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What to do for dry skin?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Cerave: From the outside cerave, neutrogena norwegian formula, lac 5 are all good for dry skin. In addition internally essential fatty acids such as flax , borage, or krill oil can be helpful. If it localized on the hands there may be contact allergy component which patch testing can discover.
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 43 years experience
Dry skin: Avoid deodorant soap. Reduce duration of shower. Use less hot water. Put a lotion such as cerave or eucerin on skin daily especially after bathing.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Protect: Avoid things that dry you out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Any options: Use less soap as it tends to be drying, apply a bath oil or eucerin after bathing but before the skin is completely dry, reapply eucerin on damp skin (as this traps the moisture in the skin) throughout the day, and drink plenty of water.
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. Christopher Abel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: Non scented soaps followed by generous application of moisturizing creams/lotions.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Dry skin: Apply moisturizing cream everyday especially after showers. Cetaphil is a good brand.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Multiple steps: Long term care of chronically dry skin consists of several things. First, avoid frequent bathing as this can strip natural oils out of your skin. Use moisturizing body washes/soaps - look for them to say 'moisturizing' on the the label (like dove or tone). Never rub your skin - pat yourself dry. Finally, liberal use of moisturizers, several times daily all over the body, but stick with unscented!

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is having dry skin abnormal?

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Yes: Dry skin means that the epidermal surface is compromised and is losing water. Pronged dry skin will enhance the risk of a skin infection.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

My skin is very dry what should I do?

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Dry Skin: Moisturizers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping. Thicker moisturizers work best, such as over-the-counter brands eucerin and cetaphil. You may also want to use cosmetics that contain moisturizers. Use warm water and limit bath time. Avoid harsh, drying soaps (use dove liquid soap). Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing. Try to use detergent without dyes or perfumes.
Indianapolis, IN
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.
Austin, TX
A 39-year-old male asked about a male:

How do I improve dry skin?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Avoid over-washing: A daily moisturizing cream used 2-4 times a day helps to heal dry skin and to prevent return of the dry rash. Examples: Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin. Some people avoid creams with lanolin, aloe, or fragrances because they are sensitive to the ingredients. If the skin is a bit reddened, is getting itchier, or is roughed up by scratching, one might add hydrocortisone 1% cream twice a day for 5-10 days.
Clermont, FL
A 27-year-old female asked:

What can you use to help dry skin?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Moisturizer.: A good moisturizer / emollient. Talk to your pharmacist and buy a good generic. Apply liberally twice a day. Do not wash the affected area excessively or use harsh soaps or solvents.

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