Dry Skin

Friday, December 06, 2013

Your skin is your bodys first line of defense against the elements. When wind and cold leave skin dry and itchy, what can you do to stop it? Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ordinary dry skin is most common in the winter, when temperature and humidity levels drop. Fortunately dry skin is often just a temporary problem.

Treat dry skin with these helpful tips:

Moisturize your skin. Try thick moisturizers such as over-the-counter brands like Eucerin and Cetaphil.

Take warm showers and limit bath time. Long, hot showers and soaks in water will remove oils from your skin and cause drying.

Avoid harsh, drying soaps. The best soaps to use are cleansing creams or moisture-rich bath or shower gels.

Pat dry after bathing. Gently blot skin dry with a towel to allow some moisture to stay on your skin.

Choose natural fabrics. Natural fibers such as cotton and silk allow your skin to breathe.

When dry, red skin wont go away, see your doctor to discover and treat the cause. The solution may be as simple as taking a medication or using a prescription cream. No matter what the cause, dry, itchy skin isnt something you should have to live with long term.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.