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Published on October 19, 2017

Dry Skin and Itching

Dry Skin and Itching

Dry Skin and ItchingDry skin is a common problem that can occur at any age. When you have dry skin, your skin may be rough, or scaly or flaky, and it may itch.

There are many causes of dry skin. As you age, your skin produces less of the natural oil that helps your skin keep its moisture. Dry indoor air can cause your skin to become dry. So can living in climates with low humidity. Indoor heating or air conditioning can dry out the air inside your home.


Practice good skin hygiene to keep your skin healthy. Here are some tips if you notice your skin getting too dry:

  • Shower or bathe in lukewarm water instead of hot water.
  • Use a gentle, nondrying soap product.
  • Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. Apply a moisturizer right away.
  • Apply moisturizer several times a day.
  • Consider using a humidifier if the air inside your home is very dry.
  • Use sunscreen to protect your skin when you are outside.
  • Protect your lips with lipstick or a lip balm.
If you need a dermatologist, here is a list of PIH Health Physicians:

Avanta Collier MD, Patrick Dominguez MD, Rachael Moore MD and Lubomira Scherschun MD. You can call 562.789.5429 to get more information or make an appointment.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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