Dry skin is a very common skin and is often worse during the winter, when humidity is low. It can occur at any age and in people with or without other skin problems. Some people have a genetic predisposition or hereditary tendency to develop dry skin. Dry skin is the most common in the lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs. Genes also play a role. If relatives suffer from dry skin, you are more likely to develop the condition.
In extreme cases, fish-like scaling of the skin is sometimes seen (ichthyosis). Dry skin and scratching may result in a dermatitis when the skin becomes red (inflamed) in addition to dry and scaly. An important aspect of treatment is to identify and tackle any factors that may be contributing to the dry skin.
In most cases, dry skin problems respond well to self-care measures, such as using moisturizers and avoiding long, hot showers and baths. Use nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin. Avoid using any commercial soap.
Avoid using harsh soaps that dry the skin. At night, use a very creamy cleanser or oil. Remove residue with a spray of mineral water. Follow up with a night cream applied at least a half-hour before retiring. Do not use very hot water when bathing or showering. Dry Skin Treatment and Prevention Tips 1.
Avoid using any commercial soap. 2. Keep baths or showers short. 3. Use warm (not hot) water.
4. Use as little soap as possible. 5. Take baths or showers less often.
6. Use bath oils and moisturizers at least daily. 7. Use a humidifier if the air is dry.
8. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. 9. Use nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin.
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