Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Dryness Treatment

Severe or persistent dry skin that does not respond to home care may need to be treated by your doctor. Home care should include use of a moisturizing lotion and avoiding harsh soaps that could over-dry the skin. Frequent bathing can also lead to over-drying. Other treatments for dry skin may include oatmeal baths, avoiding sun exposure, and sunscreen.

Treatment for dry skin may include:

  • Oatmeal baths
  • Hypoallergenic cosmetics
  • Hypoallergenic soap
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
    • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
    • Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
    • Wear a hat.
  • Moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Apply petroleum jelly to your hands and feet at night.

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Last Updated: Dec 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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