Dermatologists' Top Tips For Treating Severe Dry Skin
Dry skin is itself quite an irritating feeling. But when things become serious and dry skin converts to severely dry skin, you feel even more frustrating. One of the main reasons for the frustration is not being able to figure out what causes dry skin and how to treat it effectively. Once you get to know the reasons behind dry skin and also get to understand what triggers it, you will be able to treat it. All you need to do is follow a proper skincare routine, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water, and also make a few lifestyle changes.
Typical signs of severe dry skin
The most common sign of severe dry skinproblems is pretty similar to regular dry skin issues. But the main difference between the two is the severity of the condition. In severe dry skin, the symptoms are more visible. Dryness and irritation are more prominent. If you feel the tightness of skin more often, you itch your skin more than usual, you have large scaly dry patches, and you use moisturizer more than a person with dry skin will normally do, then your condition can be termed as severe dry skin.
If you identify these issues at an earlystage, you will be able to get rid of this problem faster.
- Dryness of skin, but the skin is itchy, scaly, and very painful.
- Redness of skin that is worsening with time and has started to peel, crust, scab, or scale off.
- People with darker skin tones will start seeing ashy looking skin or patches of grey skin.
- Skin with lots of cracks, oftentimes painful cracks.
- Unbale to sleep at night because of severe itching.
- You see the infection in your skin, such as blisters, pain, and even odor.
- Dry skin problem is not improving even after trying normal-dry skin treatment therapies.
Main causes of severe dry skin
- Environmental factors Most of the time, the weather is to be blamed for severe dry skin. Particularly, the winter season. During the winter season, the temperature drops along with humidity. If you already have dry skin, winter can worsen your dry skin problem leading to severe skin dry skin. During the winter season, you take a hot shower to combat the cold weather, and unfortunately, hot water escalates severe dry skin symptoms.
- Skin diseasesPeople who are already suffering from skin problems like psoriasis and eczema are more prone to see the symptoms of severe dry skin.
- Systemic diseasesPeople who are suffering from systemic disease, for example, diabetes and thyroid, can also prone to severe dry skin.
- AgeAnother reason for having severe dry skin is age. People who are older have more thin and sensitive skin. This is the reason why the majority of old people suffer from severe dry skin problems.
- Nutritional deficienciesPeople who don’t follow an adequate diet and lack the necessary vitamin and mineral, mostly zincand B-6, can cause severe dry skin.
- MedicationsThere are certain medications that can cause severe dry skin, such as furosemide, Retin-A, medicines for acne, or cholesterol problems can also play a vital role in causing dryness of theskin.
Dermatologist Tips for treating severe dry skin
As we have already explained, the best way to tackle severe dry skin problems is by making certain changes in our lifestyle, changing our skincare routine, and also by keeping our body hydrated.
1. Always shower after swimming
Swimming pools contain chlorine, and this substance is unfortunately not good for the skin as it can cause skin dryness. Therefore, to make sure that your skin is free from chlorine, ensure to take abath soon after you come out of the swimming pool. While cleaning your body, use a gentle and mild body cleanser or soap.
After you take a shower, make a habit of applying wet shower moisturizer. Meaning, while your skin is not completely dry, moisturize your body with a good moisturizer. Your skin remains moist when you come out of the shower, and when you moisturize your skin when it is petdried, the water molecules present on the skin binds with the outer layer of the skin, allowing your skin to feel hydrated.
3. Room humidifier
During cold weather, when the humidity level decreases, it makes sense to invest in a good humidifier. The humidifier will add sufficient moisture in the air, allowing your skin to breathe normally without making it feel dry. Even if it is not cold, and you stay in a low humidity area, it is better to use a humidifier.
4. Oatmeal bath
In a warm bathtub sprinkle some at oatmeal. Do blend the oatmeal and let it soak in the warm water for about 15-20 minutes. When nothing else seems to be working, this remedy could be an effective solution. Oatmeal releases beta-glucans, which is good for dry skin. It soothes the itchy, dry skin and helps it to feel better. Your skin gets nourished, and oatmeal cleans your skin as well.
5. Healthy supplements
If you have a severe dry skin condition, you can start taking some fish oil or flaxseed. These two supplements contain fatty acids, which helps in keeping your skin glowing and healthy.
6. Lotions with glycerin
Glycerin is very hydrating. Are you feeling that your normal moisturizing lotions are not able to help in keeping your skin hydrated, then use some lotions that have glycerin in it!
7. Keep your hands protected
You wash your hands often, and in order to wash your hands, you use a soapy solution a lot. This can make your hands feeldry. It is better to wear gloves when you do household chores. This way, you will not have to wash your hands frequently.
Severe dry skin can be controlled if you take precautions. Dry skin includes symptoms like cracked skin, flacking, and roughness. The best way to treat severe dry skin is by keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. That’s why you should always use a moisturizer after you take a shower, and drink lots and lots of water. If you still can’t treat dry skin problems, it is better to see a dermatologist.
