Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin is Dry Home Care

Home care for dry skin includes:

  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Wash your skin gently with mild soap twice a day.
    • Take oatmeal baths.
  • Pat your skin dry after bathing: do not rub the skin.
  • Use hypoallergenic cosmetics.
  • Use hypoallergenic soap.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
    • Wear clothing that blocks the sun's rays.
    • Apply sunscreen that blocks UV radiation.
    • Wear a hat.
  • Apply a moisturizer for dry skin:
    • Lubriderm
    • Eucerin
  • Wear all cotton clothing.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to your hands and feet at night.
  • Wear thin gloves and socks at night.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Skin is Dry Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have dry skin and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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