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Published on December 10, 2018

How to Avoid Dry Skin (Dermatology)

dry skin

Many people have dry skin, especially during the winter months. 

What causes dry skin?

dry skinDry skin is caused by a lack of moisture. Some examples of what causes this are: 

  • Low humidity 
  • Using harsh soaps
  • Frequent bathing
  • Aging
  • 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. 

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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