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Got dry skin?

Dry skin, known medically as xerosis, affects many individuals of all ages, gender and race- especially in the winter. Dry skin is typically characterized by dry, red, rough or scaling skin. However, small cracks in the skin can occur in some cases.

This skin condition can be sparked by environmental factors (frequent bathing, cold weather, low humidity) as well as many medical conditions. The medical conditions that can cause dry skin are: diabetes, atopic dermatitis, hypothyroidism, malnutrition, down syndrome, lymphoma, liver/kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS.

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There are many ways that you can actually combat dry skin. Adopting healthy bathing habits can be a great start! It is important to bathe only once daily for under 15 minutes, use lukewarm water and apply oil-based moisturizers immediately after bathing. It can also be helpful to place a humidifier in your bedroom during the cold seasons.

Some over-the-counter remedies can be helpful. Petroleum jelly, cortisone cream, fragrance-free creams or ointments and topical antibiotics can all help control the symptoms of dry skin.

Have you already tried the aforementioned over-the-counter remedies and found little to no relief? Feel free to contact us today for a consultation to determine an effective treatment for your skin.