Even if you do your best to avoid dry skin, you may still experience dryness at times. If the condition does not seem to be improving, see a dermatologist who can diagnose and treat you effectively. Some of the more common causes of dry skin include
When you visit your dermatologist try to provide information that will assist him in the diagnosis. Write down any medications you are currently taking and keep track of your diet. Note where your body is itchy and whether itchiness is more bothersome at certain time periods during the day or if worse when wearing certain clothing.
Chronic dry skin with inflammation or intolerable itching may be diagnosed as eczema.
Often dry skin can be treated with a cream or ointment you can buy over the counter in your local drug store or discount store. Prescription ointments may yield quicker results, but there are many good over-the-counter moisturizers too. Aveeno products, Cerave, Cetaphil and Eucerin are all good quality moisturizers that come in both lotion and cream forms.
If Dr. Pilest does not feel that you need a prescription lotion, he will advise you what key ingredients to seek in a moisturizer or he may recommend a particular brand. You will want ingredients that help your skin retain water (urea). Follow the specific recommended routine, which may include multiple applications throughout the day or applying the product to damp skin.
Dr. Pilest may suggest a medication modification if you are experiencing an allergic reaction. He may also take tests to make sure you are not allergic to certain materials that could trigger dry itchiness. He may recommend that you avoid wearing or exposing your skin to certain materials. If the condition appears to be related to a more serious undiagnosed condition, you will be recommended to a specialist before topical treatments.
In some situations, diet may improve your skin’s condition. Vitamins A and B can help reduce dryness and limiting caffeine can also improve the appearance and condition of your skin. Foods with more fatty acids or zinc may also be recommended to help your skin retain water. Cold water fish oils are now recognized as useful supplements for skin moisture as well as for internal health.
Sometimes changing your skin care products can improve the condition of your skin. Harsh soaps and deodorants can dry out your skin. Deodorant soaps can be especially drying. You don’t really need deodorant soap on your entire body as only certain areas have odor glands.
In short, the cures and treatment of dry skin are related to the causes. If your dry skin discomfort is not responding to self-treatment, visit a dermatologist so you can get relief.
If you would like to learn more about the different treatment options for dry skin, please call our office at today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.