Dry Skin recommendations by our Board Certified Dermatologists:
- Always use lukewarm water when possible. Avoid very HOT or COLD water.
- Avoid saunas and steam baths because the temperature is too HOT.
- Keep bathing time SHORT, ideally less than 15 minutes.
- Do NOT use bubble bath.
- Use a mild soap and use just enough to wash the dirty areas. Examples of mild soaps include unscented Dove, Basis, and Cetaphil.
- Do NOT vigorously scrub when you cleanse the skin.
- After bathing, PAT your skin lightly with a towel. Do not rub or scrub the skin.
Moisturizers & Prescriptions
- ALWAYS apply moisturizers immediately after bathing (within 3 minutes). This helps to “lock-in” moisture.
- Use the moisturizer several times a day over the whole body.
- Good summer moisturizers include: Lubriderm, Aveeno, and Cetaphil lotions.
- Winter moisturizers should be stronger and include: Aquaphor, Vaseline, and Eucerin, Cetaphil, and CeraVe creams.
- If you have prescription creams given to you by the doctor, be sure to apply them only to the affected areas and apply them BEFORE you apply any moisturizer. In fact, it is best to apply prescription creams and moisturizers at different times of the day.
Laundry & Clothing
- Avoid laundry products with added color or perfumes. Instead, use unscented hypo-allergenic laundry products such as Dreft, Tide Free, Cheer Free & Gentle, and all Free & Clear.
- If the skin still seems dry or sensitive, you can try double-rinsing the clothes.
- Avoid tight or “scratchy” clothing such as wool.
- Sometimes a humidifier or vaporizer, used at night, can help with dry skin. Remember to keep it clean to avoid mold growth.