Say Goodbye to Dry Skin

16May

We all get dry skin from time to time, especially during winter when humidity levels and temperatures drop. However, sometimes the symptoms worsen and dry skin becomes a real problem. Here are the signs and treatments to be aware of:

Types:

There are four types of dermatitis: allergic dermatitis (also known as eczema), atopic dermatitis (often hereditary), contact dermatitis (due to a chemical agent) and seborrheic dermatitis (common in infants).

Symptoms:

Feeling of tightness in the skin following bathing
Skin that is rough, red and/or itchy
Skin that is flaking, scaling, cracking or peeling
Grey skin patches in people with dark skin
Deep cracks that may bleed

Causes:

Dry skin may be caused by environmental factors or it could be a symptom of a more serious genetic disorder, for example psoriasis. Some people are more prone to dry skin and need to manage the environmental factors carefully. Taking long hot baths or swimming excessively will dry out the skin, as will using harsh soaps and detergents. Too much UV exposure also leaves the skin vulnerable.

Prevention and Treatment:

There are many lifestyle remedies that can prevent or help manage dry skin conditions. You should try showering every other day and keep bathing time between 5 to 10 minutes. Avoid hot showers, use a moisturising soap and moisturise as soon as you get out of the shower. Our skilled pharmacists at Chemistworks can help recommend a suitable soap-free wash for your skin. It is important to avoid scrubbing dry skin patches, and to pat your skin dry. Using a humidifier in the home may also help.

If your skin still doesn’t improve, it’s time to see your doctor. If you have very dry or scaly skin, you may need an over-the-counter cream that contains lactic acid; or your doctor may prescribe you a specific ointment. Our pharmacists at Chemistworks can take care of your prescription needs.

The main focus is on reducing the risk of infection caused by open sores and cracked skin. Untreated dermatitis only gets worse so it’s best to seek treatment early and feel comfortable sooner.