Dry Skin? These strategies may help!
Dry skin can be a common problem for many people, especially during the cold winter months. Dry skin can be caused by certain medical conditions, medications, and environmental factors. Skin is an important part of the body’s defense system, and it is important to keep it healthy.
There are several strategies available to help heal dry skin. The following are strategies that can be done at home to help promote healthy skin.
- Drink More Water
Many people have inadequate water intake during the day. The Mayo Clinic recommends that most men drink about 15.5 cups of fluids per day, and women should drink 11.5 cups of fluids daily. Dry air can pull moisture from the skin, staying hydrated can help combat this moisture loss.
- Protect Your Skin from the Elements
When working or spending time outdoors, it is important to protect your skin. During the winter wear gloves, scarves, hats, and other warm clothing to prevent moisture loss from the skin. Avoid exposing skin to the wind, as this can speed moisture loss.
- Modify Your Shower or Bathing Habits
Hot water can increase moisture loss from the skin, therefore it is important to shower in tepid water. Colloidal oatmeal can be added to bathwater to help soothe dry skin. After bathing, immediately apply lotion to help trap moisture in the skin.
- Use Products that are Gentle on the Skin
Certain soaps or cleansers can dry out the skin or cause irritation due to fragrances or other additives. Selecting products without fragrances can minimize skin irritation. Skin moisturizers such as creams and lotions can be used to help heal dry skin. For the most benefit, they should be applied several times per day.
It is important to keep your skin healthy. Talk with your pharmacist or other health care provider about these strategies and products available to help treat dry skin.
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Amanda Hulinsky (Schubert)
North Dakota State University
College of Health Professions
Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate 2019