Top 5 Tips to Avoid Dry Skin

With fall weather setting in, it’s time to start thinking about dry winter skin.  The best way to treat dry skin, also known as xerosis, is prevention.  These are Dr. Cherry’s 5 steps to prevent and treat dry, itchy winter skin.

  1. Instead of body wash, use a bar soap for sensitive skin.
  2. Use luke warm water instead of hot.
  3. After you are finished showering, turn off water and pat dry with a towel before getting out.
  4. Keep a large jar of moisturizing cream in the shower.  My favorites are CeraVe, Cetaphil, and Aveeno.  Apply your moisturizer while still in the shower, making it part of your routine and locking in moisture before stepping into the dry, cooler air.
  5. If you follow these steps and are still experiencing dry, itchy skin, consult a board certified dermatologist as you may have a more serious medical condition such as eczema.

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