Dry skin is a very common skin problem that affects at least one in five people. Dry skin - cracks, flaking, itching, tightness on shins, face, hands, lips or feet is something that most of us have experienced from time to time. But for some, dry skin and its related itch are almost constant problems that can at times seem almost impossible to sooth. Fortunately, with LINACARE dry skin need not make life a misery.
What causes dry skin?Genetics: Some forms of dry skin are inherited.
There are many cause of this extremely common condition including:
Skin disorders: Dry skin may be a symptom of a hereditary or chronic dry skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or contact dermatitis.
Sun: Sun exposure creates a damaged outer layer of skin where skin cells adhere poorly to each other and the result is that the surface of new skin being formed is continually unhealthy and impaired. Sun protection is vital to the health of skin, and removing the damaged outer layer of skin can also help.
Aging: Sebum, together with other natural oils, known as lipids, and natural moisturizing factors (NMFs), form a barrier that keeps water in. In dry skin this barrier is no longer intact so the skin suffers from increased moisture loss. Dry skin becomes particularly prevalent as we get older, as our bodies do not produce these natural oils as effectively.
Weather: Dry, cold and windy weather can cause the skin to peel, flake and thicken. Also, central heating, air conditioning, poor ventilation can be drying to the skin.
Soaps and other drying agents: Soap is the most common offender, especially for people who wash often; but also chemicals, detergents and solvents can play a part in causing dry skin.
Excessive contact with water (believe it or not!): Long, hot showers and baths are very drying as they reduce the skin's natural moisturizing factors.
Soap Substitutes and Washes
Regular soap can dry and irritate your sensitive skin, and could contain ingredients (such as fragrances or deodorants) that may trigger a flare-up. Instead, try soap substitutes or washes that are gentler on your skin.
Moisturizers are the first line treatment for dry skin, eczema, dermatitis and the symptoms of dry skin associated with psoriasis. Moisturizers help to keep the skin moist and flexible so that it does not itch as much. When moisturizers are used correctly, mild and moderate symptoms can often be managed without resorting to any of the medicated skin treatments. Many dermatologists believe that with adequate moisture many skin problems can be eliminated.
Creams and ointments are more suitable if you have very dry, thickened or brittle skin but are usually greasier than lotions as they provide longer lasting moisturization. LINACARE is different - it has the benefits of a lotion as it is absorbed quickly into the skin and leaves no greasy after feel but it provides the long lasting moisturization of a cream. The longer lasting the moisturizer - the fewer times you need to apply it during the day.
How Can I Improve the Condition of my Skin?More tips for Softer, Smoother skin
- Keep your skin as moist as possible by using moisturizers regularly. Use twice daily for best results.
- Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp to help seal in moisture.
- Avoid using alcohol, soap or bubble bath. Soap substitutes will be much kinder to your skin and just as effective at cleansing.
- Keep the humidity high, especially when the central heating is on. Using a humidifier or placing a bowl of water in a room will help to keep moisture in the air.
- If you have dry skin on your hands, avoid too much contact with water. You can also wear cotton gloves inside waterproof gloves for all household tasks that involve water, detergents or chemicals.
No matter what the cause of your dry skin LINACARE Moisturizing creams can help. For safe, effective and non-irritating relief - no matter how dry your skin can get - you can trust LINACARE to improve the health and texture of your skin. Use twice daily and in 7 days you will see and feel the difference.
When skin is overly dry - whether from the weather or a skin condition such as atopic dermatitis, eczema or diabetes - it can start to itch. Sometimes you want to scratch so much it is unbearable. But as much as you want to scratch that itch - scratching only makes the problem worse. It irritates over stimulated nerve endings...and ends up creating a more intense, deeper itch. More scratching leads to even worse itching-and it becomes an endless "itch-scratch cycle."
Scratching can also lead to wounds or infection and even scarring. If you have a child with atopic dermatitis or eczema, you probably know what kind of damage too much scratching can do. And in the case of such conditions as diabetic dry skin, infection can lead to very serious problems.
What is the safest and most effective way to relieve the itch? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. The better you care for your chronically dry skin every day - with a non-drying, non-soap cleanser, followed by an effective, non-sensitizing moisturizer - the healthier and more comfortable it will be, and the less likely to become unbearably itchy.
For safe, effective moisturization - no matter how dry and itchy your skin - you can trust LINACARE Rehydrating Body Cream - Sensitive Skin or LINACARE Rehydrating Body Cream - Intensive (Unscented) to moisturize even the driest skin, and help prevent dry skin itch. Use it regularly twice a day and you will see the difference.
Special Care for Your Skin after Laser Treatments and other Cosmetic procedures
Laser treatments and chemical peels can do wonders to enhance your appearance. But the healing process can be long and difficult. The reason is that these procedures irritate the skin to remove old cells and stimulate the regrowth of younger-looking skin. However, this irritation and resulting moisture barrier damage can leave the skin vulnerable to environmental insults, such as exposure to sun or chemicals. You've actually had the old, top layers 'peeled away' to let the new skin underneath come to the surface. During the recovery period, your skin will go through various stages of healing. At certain points it may seem like your skin has gotten worse.
You should always check with your physician if you have any questions or concerns about how your skin looks and feels. But if everything is proceeding normally, the best thing you can do is give your skin the special care it needs to heal.
Gentle Cleansing Helps
While your skin is healing - and even after - keep it clean by gently cleansing with either lukewarm water alone or a mild soap or cleanser. Remember to pat your dry with a light touch and soft towel. Rubbing can cause irritation.
Moist Healing is the Key...
Skin heals best in a moist environment. You can help give it the daily hydration it requires by applying LINACARE Transforming Face Cream while your skin is recovering. LINACARE helps reduce redness, relieve the itchiness of healing dry skin, and prevent blistering and scab/crust formation by keeping the healing environment moist for as long as possible.
LINACARE is fragrance-free, lanolin free and irritant-free, so safe, it is recommended for use on compromised skin. It has been clinically proven to help skin heal, so you look and feel better faster. While your skin is recovering, use it at least two or three times daily for the very best results.