Dry Skin

If the moisture content of the outermost layer of your skin called the stratum corneum is too low, your skin may become dry, scaly and develop cracks or fissures. Today, I’ll give you some tips on treating dry skin.

Low humidity of the indoors area where you live and work can cause drying of your skin, so raising the moisture content of the room air with a humidifier will help. Moisturizing lotions and creams are composed of two main things; humectants and occlusive ingredients. Humectants are ingredients that attract water. Occlusive ingredients prevent moisture from escaping from your skin.

Examples of occlusive ingredients are: mink, turtle, and codfish oils. Lanolin is another common ingredient, however allergies to lanolin can cause itching and rashes, so lanolin is not for everyone. Plain old petrolatum or petroleum jelly or Vaseline is a very effective and inexpensive occlusive substance. But its greasiness keeps many folks from applying it except occasionally at bedtime. Humectants are effective moisturizers and will not aggravate acne. Some good examples are: Glycerin, urea, and lactic acid. These can be found in a variety of combinations and concentrations. In general, the dryer your skin condition, the greater the concentration needed.

Well, how do you choose a good product? Decide first if you prefer a cream or lotion. Creams are perhaps more effective for severe problems but are more difficult to spread.

If you have oily skin you may decide to choose a product that is more water than oil.

You should find one that you like and that you can readily afford so that you will use it regularly. Applying it daily right after bathing is especially effective. A good product does not need to be costly. Expensive additives such as amino acids, collagen, elastin, DNA, etc. are not worth the extra expense.

Your pharmacist will be glad to help you find a product which you will like and can afford for your skin’s “Good Health!”