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Dos and Don’ts for Dry skin

Most people deal with dry skin at some point in their lives, and it’s especially common in the winter. The colder, drier weather mixed with long, hot showers can cause dry skin issues.

Preventing dry skinHow to treat dry skin at home

There are easy changes you can make to your skin care routine that can help improve the severity of dry skin and prevent future flare ups.

Do:

  • Use moisturizer generously, even if you suffer from acne. Try oil-free and fragrance-free moisturizers that won’t clog pores or irritate skin.
  • Limit the temperature and length of your showers.
  • Stay hydrated and try running a humidifier at night to keep moisture in the air.

Don’t:

  • Use skin care products like toners and peels on areas of dry skin.
  • Use ingredients including benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, or propylene glycol that can irritate skin.
  • Excessively scrub your face.

When to see a dermatologist for dry skin

Home remedies and changes in your skin care routine can often help you find relief from dry skin. But if you continue to experience symptoms, and if your symptoms affect your sleep or daily activities, it’s time to schedule an appointment. It could be severe dry skin that requires medications, or it could even be diagnosed as eczema or psoriasis.

What is Eczema

Eczema is a condition that makes skin itchy and red and can be chronic or flare up periodically. If you have patches of dry skin that have small, raised bumps, or skin that is thickened and cracked, you should schedule an appointment at our office. You may require a variety of treatments that can include creams, oral medications, skin dressings, or light therapy.

What is Psoriasis

 is an inflammatory disease of the immune system that results in raised lesions that are itchy and look like scales. Psoriasis can be treated by a dermatologist using topical, oral, or injectable medications, but your diet is also a big contributing factor.