You probably find yourself unable to sleep and annoyed one day, so you decided to walk into a department store or local pharmacy looking for a moisturizing lotion to get rid of those flakes and itchiness which often presents signs of dry skin.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition and affects almost all age groups. Such condition is often exacerbated by cold and dry air as well as frequent bathing especially when using harsh soaps as it sheds off the skin’s natural moisture.
Treatment for dry skin is not as complicated as others may think. In order to trap in its moisture, you can use a moisturizing lotion, creams, or ointments at least 2-3 times in a day. Make sure that it is free from alcohol, scents, dyes, or other chemicals which could worsen its condition. Avoid using harsh soaps when bathing as it can make the skin dry even more. It is also recommended to take short cooler baths than long hot baths. During instances where the feeling of itchiness is undeniable, don’t scratch the affected area nor rub it as it can only worsen it and even contribute to possible development of infection. It is also recommended to apply a salicylic acid solution or cream especially if the skin is becoming scaly.
In addition, always consider the benefits of water to your skin as it plays an important role to keep it hydrated, so you might as well drink the recommended amount especially when skin dryness is clearly evident.
Also take note of certain conditions that could aggravate skin dryness such as sweating and stress. You could wear looser clothes especially on a warm weather and try to apply the knowledge when it comes to stress management.
Skin dryness may be a common condition to majority. However, it is necessary that continuous and thorough observation will be made in order to detect any further changes beyond skin dryness alone. It is advisable to seek a professional’s point of view when the following conditions are noted:
- Itching without a visible rash
- Severe itching and dryness
- Cuts or sores brought about by too much scratching
- Unrelieved dryness and itching despite the use of various home remedies
The above conditions might call for a more serious attention or could be an indication for a more severe condition. To make way for earlier detection of any underlying health condition, talk to your doctor about it.