Help for Dry Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
August 1, 2011

Dry skin is a condition which can usually be treated with emollients or moisturizing creams. It mostly occurs  on the legs, arms, the sides of the abdomen and thighs. The symptoms most associated with dry skin are the visible peeling of the outer skin layer, itching and cracks in the skin.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using harsh soaps, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke. There are several natural soaps that are gentle on the skin and can be used daily. In addition to using a more gentle soap, help retain the moisture in your skin by using a good moisturizing product.

If you are confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin you should know that these terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

 


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