causes dry skin (Xerosis) by Dermasil Labs
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has a natural oil coating over our skin that is produced by
oil glands. If this oil is removed, then the skin becomes dry
which can lead to cracking, which can lead to inflammation.
Xerosis is usually a long-term problem that recurs often,
especially in the winter. Cold winter weather can be hard on
skin because the amount of moisture is less than the amount of
moisture in warm air.
What to avoid
baths or showers. Try not to take more than one bath or
shower each day. Make your time in the bath or shower brief,
and avoid using hot water as this dries out your skin.
your use of soaps.
What to do:
toweling dry, don't rub. Blot the skin so there is still
some water left on it.
your skin lubricated. If you choose to apply bath oil
directly to the skin, pour a small amount into your palms
and then spread it onto your slightly damp skin immediately
after blotting dry. A teaspoon full is enough for the
average adult. If you prefer not to use bath oil, a cream or
lotion may be appropriate to calm the inflammation of your
dry, irritated skin. A good suggestion is Dermasil
- Use creams only in a single area.
Lotions generally work better for widespread areas.
- To combat the effects of dry indoor heat,
lower the temperature and use a humidifier in your room
during the winter months. Or put a shallow pan of water near
a heating source.
needs to be hydrated from the inside, too, to feel
comfortable and stay in good condition. Remember to drink
plenty of water; keep a water bottle in your backpack, to
remind you to drink plenty throughout the day.
that contain alpha hydroxy acids can be effective for
treating and preventing dry skin.
you want to use soap, choose a gentler cleanser. Avoid
excessive contact with soaps, many of which irritate and
worsen a dry skin condition
you like to swim during the winter months, don't use soap
after being in the pool. After swimming, rinse the chlorine
off with cool to warm water. If this is your only shower of
the day, then you can use a lotion or mild soap to cleanse
your skin. After your shower, apply bath oil or a
moisturizer to your skin.