A luxurious moisturizer, extra-gentle soaps, and avoiding steaming hot showers and baths are a few things that dermatologists recommend for treating dry skin.
The most proven treatments for dry or dull skin include cosmetic solutions to help increase hydration and reduce redness, dry skin, flakiness, and irritation. Medical-grade products and procedures like the Hydrafacial Skin help to reintroduce lost moisture into the skin. Using the Vortex-Fusion delivery system, the Hydrafacial Skin cleanses and exfoliates the skin while also delivering hydrating hyaluronic acid.
If you’re experiencing dry skin that is rough to the touch, irritated, itchy, flaky or becoming red and inflamed, you might feel frustrated or defeated while looking for a solution that works. This is because the cause of dry skin can vary for everyone, and many different factors - both internally and externally - can be the perpetrators of this uncomfortable disorder.
What causes the skin to become this way is often just exposure to cold weather, low moisture in the air, or soaking in hot water. However, dry skin can also be caused by more complex issues, such as skin conditions, health concerns, or harsh chemicals.
Knowing what is causing your dry skin is the key to successfully treating or maintaining it. In many cases, it can be as easy as applying lotion or moisturizer and rehydrating the skin. For those with naturally dry or dull skin or underlying conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, it can require more in-depth solutions.
As the seasons start to change and the weather begins to drop, the moisture levels in the air can also begin to lower. During the winter, humidity is at a low and the air can become dry and cold, which can mean trouble for your skin.
When exposed to this type of environment for too long, skin can become dry and brittle, leading to painful side effects like cracking and itching. The “winter itch” is something many patients are familiar with in the cold, dry months and the uncomfortable tightness and flaky skin it brings. Cold temperature can also increase blood flow to the skin, which causes a flushed, red appearance. These harsh environments can also disrupt the protective barrier of the skin, increasing the risk of damage from bacteria, irritants, and allergens.
Thankfully, you can combat this by protecting yourself using layers of thick, insulated clothing and taking careful measures to keep as much moisture in the skin as possible. Worst yet, those with additional conditions like psoriasis and eczema can see more flare-ups during this season. Acne sufferers tend to produce less oil and become more dehydrated in the winter, which increases redness and breakouts in the skin.
When you suffer from dry skin, whether it is weather-based or due to other conditions, there are ways you can help to keep it under control and reduce any uncomfortable symptoms. Dermatologists will often recommend cutting back on long, hot showers — particularly in the winter.
Gentle, fragrance-free soaps are also recommended, and as an added precaution, avoid using soap on areas other than the underarms, feet, hands, bikini area, and face. Exfoliants, scrubs, and harsh ingredients should also be avoided to help reduce dryness. Even your detergent can contribute to irritation in the skin if it has too much fragrance or chemicals.
There are other steps you can take, such as humidifiers in the bedroom and wearing breathable fabrics whenever possible. Investing in high-quality skincare such as thick moisturizers and lotions can also help to provide comfort and relief from dry, itchy, and flaking skin. It can protect it from further damage as well.
Consultation with one of our Pryor Health dermatologists is the first step when it comes to treating dull or dry skin. During your consultation, they can help you determine the reason for dry skin, and address any underlying skin conditions or health concerns that may be the cause.
If it can be treated medically, a treatment process will be explained and you’ll be advised on treatment methods to maintain and prevent irritation. Our cosmetic specialists can help you undergo rejuvenating procedures to keep your skin healthy and hydrated, even in harsh conditions.
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.