Is your dry skin itchy and flaky or cracking and peeling?
While dry skin may indicate any of several skin disorders such as psoriasis or eczema, you may simply have skin that is badly in need of hydration. The epidermis, or outer layer of skin, is easily dehydrated, particularly in cold, windy weather or after extensive unprotected sun exposure. Flaky, itchy skin, itchy scalp, or scaling can result. Painful chaffing can appear on the skin.
These problems can be very annoying and uncomfortable, not to mention
unattractive. Severely dehydrated skin can result in dermatitis, a common skin
irritation. Dermatitis can be easily treated by your physician, but it is
certainly unattractive and uncomfortable during an attack of dermatitis.
To cure your serious itchy, scaly skin problems, you must
avoid cleaning the skin with hot water. Always cleanse itchy, flaky or cracked
skin with lukewarm water. Using water that is too hot simply removes more of
the important natural protective oils produced by the skin, resulting in more
itching, cracking and flaking. While skin is still damp from cleansing,
liberally apply a good quality moisturizing
lotion or oil to the affected areas. There are lotions specifically
formulated for itchy, cracking skin problems and are available at very
affordable prices. If you believe your skin problem may be psoriasis, eczema,
dermatitis or another of the many skin problems, you should consult with your
doctor. But for every day, common dehydrated skin, regular use of moisturizing
products applied twice per day should remedy the problems quickly.
If scaly, itchy scalp is your problem, cleanse hair
thoroughly with moisturizing shampoo,
rinsed well with tepid water. Follow this with a good quality moisturizing
conditioner. If itchy, flaky scalp problems continue, you may need to seek the
advice of your doctor to obtain a prescription formula shampoo to control the
Yoav Cohen is an author for AHAVA Dead Sea products site.