Every day our skin comes in contact with many different things such as the weather, clothes, soaps and lotions, and a variety of beauty products. Many of us will have dry skin from time to time but some of us will have very sensitive skin and/or a chronic skin condition. For occasional dry skin (often caused by dry heat or cold weather) try using a quality moisturizing cream, especially after showering or bathing.
If your symptoms don’t get better, contact your health care provider. You may have a skin condition such as eczema.
Things that may cause dry skin and what you can do:
- Too much bathing, showering, or swimming -> Limit your time in the water. Pat your skin dry and apply moisturizing lotion.
- Sweating too much -> Wear appropriate clothing for the weather and avoid getting overheated.
- Sudden temperature changes, humidity -> Avoid being outside during extreme weather conditions.
- Harsh soaps, cosmetics, perfume -> Use mild soap and hypoallergenic makeup and avoid perfume scented products.