Dry skin is also known as xerosis and is often itchy and irritating. Dry skin results from the loss of oils (sebum) in the skin that serve as a natural moisturizer. The tendency for dry skin runs in families and is usually a recurring problem, especially in winter. Because of this seasonal occurrence, it is sometimes referred to as “winter itch”.
How it forms: Dry skin may occur with excessive bathing (particularly with hot water), low humidity (in desert climates or cold winter weather), advancing age, or the use of drying soaps (antibacterial, deodorant soaps, Ivory).
Prevention: It is important to regularly apply a moisturizer when your skin becomes dry. Moisturizer is best applied within 3 minutes after a shower or bath when your skin is still damp, but not wet.
Treatment options: Use hypoallergenic and fragrance-free moisturizers. The drier the skin, the “thicker” the moisturizer should be (in order of increasing “thickness” – lotions, creams, ointments).
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