Dry skin is something that affects nearly everyone at some point in their life and while it is generally not medically serious, it can be annoying, uncomfortable, unsightly, and, in extreme cases, even painful. The board-certified dermatologists at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery have a variety of ways to help treat dry skin.
Dry skin can appear anywhere on your body, from your feet to the top of your head and everywhere between. Dry skin affects every age group, from babies through seniors, and every skin tone, from those who are very fair to those with very dark skin.
What causes dry skin?
Dry skin can be caused by the weather, your diet, medications, genetics, and even products you use on your skin, like soap or makeup.
What are some of the most effective treatments for dry skin?
The number one most important action you can take to avoid or treat dry skin is to stay properly hydrated. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink pure water. However, it is somewhat a myth that caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you. As long as your caffeine intake is moderate, it can count towards your overall water intake for the day. That being said, we recommend pure water as the best way to hydrate because drinks that have caffeine and sugar can cause other unwanted affects.
Here are a few other tried-and-true techniques for reducing or avoiding dry skin:
- Always use warm water – instead of hot – on your skin, especially during dry winter months.
- Wash your skin (both face and body) with a gentle, fragrance free cleanser.
- Do not vigorously rub your skin with washcloths or towels. Instead, blot your skin dry.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing and washing.
The treatment for dry skin varies greatly, depending on where it is on your body, what is likely causing it, and how serious it is. If you experience unsightly or uncomfortable dry skin anywhere on your body, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery today.