Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs.
- Dry skin is common, it happens more often in the winter
- The skin loses moisture and may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed.
- Bathing too frequently, especially with harsh soaps, may contribute to dry skin
- Eczema may cause dry skin
- Keep baths or showers short. Use warm (not hot) water
- Use as little soap as possible. Limit its use to face, armpits, and genitals if you can. Dry your skin thoroughly but gently -- pat, DON'T rub
- Take baths or showers less often
Increase skin and body moisture
- Use bath oils and moisturizers at least daily. Thick, greasy moisturizers work best. Avoid products with alcohol. Apply just after a bath or shower, when your skin is still damp
- Use a humidifier if the air is dry
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Apply cool compresses to itchy areas
- Try over the-counter cortisone creams lotions if your skin is inflamed
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