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What is the best way to treat dry skin?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Moisturizer: Daily use of a fragrance free, oil free moisturizer will hydrate the epidermis and reduce dry skin. Also, avoid prolonged hot showers and detergent based soaps.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dry skin: Avoid lengthy showers w hot water (warm is better). Oil-based moisturizers hydrate skin. Moisturize skin often. Hydrate well – especially w water. Eat a nutritious diet. Use gentle soaps or cleansers that are unscented & hypoallergenic. Avoid deodorant soaps or other harsh soaps. Remember that you don’t have to wash entire body w soap every day. Use soap on areas that are dirty or where body

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Best way to hydrate dry skin?

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Dr. John Ebner
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Many Tricks: Proper bathing routine (short 5 min shower, luke warm), immediately moisturize with a thick cream (no lotions) within 3 min after exiting the shower. Reapply moisturizer at one other time during the day to trouble areas. Also using a oil-based shower wash (like eucerin calming body wash, robathol, or neutrogena rain bath) can give some oil back to your skin in the shower. This should help a lot.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to address dry skin?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Ceramide Lotions: Avoid soap and hot showers. Shower less than 5 minutes. Daily application of a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizing lotion (cerave) will promote normal desquamation and exfoliation of the epidermis. In addition, it contains ceramide that will reduce insensible water loss and enhance the barrier function and epidermal and dermal water content.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What should i do to treat dry skin?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Shower & moisturize: Take a quick shower, then lightly apply moisturizer (non-greasy type best) to all dry areas (Vaseline Intensive Care / Eucerin / Sarna / similar should work). Depending on your work and amount of time outside, may have to apply couple of times a day at first to resolve, then daily while weather inhospitibable. Continuing symptoms should prompt Dermatology evaluation.

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