Depending on where you live, you can face dry air that affects your skin during different times of year. Some regions have dry winters, while for others, summers tend to be the driest. Whenever the air is dry, you can notice changes in your skin. Scaly, rough skin is uncomfortable and unattractive. To keep your skin healthy during the driest times of year, follow these dermatology tips:
- Moisturize! For very rough skin on elbows, knees or heels, a ointment may be needed to protect the skin and trap moisture. Cream-based moisturizers and lotions are perfect for overall skin care.
- Limit hot water exposure. Soaking in a bath or taking a long hot shower will not help add moisture to your skin. In fact, you should limit hot water exposure during dry weather. Hot water strips the natural oils from your skin, making it drier.
- Moderate soap use. You want to use mild soaps and moderate how often you wash your skin when it is dry. Soaps wash away bacteria, but also wash away your natural skin oils.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated can help keep your skin healthy and soft during dry seasons.
- Keep chemicals off your skin. Too much astringent, hand sanitizer or any type of chemical can dry out your skin. Stay away from alcohol-based astringents and anything that can strip oils from your skin.
Dry skin can be itchy, dull and uncomfortable. In severe cases, it can lead to bacterial infections and dermatitis. If you struggle with dry skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to get treatment options to keep your skin healthy during the dry months of the year.
Posted on behalf of:
Olansky Dermatology Associates
Peachtree Lenox Building
3379 Peachtree Road #500
Atlanta, GA 30326