Dry skin can be temporary, or it can be chronic. In most cases, it is caused by environmental factors like dry and cold weather. People who are over 40 are more likely to develop dry skin than younger people are. Some skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis increase the chances of developing dry skin. Our specialists offer comprehensive dry skin treatments to help you keep your skin at its healthiest. We can also help you learn more about at-home dry skin treatments that you can practice on your own.
When Should Somebody See a Doctor?
Dry skin is one of those conditions that generally responds to home care. If the dry skin doesn’t improve after making the appropriate lifestyle changes and/or using home remedies, it’s time to call a doctor. Patients with dry skin should also call us if any of the following are true:
• The dry skin is also reddened
• There are large areas of peeling or scaling skin
• The skin is so dry and itchy it impairs the patient’s ability to sleep
• The skin is so itchy that the patient has infections or open sores caused by scratching themselves
At-Home Dry Skin Treatments
Over-the-counter moisturizers are the first line of defense against dry skin. They work by sealing your skin so water can’t escape. Moisturizers should be used several times a day and immediately after bathing. Thick creams and ointments like Cetaphil or Eucerin work better than lotions do.
Ointments that contain petroleum jelly like Vaseline can also be helpful. They do tend to be greasy, so many people prefer to use them only before going to bed.
Oils, like baby oil, last longer than moisturizers do. They help prevent water from evaporating from the skin’s surface. Those with very dry skin may want to apply baby oil to their skin right after bathing. They should look for moisturizers containing any of the following ingredients: shea butter, olive oil, jojoba oil, lanolin, mineral oil and hyaluronic acid.
Avoiding Sun Damage
Perhaps one of the best dry skin treatments is simply protecting your skin from the sun. Exposure to the sun also dries out skin. A person should therefore always wear sunscreen when going outside to protect their skin. They should also wear broad-brimmed hats and long-sleeved shirts for the same reason.
Talk to Our Dermatologist
If your skin issues persist despite proper at-home care, we can provide you with comprehensive dry skin treatments for a variety of conditions at Dr. Yeoman’s Dermatology Office. Contact us today at either of our offices in Poplar Bluff, MO or Paragould, AR to schedule your consultation and learn more!