Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in your body? Your skin is responsible in keeping you protected from extreme temperatures, helps you stay hydrated and protects your body’s vital organs. But irritation, dryness and damage can decrease your skin’s ability to function properly and effectively. That’s why it is important that you include prevention and treatment of dry skin in your daily health routine.
Here are some of the causes and treatment of dry skin.
· Dehydration – it is when you lose too much fluid in your body. Even mild dehydration can cause damage and dry skin.
· Medications and lotions for your acne – your skin acts as a protective barrier to your organs and using harsh chemicals can cause dryness to your skin.
· Allergies – food allergies and skin allergies can cause skin irritation that can lead to eczema, making your skin dry.
· Sunburn – too much exposure from the sun will cause damage to your skin, blisters, and irritation, especially if you go out without sun protection.
· Hot water – taking hot showers, or even washing your hands with hot water, can disrupt and cause damage to the protective layer of your skin, which can then lead to dryness.
· Winter weather – the winter cold air has low humidity which can contribute to your skin to be flaky and itchy.
· Hot or summer weather – the hot weather can increase water loss from your body and can lead to dehydration. Summer heat will make you sweat more, causing the skin to feel irritated.
Tips in treating your dry skin:
· Consume plenty of water and/or fluids – men should drink at least four liters and women should consume at least 3 liters of water every day. This is to replenish the fluids that your body lost during your day’s activities.
· Use products that promote and restore your skin’s moisture – take vitamins that that will help you keep your skin healthy. And choose products that will retain moisture to your skin. Also, applying lotion after every washing will help treat and prevent dry skin.
· Gentle soaps and warm water – please use gentle and hypo-allergenic soaps and warm water when showering. Avoid using fragrance soaps that can cause skin irritation. Also, it is recommended that you use cooler water in treating dry skin.
· Wear sunscreen and sun protection – even when you are not going outside, it is still recommended that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Also, wearing a sun protection when outdoors will give additional protection to skin, aside from the protection that the sunscreen provides.
· Take extra precaution during winter and summer weather – use extra set of clothes as protection during winter season, and light, breathable clothes during summer.
If you have tried treating your dry skin but did not see improvement, you can contact our dermatologists at Doral Health and Wellness. Our specialists will help you examine your condition and treat your dry skin problems. Never take your dry skin for granted as it can develop into a more serious skin problem, such as psoriasis or eczema. To book an appointment, you can at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York or call us 718-DORAL-55. You can also visit our website at https://doralhw.org to book an appointment online.