity within a space. You can purchase a portable model that plugs directly into the wall, or you can have a professional come to your home and install a humidifier on your existing HVAC system. And if you work in a dry environment, you may even want to consider getting a small, portable model to sit on your desk or elsewhere in your workspace as well.

Living with dry skin can be extremely uncomfortable and irritating, but the good news is that there are steps you can take to relieve this condition and enjoy healthier, more moisturized skin. Be sure to give these tips a try for yourself, and don’t hesitate to contact Revere Health for assistance in finding a skin-care specialist.

Our experienced physicians share a collaborative approach that puts our patients’ needs first. Our focus includes surgical dermatology, skin cancer, pediatric dermatology and general dermatological issues and conditions. We provide cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments to help you maintain good health and great skin.




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