With colder temperatures and extra washing and hand-sanitizing, some of us are already experiencing dry skin that often arrives in the winter months.
Dry skin isn’t merely cosmetic or a slight annoyance. For many, it can be a serious medical problem with itching, flaking, bleeding, pain and discomfort. Here are board-certified dermatologist Dr. Emily Prosise’s top tips for combatting dry winter skin.
- Choose a cream or an ointment rather than a lotion for maximum effect.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing your hands to seal existing moisture into your skin. (Carry some in your pocket or purse to re-apply to hands throughout the day.)
- Use only gentle, unscented skincare products. Avoid deodorant soaps and skincare products that contain alcohol and fragrance.
- Wear gloves when outdoors.
- Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air in your home.
- Stay warm without cozying up to a fireplace or other heat source. Sitting in front of an open flame or other heat source can dry your skin.
If these don’t bring relief, you may want to see a board-certified dermatologist. Very dry skin can require a prescription ointment or cream or could even be related to an underlying medical condition.
To schedule your appointment at Central Texas Dermatology, call 512-327-7779.