A lot of our patients at SkinCare Physicians are experiencing dry itchy skin at this time of year. This infographic shows in 6 easy steps what you can do to minimize your symptoms and moisturize your skin more effectively.
Step 1: Take short warm showers. It’s always tempting to take a long hot shower in winter, but this will make your skin’s dryness and itching worse.
Step 2: Use a mild unscented soap or soap free cleanser, such as Dove or Cetaphil. Harsh soaps can dry out your skin. Harsh soaps can dry out your skin.
Step 3: Only use soap where needed. Soap is not really required all over the body every day!
Step 4: Don’t dry your skin completely after showering; just pat dry with a towel.
Step 5: Apply moisturizer immediately to damp skin. Look for unscented moisturizers that contain lactic acid or urea; they can be effective for extremely dry itchy skin. Ointments such as Aquaphor or Vaseline can be greasy, but trap moisture better than lotions.
Step 6: Turn on humidifiers in your house; they can help make the air less dry, which will benefit your skin. If you don’t have one, place bowls of water on top of radiators.
The good news is that once spring arrives, the ambient air is moister, and skin dryness and itch tend to improve.
If these simple measures do not help, see your dermatologist or contact us. You may need a prescription medication to relieve your symptoms.
Editor’s note: This updated blog was originally published on March 25, 2013.
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