What is causing your dry skin? Joel Schlessinger MD reveals the answer

What is causing your dry skin? Joel Schlessinger MD reveals the answer

Joel Schlessinger MD speaks with DailyGlow.com about common causes of dry skin.

Itchiness, tightness, flaking and redness are symptoms that people with dry skin deal with on a daily basis. While there is no way to avoid one’s skin type, there may be factors that aggravate the skin and cause these symptoms to worsen. In “7 Surprising Causes of Dry Skin,” on DailyGlow.com, Joel Schlessinger MD and other experts address this issue. They reveal everyday products and practices that contribute to dry skin and a lack of moisture.

The environment, skin care products and harsh ingredients may be to blame for dry skin, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD.

One daily habit that strips the skin of moisture is cleansing. Cleansing with harsh soaps and detergents can cause itching and flaking to worsen so it is important to use mild cleansers if you have dry skin. Make sure your facial cleanser, body wash and even your laundry detergents have gentle formulas that are free of ingredients such as dyes and fragrances.

Other factors, such as dry air, can be extremely harsh on dry skin. Environments with low humidity both indoors and outdoors lack moisture, making skin feel tight and irritated. To replace this moisture, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using a humidifier.

Aside from changes to your routine, Joel Schlessinger MD recommends using products that soothe dry skin.

Replenishing dry skin with moisturizing lotions and creams is an excellent way to reduce irritating symptoms. “Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep a mild, 1% hydrocortisone cream on hand,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “Use it early if you see signs of chapped or dry skin.”

FixMySkin Healing Body Balm Unscented with 1% Hydrocortisone is an excellent choice for dry skin. The healing formula penetrates deeply into skin to hydrate and heal dry, damaged cells.

Do you have questions about your dry skin care issues? Let Joel Schlessinger MD know in the comment section.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on May 24, 2013, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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