Dry skin is an unpleasant skin condition manifested by scaling, redness, peeling, skin feels rough and looks rough, flaking, itching and cracking of the skin. Dry skin can occur for a variety of reasons. You might have natural dry skin and even if your skin tends to be oily, you may experience dry skin from time to time.
Dry skin isn’t usually serious, but most times it can be uncomfortable, unappealing and upsetting. Most dry skin occurs as a result of weather conditions, heat, harsh soaps or detergents, hot water, change in moisturizers and certain chemicals.
Dry skin can happen to anyone, but some risk factors increase your chances of having dry skin. These factors include; age, medical condition, bad bathing habit, and seasonal changes.
To combat dry skin and prevent reoccurrence, dermatologist advice the following tips:
- prevent baths and shower from making skin dry; limit bath time to 10 minutes or less, use warm water rather than hot water, bath with a moisturizer soap.
- apply moisturizer immediately after bathing; ointments, cream, lotion all acts as moisturizer and they work by confining existing moisture into the skin.
- use ointment rather than lotion; ointment are more effective and efficient than creams. Look for ointment that contains olive oil and jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well in soothing dry skin. Also, wearing a lip balm would help keep your lips moisturized.
- when the skin is dry, laundry detergents can be irritating on the screen. Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic”.
Most cases of dry skin begin to improve if the above tips are followed judiciously. But, ensure to see your doctor if:
- skin doesn’t recuperate in spite of your best efforts
- dryness and itching inhibit with sleeping
- you have opens sores and infections from scratching
- large areas of scaling or peeling skin forms