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GETTING RID OF DRY WINTER SKIN

Do you suffer wintertime dry, itchy skin? It’s not just you. Many people visit the clinic throughout the winter months to inquire about the best cream to use to treat their dry skin. But moisturising creams are only one component of dry skin treatment.

Here are some recommendations from dermatologists for preventing and treating dry skin:

Harsh soaps are not your friend:

After using abrasive soaps in the shower, many individuals enjoy feeling “squeaky-clean.” However, these soaps deplete your skin of vital lipids (fats) that maintain skin moisture. Try a mild, fragrance-free cleanser instead, and only use it on skin that is obviously dirty or on the underarms and groyne.

Warm showers, not hot:

Like everyone else, I like taking a hot, steamy shower at the end of a chilly winter day. However, taking extended showers in hot water can dry out and irritate the skin. Jacuzzis, hot tubs, and saunas can all be used. Try adjusting the temperature dial so that the water is warm rather than hot, especially if your skin is dry, and keep your daily showers to no more than 10 minutes, once per day.

When you moisturise matters:

When your skin is still damp, such as shortly after a shower, is the ideal moment to moisturise. Gently pat your skin dry before slathering on a thick layer of moisturiser from head to toe. Because the moisturiser locks in the moisture that is already present on your skin, it is not only more efficient but also could feel less oily.

The thicker the better:

Lotions are far less effective at moisturising than ointments or creams. Creams are frequently thicker than lotions, and most ointments are made of petroleum or lanolin. You can also keep an eye out for shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil as additional hydrating components. Look for exfoliating substances like lactic acid or urea if your skin is flaky, but use caution if you have sensitive skin.

Go gentle all around:

Use delicate, unscented skin care products, such as deodorants and hypoallergenic laundry detergent. The likelihood of skin irritation is reduced by gentle or hypoallergenic products; preventing irritation can assist maintain the healthy skin barrier required to retain water from the inside.

Consider a humidifier:

Your skin will benefit greatly from using a humidifier to maintain a humidity level above 30% throughout the dry winter months.

Nature versus nurture:

The filaggrin gene has a hereditary mutation in some individuals. The development of the skin’s outer layer, which creates a barrier and aids in moisture retention, depends heavily on this gene. The affected individuals are predisposed to eczema and chronically dry skin due to this mutation. It is crucial for those who carry this mutation to adhere to all of the aforementioned advice for managing and preventing dry skin.

 Need to visit a dermatologist if these modifications do not result in better skin. On occasion, a prescription ointment or lotion can provide relief for extremely dry skin. A dermatologist can examine your skin and determine the plan that will benefit you the most. Dry skin can also be a sign of a more serious skin issue.

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