Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Xerosis 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 prescription medications as directed.

Xerosis Warning Signs

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

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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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