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    5 Ways To Manage Chronic Dry Skin

    Dry skin can happen for many reasons—cold weather, indoor heat, traveling, or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis.

    While ​dry skin can be uncomfortable, painful or annoying to live with, there’s no need to be embarrassed. You’re not alone!

    Here are five tips to tackle that chronic dry skin!

    #1 Moisturize ​Every Day.

    Moisturizing can help keep skin hydrated, making it less dry and itchy.

    • If you have oily or acne-prone try a lighter, water-based lotion.
    • If you have badly affected dry skin like dermatitis, try an ointment.
    • If you have mild or moderate eczema, creams or lotions are recommended. The best time to use your moisturizer is immediately after bathing or washing to lock moisture into the skin.

    #2  Stick with the Basics: Fragrance-free and Mild

    Some skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. Use fragrance-free or mild products to help keep skin tone and complexion clear, and reduce any redness or irritation.

    • For psoriasis, avoid dyes and perfumes as they inflame skin. Choose products labeled as "sensitive skin.”
    • For eczema, triggers can either be an irritant, like a soap, detergent or shampoo, or an allergen like seasonal pollens​ or dust.

    #3 Fight the ​Itch-​Scratch ​Cycle.

    Sometimes, an itchy skin can be so bad, scratching will cause the skin to bleed and make the rash even worse, leading to more inflammation and itching. Apply an anti-itch cortisone cream regularly to exposed skin before the itch has a chance to take over.

    #4 Bath Time Changes

    Bathing strips natural, protective oils from the skin. Take lukewarm baths and showers, using mild soap or non-soap cleanser and try not to stay in the water more than ten minutes. After bathing, gently pat skin dry with a soft towel try not to rub.

    #5 Use a Humidifier.

    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.

    • In the case of eczema, humidifiers can ​help alleviate itching and inflammation.
    • For dry skin like psoriasis, which leaves red, ​dry patches and silver scales on the skin, a humidifier will keep the air in the home or office moist and prevent dry skin before it starts.

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