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How to treat dry cracks on skin. does drinking water hydrate the skin or is it myth and does showering daily really dehydrate skin?

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Dr. John Despain
Dermatology 38 years experience
Hydration: Drinking more water will not repair skin cracks or make skin moister. The act of bathing hydrates the skin while washing but then as the skin dries the stratum corneum ( upper layer) dries and in fact can result in more skin dryness and irritation ( esp if hot water or harsh cleansers). After bathing briefly with gentle soap apply a rich non fragranced cream or ointment to skin to trap moisture.

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United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 18-year-old female asked:

How to treat dry cracks on skin soon? Does drinking water hydrate the skin or is it simply a myth?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emily Altman
Dermatology 29 years experience
Dry skin cracks: Drinking water is great for your entire body, but dry skin needs moisturizing with an ointment or cream that will occlude the surface and not allow water from inside the skin to escape and evaporate. If there is no infection on the skin, just applying petroleum jelly on a regular basis to cracked areas like heels helps a lot. Scrubbing or exfoliating dry areas make them more dry, unfortunately.
Last updated Feb 23, 2014

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