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Causes of dry skin

  • Winter Weather

    Winter weather especially in Utah where there is typically around 10% of water in the air.

  • Genetics

    Inherited factors play a crucial role in dryness. Some people are more prone to dryness due to genetics.

  • Metabolic Factors

    Metabolic factors such as low thyroid, or excessive weight loss.

  • Aging

    Increasing age, resulting in decreased natural lubrication.

  • Air Conditioners

    Air conditioning, central heating or sitting close to a fire or fan heater.

  • Excessive bathing

    Excessive bathing, showering or swimming, especially in strongly chlorinated hot or cold water.

  • Contact with soap

    Contact with soap, detergents and solvents or even lotions.

  • Irritation

    Frictional irritation and chapping

Eliminate factors that may be making it worse.

  • Avoid using harsh soaps, detergents and solvents.

    Use non-soap cleansers often and especially avoid dish soaps for hand washing. Use fragrant free products.

  • Reduce the duration of time spent bathing and showering and use lukewarm water.

    Ultimately showers may be better than baths.

  • Apply thicker creams and ointments following contact with water, especially following hand washing and showers.

    Many lotions contain water, propylene glycol and alcohols or other ingredients that may ultimately lead to continued dryness. Use Cerave, Cetaphil, Aveeno, Eucerin or other emollients that help repair the skin’s barrier.

  • When symptoms begin such as redness, itching, burning or pain, inflammation is occurring.

    This means unless the inflammation is treated the site will most likely worsen. Use topical steroids as prescribed or OTC hydrocortisone for rescue therapy only. Continue to use moisturizing creams for continued maintenance therapy. Rescue therapy means to use it as needed twice daily for up to 2 weeks then continue maintenance therapy with moisturizing creams.

  • Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water.

    As we age we tend to retain water in our skin less. It is important to drink plenty of water daily as to maintain proper lubrication in skin cells.

Long term control of dry skin

Dry skin is usually a long term and recurring problem, especially in winter. When you notice your skin getting dry, resume your lubricating routine and use a non-soap cleanser. If the itchy dry-skin rash returns, use both the lubricating routine and the prescription steroid cream or ointment.