There is nothing worse than suffering from dry, irritated skin. Even when it feels like you have moisturized enough, the itching and burning caused by the dryness always return. There are so many factors that contribute to dry skin; soap, weather, genetics, and diet are the main causes. Luckily, dry skin can be treated, and even prevented if you take the necessary precautions. If you suffer from dry skin on a regular basis, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist what treatments might be best in your specific case.
One of the most common causes of dry skin is soap! Yes, soap! Most of us wash our skin with soap to protect it from dirt, germs, and excess body oils. Unfortunately, using soap excessively, or even on a routine basis for some people, causes their skin to dry out. Soap is naturally highly alkaline, which means it not only cleanses your skin, but it strips the essential oils of the skin, leaving no moisture or protection from dryness. If you use a scented soap you are only compounding the problems, because often the fragrances strip the skin of oils and cause allergies.
If you routinely suffer from dry skin you may want to think about using soap substitutes, such as an aqueous cream or an emulsifying ointment. You can use these products like you would liquid soap by mixing a small amount with hot water and then applying it to your body. Perhaps switching back and forth between one of these alternatives and soap will help your skin find a balance.
Moisturizers should be applied to the skin regularly. Moisturizers leave a protective film over the skin that helps to retain moisture. Humectants such as glycerin, and phospholipids can be useful as hydrating instruments, and ointments have a propensity to be more effective for most people than creams. Barrier creams work great for people who are exposed to high levels of moisture or have contact dermatitis, although a major complaint of people who use the barrier creams is that they make your hands really slippery.
Once you deal with the moisture problem, the level of skin irritation should subside, and your skin should return to a more beautiful and comfortable state. If you still suffer from itchiness or burning, oatmeal and tar-based oil products can be useful in the bath. These elements are successful in relieving itchiness caused by dry skin.
Protecting yourself from cold temperatures or wind with moisturizers will help to minimize the effects that weather has on the skin. Cold temperatures and wind have a tendency to suck all the moisture out of the skin, and when you are exposed to the conditions on a routine basis, extremely dry skin can be the result. Moisturizing before and after weather exposure is the best preventative measure.
There really is nothing that can be done about genetics. Of course, genetics just give you a better chance of suffering from dry skin, but just because people in your family suffer doesn’t mean you have to. Moisturize regularly and try to prevent the dry skin from starting in the first place! Prevention is key when you have a genetic pre-disposition to dryness.
Your diet should contain a healthy, balanced intake of foods from all food groups. Water is of utmost importance. Your body loses one to three quarts of water per day, so you need to be sure to drink that and then some! If your body does not have enough water to work with, your skin will suffer. When you begin to drink water, you’ll see the changes in your dry skin almost immediately. If you’d like to add supplements to your diet to help beautify your dry skin flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, pine bark extract, zinc, and vitamin A will all help.
As you can see, treating dry skin requires thinking about more than one thing. Really, a good diet and prevention are what you need to concern yourself with. If you eat well and moisturize to prevent the dryness from occurring, you’ll be in good shape. Even if you suffer from horribly dry skin you can change that! Start now!As you can see,