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Dry Skin

Dry Skin Basics

What is Dry Skin?

Dry skin is a very common problem, and while it is not life-threatening, it can be extremely irritating and uncomfortable. When the skin becomes dry, often the skin will itch, and cracks can form, leaving the skin vulnerable.

Scratching will aggravate the problem further, creating cuts, and potentially leave you prone to infection. Dry skin is especially a problem during the winter when the air is cold and dry.

Cosmetically, wrinkles and fine lines become more prominent and noticeable in people with dry skin. Generally, as we age, our skins become less oily, and become dry. Moisturizing and proper skin care and maintenance become more important.

What causes dry skin?

  • Natural Skin Type
  • Winter (Cold and dry air)
  • Bathing in very hot water or too frequently can remove moisture
  • Harsh Soaps
  • Skin conditions such as Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis
  • Indoor heating
  • Aging

What can I do about dry skin?

  • Use moisturizers on a regular basis
  • Limit the frequency of bathing and showering (once a day or once every two days should suffice)
  • Take shorter showers and baths as it can dry out the skin
  • Use warm (but not hot) water to shower and bathe as extremely hot water can dry out the skin's moisture
  • Bathing oils can help the skin retain more moisture when bathing
  • Use mild cleansers, and try to limit its use as soaps can dry out the skin
  • Use a humidifier if possible
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
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