Treating Dry Skin
If you suffer from the common condition we know as dry skin, then you likely have skin that is cracked, scaly and/or covered in dry patches. In addition, you’re likely having a hard time trying not to scratch and itch it constantly. The winter season can be tough for those suffering with dry skin. However, there are other factors that can bring about your serious dry skin like the environment and even genetics.
People who have eczema often suffer from very dry skin. Sometimes certain medications can also cause dryness of your skin. It’s important that you avoid scratching or itching to avoid and prevent damage to the skin in the form of rashes and to prevent bacterial infections.
What Causes Dry Skin?
There are numerous things (both internal and external factors) that can cause dry skin. Among the most common include:
– Frequent bathing
– Non-moisturizing soap
– Excessive use of solvents or sanitizer
– Really cold temperatures
– Low humidity
– Swimming in high chlorine-level pools
– Certain health conditions
– Skin conditions (eczema or dermatitis)
– And more!
Treatment Options for Dry Skin
If you are looking to get some relief you have many options. Unfortunately, there is no individual product or treatment that will work for everyone. But that’s okay because you still have a variety of remedies to try. If your dry skin hasn’t improved for quite some time it’s time to see a professional. There are some dry skin treatments that can be acquired through a dermatologist.
Medications – Prescription treatments for dry skin treatment typically include corticosteroids, steroids, and moisturizing creams and lotions, among others.
Home Remedies – Treating dry skin through means of home remedies often means using natural herbs and other natural ingredients that offer natural moisturizing properties. Among the most commonly used natural ingredients include Honey, Sunflower Seed Oil, Oatmeal, Argan Oil, Aloe Vera and many more.
Skin Care Routine – Your personal skin care routine could be drying out your skin as well. Changing your skin care habits could greatly improve your dry skin.
Do's & Dont's For Dry Skin Treatment
- harshly rub or scrub your skin with a towel when drying off
- excessively bathe or wash your hands – this isn’t ideal if your job demands regular hand-washing. I.e.; food, healthcare and childcare industries
- use harsh soap
- use antibacterial soap – the American Skin Association advises people to avoid this soap if they have dry skin
- scratch your skin – the more scratching you do the higher your risk for bacterial infection
- wear harsh clothes that scratch the skin
- gently pat your skin dry
- opt for soaps that provide moisturizing properties
- be aware of what materials irritate your skin so you can avoid them. This can cause dry skin and is easily avoided when you know what to look for
- choose a moisturizing cleanser to help prevent drying your skin out further
- apply moisturizing lotion immediately after your bath or shower. You can also find in-shower moisturizers that provide relief as well
Phototherapy for Eczema
For the severe dry skin condition known as eczema, there is a treatment available called phototherapy. It uses ultraviolet rays to treat dry skin on the whole body or a specified area.
The type of phototherapy used for eczema is narrowband ultraviolet B (UVB) light. Phototherapy is proved to be effective in 70% of cases and declared as safe overall, but there are still negative impacts associated with this treatment.
Phototherapy helps reduce itch, calm inflammation, improve immunity against bacteria and enhance production of vitamin D. However, the risks can’t be ignored. Phototherapy is an extremely slow process and time-consuming.
Other Risks Associated With Phototherapy
Burning – Ultraviolet rays are extremely harsh and can cause burning and redness of the skin. Patients with a light complexion are more prone to such bright and blistering light and more likely to burn from dangerous ultraviolet rays.
Damage to Skin – With time, the skin becomes more wrinkled and freckled. The skin also becomes darker resembling a suntan, and dark brown spots can start to appear on the skin.
Skin Cancer – It is well known that long term exposure of ultraviolet light to the skin can lead to skin cancer. There is no practical proof of skin cancer resulting from this particular eczema treatment, but there is such a thing as too much UV radiation exposure, which can lead to skin cancer.
PUVA – This is a medication given to patients undergoing eczema phototherapy. It can cause issues like nausea and headache. The ultraviolet A light, if taken with PUVA, can lead to cataracts if eyes are not properly protected during treatment.
This treatment option isn’t ideal for everyone and is often why the majority turn to natural means to help improve their dry skin or eczema.
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Regardless of what you choose as your dry skin treatment, opt for those that don’t contain harsh substances and chemicals. Look for natural herbs and ingredients to reap the most benefits for your skin. Excessively fragranced soaps can be very irritating to the skin but you don’t have to sacrifice. Many natural dry skin treatment soaps offer a subtle but natural fragrance.