Have chronic, dry skin and dreading the colder months to come? Don’t worry — you’re not alone. In fact, 7 million Americans have psoriasis, 14 million have rosacea and 35 million face chronic eczema. Follow this guide to learn the common causes of dry skin and the top five all-weather dry skin tips — plus extra tips for managing eczema and psoriasis.
Common causes of dry skin:
- Cold weather
- Indoor heat
- Dry climates
- Skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis
Five general all-weather skincare tips
- Moisturize with an over-the-counter cream, ointment or gel daily.
It can reduce loss of water in your body, keep your skin hydrated, make it less dry and itchy, and help restore moisture back to your skin. For oily or acne-prone skin, switch to a lighter, water-based lotion.
- Bathe faster in lukewarm water and be gentle when you’re toweling off.
Bathing strips natural, protective oils in your skin so it’s a good idea to limit bathing time to about 10 minutes. Also, make sure the water is not too hot and use a mild soap or non-soap cleanser. When you’re done, gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Do not rub — it can irritate skin.
- Avoid using anything scented — bland is better.
Opt for non-scented, fragrant¬-free soaps, lotions, creams and moisturizers to help avoid itching.
- Use a humidifier to hydrate all over.
Humidifiers can also help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes, eczema, itchy skin, dry nasal passages, cracked lips and nosebleeds due to dry air, allergies or asthma.
- Fight the itch-scratch cycle.
Apply an anti-itch, cortisone cream to exposed areas.
Eczema care tips
Since eczema is generally known for its intense itch, it’s a good idea to take immediate care and action. If the itch is bad, skin can bleed and make the rash even worse, leading to more inflammation and itching. Follow these tips to relieve ASAP:
- Opt for ointments — they work well and provide coverage in winter.
- For mild to moderate eczema, use a cream or lotion and try to avoid generic soaps, detergents or shampoos, as well as seasonal irritants like dust or dandruff.
- During bathing, add oats, baking soda or olive oil to relieve itchy skin.
- Use a humidifier to prevent itching and inflammation symptoms all together.
Psoriasis care tips
Psoriasis is known to leave the skin with red, scaly patches and silver scales. Follow these tips to relieve ASAP:
- Avoid dyes and perfumes as they inflame skin — instead opt for products marked 'fragrance free' or 'for sensitive skin.'
- During bathing, add Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk or olive oil to your bath. It can soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques.
- Use a humidifier to keep the air in the home or office moist and prevent dry skin before it starts.
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