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Keep dry skin at bay

hands with lotionFor some people, the arrival of winter means itchy, dry skin. These tips from the American Academy of Dermatology can help you prevent dry skin, year-round.

  • Use warm water — not hot — for bathing and washing hands. Hot water removes natural skin oils more quickly.
  • Limit bathing time. A 5- to 10-minute bath or shower adds moisture to the skin. A prolonged soak can leave your skin less hydrated than before you started.
  • Use a gentle cleanser. Choose a mild, fragrance-free soap or soap substitute that moisturizes. Avoid antibacterial, perfumed and deodorant soaps.
  • Moisturize immediately after bathing. To lock in moisture, apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp.

If you are bothered by dry skin, see your health care provider or dermatologist. He or she can take a closer look at the condition of your skin and help you with solutions and treatments for dry skin.

For more information, contact our dermatology department.