The First Thing You Should Do If You Have Very Dry Skin

The First Thing You Should Do If You Have Very Dry Skin

Dry skin is a problem many of us will encounter over our lifetimes, especially if we live in dry climates or areas that see very dry, cold winters. Dry skin is not a life-threatening condition, but it is uncomfortable and can be treated. Solving dry skin issues is easy, read on!
First off, take a look at your bathing habits. Your bathing routine could be the source of dry skin. But how could that be, isn’t water moisturizing my skin while I bath? That is a common misconception, and one we want to dispel. Very hot showers can cause the natural moisture in your skin to evaporate leaving your skin very dry. Most people love long, hot, steamy showers especially when it is cold outside, but that doesn’t serve our skin well.

Next, check the products you are using.  Products are a common culprit for dry skin. Harsh soaps, lotions, detergents, and fabric softeners can all irritate your skin and strip it of moisture. Make sure to bath with soap that is fragrance free, and don't contain harsh ingredients. 

When drying off, think about the type of laundry detergent and softener being used. Ingredients found in detergents can often irritate skin. Look for products without fragrance or dye. When you dry off, pat yourself dry rather than rub. But don’t dry off completely! It is best to put moisturizer on at this time, right when your skin is a little damp.

Your bathing routine is a source for many of the common causes of dry skin. The good thing is that it’s easy to fix your routine in order to avoid dry skin! By following some of the steps we listed above, you can shower and help reduce your chances of leaving the bathroom with dry skin. 

There are plenty of other causes of dry skin besides showering. These include sun exposure, heat, climate, and health conditions like diabetes. If you find after a few weeks of changing your bathing routine that you are still suffering from dry skin, try to identify one of these other causes and see how you can treat it. If you suffer from eczema and have dry skin it must be taken care of or it can lead to infections. If dry skin is becoming unbearable, make an appointment to see your doctor or dermatologist. 

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Written by MARKIT Group, a proud member of the Dr. Hess herd.
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