How to Avoid Dry Skin (Dermatology)
Many people have dry skin, especially during the winter months.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin is caused by a lack of moisture. Some examples of what causes this are:
- Low humidity
- Using harsh soaps
- Frequent bathing
- Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism or malnutrition
What can I do about dry skin?
Fortunately, there are several solutions that can help.
- Use a humidifier in the winter months
- Minimize the use of soaps, especially fragrant ones as they strip away natural oils
- Limit yourself to a five-minute shower a day. Longer showers may cause moisture loss.
- Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. This will help retain and seal in moisture
- Use sunscreen, even in the winter, to help prevent aging
- Use fragrance-free laundry detergent
- Avoid clothing or fabrics that irritate your skin and cause you to itch
Some dry skin problems caused by certain medical conditions may require a visit to your primary care physician or even a dermatology specialist.
Avanta P. Collier MD, dermatologist with PIH Health Physicians says “Dry skin is usually not a serious health problem, but it can produce serious complications, such as chronic eczema or bleeding from broken skin and scratching. Another possible complication is a secondary bacterial infection. It’s important to see a doctor early on to prevent more serious conditions.”
To learn more or schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, visit PIHHealth.org/Derm or call 562.789.5429.