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Skin resembling scorched desert earth? Don’t put up with itching and flaking. Making changes to your daily habits, finding some new skin care methods, and giving your dry skin exactly what it needs will make a significant difference. We’ve put together some general tips for the dry-skinned below. If you’re looking for in-office care for dry skin, schedule a consultation today to learn more about treatment options.
Habits that Irritate Dry Skin
When skin is dry, this means there’s not enough water or oil in the epidermis. Older individuals are more likely to experience dry skin, with diminished production of natural oils. If you’re living in a particularly dry climate, or in the middle of a cold, dry winter, this will also impact your skin. If your dry skin is further irritated, you may experience eczema, bacterial infections, discoloration, cellulitis, or other forms of dermatitis. Dry skin can be a temporary condition or a longer-term problem. Either way, getting help will boost your daily comfort and reduce flakiness.
Unfortunately, many seemingly-normal daily habits can actually aggravate dry skin. Be sure to avoid the following:
- Long, hot showers or baths – We know that they can often feel like the only relaxing part of the day. But all that hot water strips the skin’s oils and makes it difficult for the skin to replenish them. Try to use warm water instead of hot, and get out within 5-10 minutes.
- Harsh soaps or face washes – While a strong cleanser might fight acne, it’s far more likely to dry out sensitive skin. Use unscented soaps or a soap-free cleanser; ask us if you’re looking for product recommendations.
- Wearing synthetic fabrics – Try to wear cotton and other natural fabrics. Wool and synthetic fabrics may irritate already inflamed skin.
- Skipping moisturizing – It can feel like there’s not enough time to get in your facial moisturizer or body lotion when getting ready for work each day. But you should prioritize your moisturizing to soothe dry skin. Also, apply lotion while the skin is still moist to help lock in water.
What Your Dry Skin Really Needs
Start by treating your skin more gently at home, and making sure it has plenty of the following:
- Humidity – Use a humidifier to help hydrate your skin during the dry winter months.
- Hydration – You want to give your skin both external moisture and internal moisture. Drink water throughout each day and be sure to get your recommended amount, especially after exercising.
- Essential fatty acids – Foods rich in omega-3 like salmon, halibut, flax, and walnuts help your skin retain oil and stay supple.
If you’re still frustrated by dry skin, consider one of the following in-office treatments:
- Microdermabrasion – Gently exfoliating the outermost layer of your skin will remove dry patches and stimulate cell turnover.
- Facial – A facial will provide the moisturizing that your dry skin desperately needs. Our facials are tailored to the individual and provide personalized revitalization.
- Professional skin care products – We will examine your skin and recommend professional products that can have a greater impact than drugstore options.