Exfoliating Acids x DermDoctor
Exfoliating acids are an amazing addition to your skincare routine! They have multiple benefits including improving skin texture, tone, and uneven pigment. They also have anti-aging benefits and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles! Exfoliating acids should be used no more than 2x per week with leave on products. Face washes with acids can be used more often. Here’s my rules to the roads (there’s always exceptions, of course) and product picks: Glycolic acid: Most effective but can be irritating with sensitive skin or those who are prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Salicylic acid: Best for oily, acne-prone skin NATURIUM - BHA Liquid Exfoliant 2% THE inkey LIST - Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) Blemish + Blackhead Serum Lactic acid: Best for dry and combination skin. Exfoliates while hydrating, gentle on the skin, and my personal go-to! SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 5% + HA Mandelic acid: Most gentle exfoliating acid. Best for sensitive skin and those prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA #cheriepartner
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🎃𝕳𝖆𝖕𝖕𝖞 𝕳𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖔𝖜𝖊𝖊𝖓 𝖊𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖞𝖔𝖓𝖊! Good hygiene is rudimentary & necessary for everyone. For those of us suffering from acne, it can be a constant chore to keep bacteria away from our faces. Scary!🦠 I used to get intermittent breakouts & pimples throughout my 20s from a combination of things like partying a lot, staying up all night finishing projects for school & sleeping in my makeup constantly... Since those days, I have a solid skincare routine, don’t wear makeup much & I have learned so much about the hygiene steps it takes to have clearer skin. 🧫Most of what we learn about forming basic hygiene practices is from our upbringing. Growing up I knew my house was dirtier than other kids, but didn’t quite see the disservice my parents did until I was older. We can’t physically see bacteria, so it’s easy for some of us to put it out of our minds throughout the day. 🧼In addition to washing your face twice a day etc... I made some slides about hygiene tips to remember with help from Hello Kitty🎀 My skin has improved so much with these steps: 1. WASH YOUR HANDS ! Pretty obvious. We should all be doing it considering the current circumstances anyways. I actually always wash my hands before I wash my face. 2. CLEAN FACE TOWELS I lived with my parents briefly last year, what a nightmare... My dad was always using my cute face towels to wipe his hands after working construction & shit... I couldn’t get him to stop, even adding a second towel didn’t help. Now my roommate totally respects my towel & understands that a clean face towel is crucial to keeping my skin clear. A damp towel allows bacteria to proliferate. Face towels can be quite inexpensive, grab as many as you need depending on how often you do laundry🧺 3. CHANGE THOSE SHEETS Ideally everyone would change their sheets once a week. I’m sure we all know some people ( I’m looking at you straight men ) that wait a lot longer than that... If you have body acne, you may want to change them 2x weekly. Your body is constantly shedding dead skin cells, about 1.5 million every hour. Sleeping in clean pajamas can prevent some transfer, but if you toss & turn a lot, you could be shedding even more. 4. AND THE PILLOWCASE ! I change my sheets once a week, but I change pillowcases at least twice as often. No matter what type of pillowcase you use, at least a weekly wash is a MUST! In my college days I was always crashing at my guy friends apartments, & often carried my TP 🧻in my backpack... in retrospect I wish I had my own pillowcase (& face towel) because I swear I got a pimple every time I slept at my one friends place😩 5. EXTRA MEASURES IF YOU HAVE PETS I let all my animals in my bed I can’t help it but try to keep em off the pillows! 6. SANITIZE YOUR STUFF I always have alcohol pads on hand! These are great for spatulas & tools. 7. AND SURFACES Anything you touch a lot! 8. WASH MAKEUP BRUSHES Properly cleaning your makeup brushes frequently is so crucial for clear skin!
First impression of Cherie Cheerleader prize 🥰
Happy Tuesday beauties!!! ❤️ I just received my prize for top 3 cheerleaders last week from @cherie 😍 I'm so happy and honored to be rewarded by @cherie and grateful for you all for cheering for my content!! It means the world to me ❤️ I received this new Pink Cloud rosewater moisture cream by @herbivore ✨HERBIVORE - PINK CLOUD Rosewater Moisture Creme This is such a beautiful water cream that glides on skin without making it greasy or heavy. This is perfect for Oily/Combination skin types or Acne prone skin like me. I prefer light moisturizers and preferably with minimum to no active ingredients just to keep my actives locked underneath and this is perfect for that reason! My first impression of this cream is amazing. I'm loving its slightly gel texture but not so watery, perfect for everyday use. It smells like fresh roses when you open the jar but the fragrance is very mild and doesn't linger for too long, love it! I have to give it a thumbs up for the packaging, it's a glass jar that looks beautiful. This has amazing natural ingredients such as : 🌹 Water - Naturally high in antioxidants and excellent for reducing appearance of redness in skin. This is also where Pink Cloud’s natural scent comes from. 🌹Sodium Hyaluronate - Vegetable sourced, it penetrates deeply into the skin to attract and retain water for maximum hydration. 🌹Aloe Water - Lightweight, skin soothing and hydrating. Aloe is also naturally rich in salicylic acid making it great for preventing blemishes. 🌹Kukui Oil - Rich in linoleic acid, it is great for hydrating and balancing all skin types, plus it adds a subtle dewy glow. 🌹White Tea Extract - Youth preserving, rich in antioxidants which protect skin from pigmentation and fine lines. 🌹Rice Extract - Improves texture and clarity of skin by smoothing and brightening dark spots. 🌹Radish Root Ferment - A 100% Natural cutting edge preservative that we use in our products. In my opinion this is beautiful moisturizer that can save it's place in your everyday skincare regimen! I will post my experience and in depth review in few weeks. My first impression is all good and I would love to keep using this.
My Cuticle Care Picks + Tips
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To cup or not to CUP! ?
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