How To Treat Dry Skin At Home?

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    How To Treat Dry Skin At Home?

    The natural skin acquires its soft and flexible texture from the water. In order for the skin to remain soft, flexible and natural, the top layer must contain at least 10% water and ideally between 20 and 35%. To help protect the outer layer of skin from its abnormal loss of water, the sebaceous glands in the skin produce a fatty substance called sebum.

    Sebum is a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, candles and other natural chemicals that are a protective barrier against evaporation of water. If an internal or external factor leads to exhaustion of the sebum layer of the skin, the skin loses water and becomes dry. If environmental factors overcome the ability of sebum to prevent water evaporation, the skin will wither and crack.

    Dry skin is a very common problem in people of all ages. However, as we age, the skin loses its moisture and may become dry, bleak and scaly. Excessive dehydration can lead to severe itching and eczema. Dry skin can also aggravate existing skin diseases, such as dermatitis and psoriasis.

    You can prevent dry skin by doing the following:

    Bathe only once a day. Use warm, comfortable water (not hot), using high-fat soap or glycerin. Set the shower time by 10 to 15 minutes and avoid scratching.

    If you are an athlete, bathe quickly after training or playing. Use warm water and bring your light soap with you, because the heavy metals in the training room may be very strong.

    When you finish bathing, apply a moisturizer while your skin is still wet. Vaseline, thick cream, is ideal for maintaining skin moisture.

    Cover the skin when you are outdoors. If you are unable to wear protective clothing, because of the hot weather or game regulations, put sunscreen with a moisturizer. If you are a swimmer, put a layer of Vaseline before going to the pool.

    If your home air is dry during the winter months, use a humidifier to increase humidity.

    Contact your primary care physician or dermatologist if you suffer from:

    • Dry skin does not respond to over-the-counter treatments.
    • Severe itching interferes with the ability to work and sleep.
    • Dry skin cracks and bleeds or becomes red, swollen, and painful.

    Dry skin treatment

    Moisturizers help to treat skin dermatitides, such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis. Moisturizers work to restore moisture by locking the water in the skin and creating a barrier on the surface of the skin to prevent further loss of water. The moisturizers come in different forms: creams, lotion, bath oils, and ointments.

    Dry the skin gently after bathing, using a towel and apply a good moisturizer to the slightly moistened skin immediately. It helps to retain moisture. If you suffer from excess flaking in the skin, place a lotion containing alpha hydroxy acid. Vaseline or thick cream is ideal for maintaining skin moisture.

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