Treating Dry Skin


Our skin tends to become drier as we get older, which makes it itchy and flaky, especially in a cold, dry and windy weather. Mild cases of dry skin can be treated with a moisturizer used immediately after the shower, while the skin is still damp. Petrolatum is an excellent moisturizer and is present in many lotions and cream. Many moisturizers contain some chemicals that can irritate the skin, such as urea, alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acid or ammonium lactate, used to minimise scaling and help the skin to hold water. Your GP or dermatologist can advise you which products would be more suitable for your skin.

Bathing less often and using milder soap or a soap substitute, or soaking in a tub of warm water without soap can help alleviate dry skin; avoid hot water as it can irritate the skin more than warm water. Apply a moisturizer such as petrolatum or lanolin after bathing to seal the moisture in the skin.

In case the dry skin persists, consult your doctor. A severe case of flaky, itchy and cracked skin could be an indication of a more serious problem.

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