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Dry Skin Tips & Treatments

Dry Skin Tips and Treatments by Bristol Based Dr Quandt

Dry skin is a problem that affects many people in varying degrees. Some people occasionally have mildly tight or flaky skin that goes away quickly with treatment but other people have flaking and itching that bothers them constantly, causing daily and nightly distress. Read our Dry Skin Tips & Treatments below.

Older age is one of the most common causes of dry skin.  Most people start getting dry skin in their 50’s.  By their 60’s everyone has some degree of dry skin.  As we age the epidermis becomes thinner and the stratum corneum can’t hold as much water as it used to.

Dry skin

  • Dry skin results in flaking, itching and dullness
  • Dry skin does not produce enough oil
  • Cold weather and harsh conditions make symptoms worse

Dry Skin Type can produce:

  • Almost invisible pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity
  • More visible lines

When exposed to drying factors, skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:

  • Genetic factors
  • Ageing or hormonal changes
  • Weather, such as wind, sun, or cold
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
  • Indoor heating
  • Long, hot baths and showers
  • Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers
  • Medications

Here are some tips for taking better care of dry skin:

  • Take shorter showers and baths, no more than once daily
  • Use mild, gentle soaps or cleansers. Avoid deodorant soaps
  • Don’t scrub while bathing or drying
  • Apply a rich moisturiser right after bathing. Ointments and creams may work better than lotions for dry skin but are often messier. Reapply as needed throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier and don’t let indoor temperatures get too hot
  • Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, solvents, or household detergents

For more information, tips and advice, to find your nearest treatment centre in Bristol or to arrange a personal consultation please contact Dr Quandt direct on 07557 237480

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