When your skin feels dry, apply a moisturizer or ointment and gently massage it into your skin to help it recover. Many people can heal their dry skin on their own at home. If your dry skin persists after attempting these physician-approved remedies, it's time to consult a board-certified dermatologist. An underlying medical problem, such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, or kidney illness, could be the cause of your excessively dry skin. Here are some things you can do at home to help your skin heal if it's too dry.
1. Follow your treatment plan to the letter
Your skin requires the correct balance of active substances to heal if it is overly dry. A moisturizer that meets your skin's needs will be prescribed (or recommended) by your dermatologist. Some people require a moisturizer that contains both urea and ceramides. Dimethicone, which seals in moisture, is essential for others. You may also need to use a drug for a brief period of time, such as a corticosteroid. Treating an underlying medical issue, such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, can help you feel better. A treatment plan for a skin issue might be devised by your dermatologist.
Make sure you attend all of your dermatologist visits. As your skin heals, your treatment strategy may need to be tweaked. This is also a good time to let your dermatologist know if you're having problems sticking to your treatment regimen.
2. Use a moisturizer on your skin many times a day
Moisturizer is essential for the healing of dry skin. Apply moisturizer to your skin within 5 minutes of showering or bathing, after washing your hands, and whenever your skin feels dry. You should use the correct amount of moisturizer and massage it into your skin carefully. Consult your dermatologist if you're uncertain how much to use.
3. Make use of a humidifier
Moisture is required for dry skin. A humidifier can help you increase the humidity in your home. A humidifier is included in certain home heating systems. A portable humidifier can also be used. Place a portable humidifier in your bedroom and leave it running while you sleep.
4. Use a gentle cleanser to cleanse your skin
Dry skin is skin that has been injured. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser to avoid irritating your skin and aid healing. Dry skin might be exacerbated by deodorant soaps or body washes that contain fragrance. Only use the fragrance-free cleanser to the areas where you need it, including your armpits or groin. Use solely fragrance-free products as a rule of thumb. The terms "fragrance free" and "unscented" are not interchangeable.
Unscented refers to a product that contains a chemical that masks the smell of other substances so you can't smell them. Excessively dry skin can be irritated by unscented cosmetics. Use fragrance-free products to avoid this.
5. Take five-minute baths or showers with warm (not hot) water
Hot water dehydrates the skin, exacerbating dryness. A five-minute bath or shower in warm water can help your skin retain moisture. After bathing, rub your skin dry gently with a clean, dry towel. Excessively dry skin can be irritated by rubbing it dry. After you've dampened your skin, apply your moisturizer (preferably a cream or ointment).
This should be done within five minutes of showering to help lock in moisture. After you've finished showering or bathing, shave. After your shower or bath, gently pat your skin dry and administer your fragrance-free moisturizer right away.
6. Put on your gloves
You might aggravate your already dry skin by washing dishes, gardening, or immersing your hands in water throughout the day. Gloves that shield your dry skin from becoming wet can aid in the healing process.
7. Keep your skin warm in the winter
When you have dry skin, exposure to cold air might aggravate it. In the winter, wearing gloves that keep your hands warm can assist. If your employment requires you to work outside in the cold or in an industrial refrigerator, make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands.
8. Stay away from the sun and tanning beds
UV rays are emitted by both the sunlight and indoor tanning equipment, drying the skin. Seek shade to shield your skin from the sun. Wearing gear that protects your skin, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants, is also recommended. Apply a fragrance-free, wide ranging sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to any skin that would not be covered by clothing.
9. Wear loose-fitting cotton shirts
Tight clothing, such leggings and body-hugging pants, brush against your skin, aggravating dry skin. Dry, sensitive skin can be irritated by wearing wool or polyester garments against it. Wear loose-fitting cotton garments to avoid irritating your skin.
10. Before using anti-itch creams or other skin care products, consult your dermatologist
Itchy skin is caused by extreme dryness. People frequently purchase anti-itch creams or other products that offer relief in order to find relief. Consult your dermatologist before using this. Many of these creams contain substances that can aggravate your already dry skin, causing it to become even more dry and itchy.
You can relieve the driest skin by following your dermatologist's treatment regimen and self-care suggestions.
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