What About Dry Skin?

We covered oily skin a couple of weeks ago, so what about dry skin you may be asking? There are a multitude of therapies and products purported to fight dry skin, but in reality, what works is often the simplest and least expensive methods.

Some very effective ways to combat dry skin include:

  • Natural products—In case anyone is paying attention, recent reports indicate that skin care products in particular that are labeled “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance free” actually contain chemically made frakenfragrances and are totally allergenic. So it’s hard to beat single ingredient products like shea butter and petroleum jelly to avoid the marketing scams and poisonous ingredients.
  • Humidification—Especially as the air outside continues to dry out, it is very important to keep some moisture in your indoor environment by using a humidifier.
  • Protect your skin—Especially when outdoors, it’s important to protect your skin from sun and wind exposure. Use a high SPF sunscreen and wear gloves in cold and dry environments if your hands are very sensitive.
  • Trapping moisture—After showering and patting your skin dry, one of the best ways to keep your skin from drying out is to apply simple moisturizers such as shea butter and coconut oil. Petroleum jelly also works well.
  • Avoid hot water—When washing your face and body, use warm water. Water that is too hot can dry out the skin.

If you continue to experience problems with your dry skin after trying these methods, a trip to your dermatologist office is in order. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.