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What should I look for in a lotion for severely dry and cracked skin?

What should I look for in a lotion for severely dry and cracked skin?

Dry skin: Solvents like water & soap make dry skin worse. While moisturizers help combat this, minimizing skin exposure to solvents & applying moisturizers immediately after any solvent exposure are key. A general rule of thumb is that thicker greasy products are more effective for dry skin... Ointments are better than creams are better than lotions. Fragrance-free products are best for limiting irritation. ...Read more

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I get very dry, itchy skin in the winter. What are some good ways to alleviate it and what should I look for in a lotion or moisturizer?

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I get very dry, itchy skin in the winter. What are some good ways to alleviate it and what should I look for in a lotion or moisturizer?

Dry skin: if symptoms are really bothersome you may want to see a dermatologist, meanwhile, try some skin care techniques: as bathing with cream soap, moisturize your skin right after, no special moisturizer, any good one can do, the idea is to trap the moisture right after hydrating your skin, hydrate you body well, and avoid prolonged sun exposure, occasional antihistamine might help too, good luck ...Read more

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I have very dry skin on my arms and legs, what is a good body lotion or cream to use?

I have very dry skin on my arms and legs, what is a good body lotion or cream to use?

Please look at the: ingredients on the label of any skin cream you are thinking of using. If it has alcohol in it do not buy it. Alcohol dries the skin. Vitamin E capsules can help the skin. Peace and good health. Also, add good fat to your diet, i.e., coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil. ...Read more

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What would you recommend for extremely dry, cracked lips with a red ring around the mouth. Been this way for 6 months and used doxycycline and elidel (pimecrolimus).

What would you recommend for extremely dry, cracked lips with a red ring around the mouth. Been this way for 6 months and used doxycycline and elidel (pimecrolimus).

Lip dryness: First you need to stop using all topical stuff on your lips, such as lip balm, lipstick, etc. It can be a contact dermatitis. I would only use vaseline and Elidel (pimecrolimus) twice a day. Do you have skin rashes anywhere else? If so, seek the opinion of an allergist to find out the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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How often should I use an exfoliant on my face if I have very dry skin? What is the best one for dry, acne prone skin?

How often should I use an exfoliant on my face if I have very dry skin? What is the best one for dry, acne prone skin?

Dry facial skin: Skin becomes dry when there is an impaired skin barrier that lets moisture escape. When the skin is exfoliated, more of that barrier is removed, so the skin actually becomes drier. Gentle cleansers that do not scrub are best for dry skin, even skin that is acne-prone. There are also acne products that don't dry the skin as well. ...Read more

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I have a very sensitive dry skin. Do I need to put a lot of moisturizer? How much moisturizer is good for me and how to apply correctly?

Moisturization: If the skin barrier is compromised, e.g. from dry skin, bacteria can colonize the skin, irritate it & make it itchy, leading to scratching, more skin breakdown & more scratching. Depending on the dry skin severity, can guide which moisturizer to use. For mild dry skin, lotion can be good, for moderate, a cream can be good, for very dry, lotion + vaseline (all work best w/in 5 minutes of bathing) ...Read more

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What ingredients should I look for in an exfoliate for my face and how many time should I exfoliate?

What ingredients should I look for in an exfoliate   for my face and how many time should I exfoliate?

AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids are good options found in many products. Also a clarisonic mia is an option. Do it twice a week to begin. ...Read more

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My skin on the face became very dry especially around the nose and mouth. It burns wen I apply any cream. Why s this and which specialist should I visit?

My skin on the face became very dry especially around the nose and mouth. It burns wen I apply any cream. Why s this and which specialist should I visit?

Perioral Dermatitis: Certain medical conditions, such as perioral dermatitis and contact dermatitis, can affect the skin around your nose, mouth and eyes. This type of dermatitis primarily affects adult women as men rarely develop this condition. The exact cause is not quite understood but is believed to be related to poor hygiene, certain facial creams and topical creams and ointments. You may need oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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My feet are always dry and have a dark hard gray spots! I have to go to spa to clean and smooth! is there another solution?

My feet are always dry  and have a dark  hard gray spots!  I have to go to spa to clean and smooth! is there  another  solution?

Keratoses: Keratotic (so-called "stucco") lesions are common on the feet and elsewhere on the body. They are not dangerous but certainly are annoying. Try an otc lotion, such as lac hydrin or amlactin, with Lactic Acid or salicylic acid in it, to soften the top layer of skin. If those lotions aren't strong enough a dermatologist can prescribe one of a number of stronger preparations. ...Read more

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I have very itchy dry skin. What is the best soap or lotion to help moisturize? I tend to have sensitive skin.

I have very itchy dry skin. What is the best soap or lotion to help moisturize? I tend to have sensitive skin.

Hypoallergenic : Cleansers or lotions that are formulated for dry sensitive skin and dermatology tested such as aveeno, (oatmeal) cetaphil, cerave, nutraderm, eucerin, lubriderm, vanicream, burt's bees, neutrogena are all good. Be sure to avoid lotions and cleansers that contain fragrance. ...Read more

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What can be done for severely dry skin on my face?

Moisturizer and diet: Improve your diet, take recommended daily doses of fish oils, flax seed oils, drink plenty fluids throughout the day, and find a great facial moisturizer. Recommend the apple phloretin hydrator from cosmo grade. ...Read more