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Dry Skin Treatment

Treatment of Dry Skin

Treatment for dry skin consists of improving daily habits for the most part. If the dry skin is caused by a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, a specialized treatment aimed at controlling the condition will also relieve you of dry skin.

Daily Treatment

  • Moisturize often-Apply a rich moisturizing cream immediately after bathing or showering while the skin is still moist
  • Use the right cosmetics-Avoid harsh soaps and detergents, and use products that are designed for those with dry skin
  • Avoid frequent or long baths as they can drain moisture from the skin
  • Avoid scratching as much as possible, as it damages the skin making it vulnerable to cuts and infection
  • A humidifier in the house can help to keep the air from becoming too dry

Common conditions that cause dry skin

Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Eczema or atopic dermatitis is an extremely common condition that causes the skin to lose moisture at a faster than normal rate, as the skin barrier becomes less effective. Rashes can form, and itch is a common problem for those with eczema. Your family doctor or dermatologist can help you find a regimen that helps you manage eczema flares. Generally, corticosteroids will help you manage eczema when it becomes problematic.

  • Moisturize your skin on a regular basis, best if used immediately following showering or bathing
  • Avoid harsh soaps and detergents
  • Use prescribed medication to control eczema flares and use them early and aggressively before the condition becomes worse


Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that manifests in the form of dry rashes on the skin, called plaques. Although less common than eczema, 2-4% of the world's population suffers from psoriasis. It is not contagious. If you have psoriasis you should visit a dermatologist and make a treatment regimen that you can follow.

  • Moisturize your skin on a regular basis, best if used immediately following showering or bathing
  • Use prescribed medication to control psoriasis flares. The type of medication you use should be decided between you and your doctor based on your expectations and your willingness to take on potential side-effects
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