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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is good for dry skin?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Moisture!: Any otc moisturizer is a good place to start. They can range from thick (like an ointment) to thin (like a lotion). Soaking in water before applying any moisturizer helps with the overall result. And if you are applying it once a day and it is wearing off then you need to do it more frequently. If your problem doesn't respond then you should have a dermatologist take a look.
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
Dr. Patrick Connerly
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Many options: Dry skin has many causes. As we age, skinwill be drier. Diet with appropriate fatty and essential oils, as well as adequate Vitamin A and zinc are very important. For mild dry skin, moisturizing lotions help but for severe oils are more helpful
Dr. Edward Keuer
Specializes in Dermatology
Emollients, Bathing: The key is to retain moisture, best done by applying emollients after baths/showers. Use warm water and mild soaps to clean, then apply THINLY Vaseline or Aquaphor. If you prefer, Cetaphil, Aveeno, or Cerave lotions are also helpful and a bit less "greasy".

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